Testing the global waters

cc licensed flickr photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video: http://flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5710028991/

Following on from my powerful images lesson our resident presentation expert Jago Gazendam suggested that I put together a Flickr group to start sharing and collaborating on images that can help present difficult definitions in a clear way.

So at his request I have set up a Flickr group “Powerful Scientific Images”.

I realise that there are THOUSANDS of “Scientific” Images out there, in this case I am looking for images that help explain particular concepts. The images themselves do not need to be stereotypically scientific.

Right now students are using key words from our diseases unit to find images that help to describe or define those terms. I love this translational task as it genuinely requires students to have a clear understanding of what the term is to assist with their search. We used two great search engines both of which are attached to flickr. Compfight and Flickr-storm during this process the emphasis is on finding Creative Commons images that they can add the term to using powerpoint.

The students are currently working on this task and I will upload these photos to the group. The next stage for me is to encourage participation OUTSIDE of my school environment. I know that many schools have done similar tasks but used different terms. I am hoping to build up a collection of images that are specifically related to Science.

This is my first attempt at trying a networked task and since seeing the success of Tony Erni’s Human Traits Project I am giving this a go. Legends of the region Clint Hamada and Jabiz Raisdana have also completed this activity in their own subjects. I am hoping that it translates well into Science. I am truly intrigued as to how this may pan out.

Add your Science Images Here

As a side project I wonder how this might affect my twitter graph?

BEFORE Image created at http://www.aharef.info/static/htmlgraph/

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