Before Christmas I came across a new Ning network, Images4Education , advertising a six-week online workshop offered through the Electronic Village Online with the aim to introduce its participant to various online image manipulation tools and exchange ideas on how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. Creative uses in educational settings include photo sharing, storytelling, slideshows and comics creation.
There is also a section of the workshop dedicated to Creative Commons licensing and how it can be beneficial for classroom use.
The group now consists of 386 members from all over the world and the project is supported by a Flickr group, a Diigo group, a FriendFeed and a wiki.
There are weekly tasks set but the emphasis is on progression rather than deadlines.
One of the most powerful aspects of the project is to make you realize that anything around you can be a resource. This is all the more powerful that your everyday surroundings can be “swapped” with educators from all over the world. Check my photos for ideas...
Teaching about where people live in England? Ask me and I will upload a few pictures from the houses near me. I am teaching about places in town (in Spanish), can you help? This is the picture of a bullring from Venezuela…
First the students had to identify the place, then learn what it was in Spanish and then they had to guess where the picture came from… hopefully showing an awareness of where Spanish is spoken in the world. This is global collaboration!