My Friend Flickr


Presenter: Charlene Chausis, Technology Trainer
(Retired 2012)
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Apple Distinguished Educator 2003


School Website:


Presented at the NICE Mini-Conference, January 27, 2007, and

Illinois Conference for Educators (IL-TCE), March 1, 2007

Show photos and tell your stories with Flickr -- an online photo sharing site that offers more than just photo albums. Find copyright-friendly photos for your classrooms and collaborate with others by creating your own network of photographers.

  [ - Listen to the presentation - from the NICE Mini-Conference - ]



What is Flickr?

Flickr --

Now owned by Yahoo, a tremendous resource for images. Many Flickr users have chosen to "protect" their work with a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through photos under each type of license Link to the Creative commons search.

On March 22, 2007, Flickr rolled out content filtering, allowing Flickr users to flag their images as they upload them and to also set their "viewing" preferences. I'm happy to report that my account has been reviewed as "Safe"  by the Flickr staff -- which in the description says I am good at moderating my own content. This is one of 3 filters that can apply to your pictures. The other 2 categories are "Moderate" ( some photos my be considered offensive by some people) and "Restricted" (for photos that are "unsuitable for children, your grandmother or your workmakes"). Flickr content filter also includes 3 categories for your uploads: photos, art/illustration or screenshots. Flickr also now provides a way to only search for "Safe" photos too! You can choose a "safety level" that applies to any site-wide searches you perform while you are logged in and which can be adjusted on a per search basis using the the advanced search page at: -- note however, the content filter selections only appear when you are logged into your account.

From Wikipedia (

''Flickr is a photo sharing website and web services suite, and an online community platform, which is generally considered an early example of a Web 2.0 application. In addition to being a popular Web site for users to share personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers as a photo repository. Its popularity has been fueled by its innovative online community tools that allow photos to be tagged and browsed by folksonomic means."

It's about the Tag -- You're it!
You can give your photos a "tag", which is like a keyword. Tags help you find photos which have something in common. You can assign as many tags as you wish to each photo.

My bookmarks for Flickr-related websites:


Flickr in Education

Search for Copyright-friendly images ala the "Creative Commons" search:

Creative Commons Flickr search:

Flicker Groups

Consider starting or joining a Flickr Group, such as the Illinois Technology Conference for Educators Flickr Group

Lucy Gray has assembled a list of Flickr Groups in her "Friday 5" blog for educators:

Geo-tagging: the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as websites, RSS feeds, or images. This data usually consists of latitude and longitude coordinates, though it can also include altitude and place names. Wikipedia

From Tech Crunch: Flickr Geo Taggking Now Live

World Explorer:
The World Explorer is a new way to explore the world while browsing real users' public photos, using TagMaps. The Explorer is based on photos users upload to the Flickr website. The World Explorer engine analyzes the information tied to the photos (such as location and tags) to find the main "attractions" in each location and in every zoom level and compute their "importance".

Bookmarklet to Map your Flickr Photos:

FdFlickr Toys --
check out Motivator, movie poster, trading cards, billboards and more!

Slideshow tool example

Motivator example

Flickr Features and other interesting items

What can we do with Flickr? -- this Flickr photo with notes, guides you to other features of Flickr.

Camera Finder:
Explore this link to find what cameras are popular, or if you are considering a camera, you can view some samples taken.

Retrievr -- dynamically searches for images in Flickr that match the color and shape of a sketch you can draw in real time, or by matching an image you upload, such as this result from drawing a red heart:


Flickr  "How to"  and other resources

From David Warlick: Setting up a Flickr Account:

From Jeff Utech, presented at the K12-Online Conference, "Using Flickr" -- This 18 min. video showcases the power of Flickr. Learn how to search for photos, upload, edit and organize your photos individually or in batches; as well as how to "Geo-tag" your pictures on a world map.

From Wesley Fryer's "" blog, Podcast 120: Using Flickr and Bubbleshare...

David Jakes provides "Best of Flickr" resources on the Technology & Learning website.

and the companion website to his Flickr presentation:

From Jonathan Coulton, The Flickr Song:

Flicker bits... uploading tools and more!

Mac users: FlickrExport allows you to upload image files to Flickr from within iPhoto! Free!

Linux, PC & Mac users:

Upload utilities are available for these platforms:


Another Flash-based interface to Flickr -- use for quick searches.

FLICKR PICKR - A San Francisco Chronical regular feature from John Curley

Spell with flickr -- this site grabs flickr images in the shapes of letters to spell custom messages.

LetterPop -- create newsletters and flyers in this web-based utility. Free and easy, and can use your flickr photos!

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Last Updated: June 14, 2017