Monday, September 7, 2009

FlickR for Formative Assessment??

Good night Exporer by mgsbird

I had never thought of the idea of getting learners to find images on FlickR that relate to the unit of work, other than to be used in a presentation or assignment. For Student Centred learning, however, it has been brought to my attention that FlickR can be used to check learner's understanding of a topic. Learners can create a flickR account, and search for an image that describes something in their current unit of work. For example, in the year 4 class I volunteer in, last term the Unit was called "Adventure on the High Seas", which looked at a number of different sea explorers from history, including John Newton. I might, for example choose the above photo as an example. I might say that to me, this unit is about people who go above and beyond, push the limits to find new beauty, just like the Eagle flying high in the sunset. (Okay, so its not the best example.... but I can expect more of students who have actually done the unit!)

In this way, you could check learners understanding of the core concepts of the unit by a) their choice of photo and b) their justification of choice. The photos and justifications could be loaded to a class blog or wiki, or simply pasted into word with an explanation and printed out.

Good idea of a different way to use FlickR. What do you think?

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