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Bookr, a Flickrtoy created by the Pimpampum team, lets you create photobooks using Flickr images in its Creative Commons content or your own Flickr images.
The Web 2.0 tool requires no registration, a plus for any online teacher resource.
Although somewhat limited in choices, this site still offers a good source for images that can be used as educational photos.
Photobooks can be emailed, published by embedding them in a blog or other web site, or by simply publishing a link to the photobook. This great teacher resource can be an alternative to a PowerPoint show.
21st Century Learning Skills
Using this Web 2.0 tool can spark students' imagination and creativity as they locate appropriate images and design a photobook.
Critical thinking skills will come into play as they plan the sequencing of their books and determine useful tags (keywords) to use for their searches for images.
In the Classroom
Students can create photobooks to showcase creative writing assignments or to illustrate a research project.
Bookr provides a good opportunity to discuss with students what image tags are and how they aid in the organization and searches of images.
Teachers should discuss with students and show examples of how the text and pictures should work together to convey the meaning.
When planning their photobooks, students will need to brainstorm a list of possible tags/keywords to use when searching for images. Often students begin with broad terms and then need to focus and narrow their searches.
Below is a student-created photobook about Thomas Jefferson.
Teachers can create a photobook to introduce a new unit of study or as an introduction to a book or other lesson. This way students get to see the online tool used first before trying it themselves.
Below is a teacher-created photobook about yarn that was used as an introduction to the 2013 Caldecott Honor book Extra Yarn.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Several of the CCSS Anchor Standards can be meet using this site. Whether writing a story or reporting on a research activity, students will need to go through the planning, writing, and revision process. They will practice visual and media literacy skills when selecting images that suit the style and purpose of their writing and their audience.
WRITING - Production and Distribution of Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING - Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
This is a good video tutorial offering "teachable moments" suggestions when demonstrating this Web 2.0 teaching tool to your students.
Remind students not to include their full names or other personal, identifying information on their photobooks. No registration is required to use the site.
Students could possible encounter inappropriate content during searches for images and in the archives of public photobooks on this web site.
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