Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Flickr Mobile Video...An Easy Option for Teachers

When I first learned that Flickr was adding video as a posting option, I was a bit skeptical. Flickr works so well for posting images, that I was unsure how video would fit in to the context of the site. However now that I have had a few weeks to play with Flickr video, I can honestly say I am an even bigger fan of this site. Flickr allows mobile video posting and photo posting from one easy email address. In addition, Flickr allows for private or public blog posting of the videos/images. Flickr gives each user two email addresses (one for private posts, and one for public blog posts). This ends up being a great option for classroom teachers because they can have their student's use Flickr to post public videos and images (such as an online student-run blog newspaper) and they can use Flickr for students to post private pictures as part of an image-related quiz (such as a science class documenting different biological phenomenon in their natural setting). Since teachers only have to give out two email addresses, and the fact that teachers have administrative controls over the account makes Flickr a great option for mobile video and image posting.

Here is how you can set up your Flickr mobile video and image public and private posting...
Step 1:
Login to Flickr and create an account

Step 2:
Click on uploading Tools (next to Upload Photos)

Step 3: Click on Check Out the Flickr Mobile Tools

Step 4:
You now will be given an email address for private posting from a cell phone. In addition you can click on Upload to Blog to get a "public" mobile email address where your images/videos will automatically be posted to the blog of your choice.

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