Creative Commons was the best website to introduce to the students as a part of the Digital Citizenship unit when we talked about finding photos online to use in their Power Point presentations on Ancient Egypt.
Our project was integrated into the Topic unit on Ancient Egypt and we worked closely together. In the ICT lab the students conducted an online research on different aspects of Ancient Egypt such as ‘Daily Life of Ancient Egyptians’, ‘Food in Ancient Egypt’, ‘Mummification’, ‘Hieroglyphics’ and ‘Pyramids’. Apart from this, they also had to find appropriate images related to the areas of their research. We looked at different images of the pyramids in Ancient Egypt, compared them to other pyramids in other countries.
Created by David Stanley.
Created by Robert Young.
First, we tried to pick the best images related to each aspect and discuss them as a group. Students shared their ideas about the associations they had looking at these images, and how they could relate to their work. They looked at different types of pyramids (not only those in Egypt but also in other countries) and discussed their differences and similarities. Students really enjoyed examined images of hieroglyphics and tried to guess the meanings of the written text – they examined a few simple hieroglyphics characters first and then had a look at the compound ones and deciphered them. They completed this activity by using an online ancient Egyptian translator tool to translate their names into the ancient Egyptian and examined each character of their names.
Another cool use of images is Pechaflickr – Pechaflicker is ‘the sound of random flickering’. This is a tool, which shows you twenty (by default, but you can change the number) random images, each for twenty seconds (you can adjust the timing as well). This is a perfect tool for creative digital story telling. I used it a little in my Ancient Egypt unit as well. I tagged it ‘Ancient Egypt’ and it showed random images on Ancient Egypt. While one image was on, one student had to make a sentence related to this image. Then, another student made another sentence regarding the following image and in this way we created a story.
There are many other ways to use images in class. By using digital images in class, you can encourage students to create narratives for pictures and photo essays. Images can be used to build students’ vocabulary (especially, it’s priceless for EAL students). It can be used in visual storytelling, visual biographies, and photojournalism.