Flickr has a built-in photo editor called Aviary and that means you don't have to waste time editing in other apps and uploading back to Flickr. In addition to the 3 tools described below, it has some FINE filters and effects. It will work fetchingly for my school pictures and will help me achieve my goal of increasing the use of visuals and stories with my kids.
- SPLASH--do the Color Splash effect right in Flickr! Spash turns your entire picture black and white. Then, you simply color over the section you want colored. On the picture above, I would have the entire yard black and white with the YELLOW slide popping out. :) It could be a story starter or springboard! No need to go to another app/editor and then come back.
- DRAW--draw freehand any notes, circle or highlight things.
- TEXT--I like this tool so much because I can create pictures with text/quotes. There are photo/text apps with more options but this works fine for much of your edu-text/pic needs.
- My inspiration for this visual push was our convocation speaker +Darren Kuropatwa's Slideshare presentation, which I've included below. Thanks to Darren for learning out loud with us and sharing your learning online for all to use. Scroll through this, my friends. It's full of great pictures, IDEAS, and more pictures, with minimal yet meaningful text. Yes, Darren, I remember. 80% of our brains are wired to process visual data. :)
Why? Why would hawks hide? A picture with text opens up more than showing just the picture itself.
Good luck and I hope to see you and learn with you on Flickr AND on Twitter!