Imagine 20 random photos that someone else chooses for you, each one projecting on a screen for 20 seconds, while you develop and deliver a presentation to a room of your peers. Doesn’t that sound like fun? What kind of learning does this improvisation encourage?

  • confidence and understanding of material
  • responsiveness to visual cues
  • spontaneous thinking
  • boasts creativity
  • perfects presentation skills

PechaFlickr is a great online tool that allows for improvisation in the classroom.

How It’s Done

  • Go to pechaflickr.net.
  • Enter a key word or tag (the Flickr safe search option is used when searching for images but there are no guarantees).
  • Select “Advanced Options” to change the number of slides (default is 20) or to change the duration for each slide (default is 20 seconds for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds). Advanced options also give you a link to share, if you choose.
  • Click play.
  • A starting screen will display bed=fore the first slide appears and the fun begins.
  • When PechaFlickr is completed, thumbails of the images and a list of the image links will display.

Classroom Practices

  • Ice Breaker exercise
  • Presentation skill exercise
  • Writing prompts
  • Foreign Language vocabulary and conversation
  • Storytelling
  • Application of theoretical concepts
  • Review for exams or test
  • Interpretation of social contexts

Create your own unique tag for preloading images to Flickr that are pertinent to your discipline.

pechaflickr-screen

 

Using the tag word “nanook” the slide images that were displayed included some unexpected results.

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Examples and Resources

Incorporating activities in the classroom that are active, rather than passive, have proven beneficial in long-term learning for better understanding and retention.

For more information about using PechaFlickr see these helpful website resources:

PechaFlickr: http://pechaflickr.net/

Technology and Learning http://studentsteach.it/an-evening-learning-with-alan-levine/

Neurophyschological Viewpoint: http://appliedimprov.ning.com/profiles/blogs/improvisation-and-learning-a

TechTalk 2013 Speaker Alan Levine using PechaFlickr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiEMkUE0sHY

DS106 Assignment Bank: http://assignments.ds106.us/

Interested in seeing how it works? Watch for an announcement from UAF eCampus for a PechaFlickr event coming to Acrtic Java or the Pub this fall!

UAF eCampus PechaFlickr at the Pub Spring 2014: http:// youtu.be/DNSrQ3PLGvU 

 

Allan Levine Rocks!