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Exploring Images in the 21st Century Classroom







How can adding images to your in-class and online activities raise student interest? How can you help learners develop 21st century multi-literacy skills through active learning? 

In this six-week online workshop, participants will be introduced to various online image manipulation tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. They will explore how images can be used in educational settings for photo sharing, storytelling, slideshows and comics creation, as well as understand how Creative Commons licensing can be beneficial for classroom use.  By the end of the workshop, participants will have the chance to develop a plan to begin incorporating digital production into their lesson plans.




By the end of this workshop, participants will have

  • explored some online tools for image manipulation, photo sharing, storytelling, slideshows and comics creation
  • had an overview of the Creative Commons Licensing
  • seen examples of online activities using images
  • suggested activities based on the tools they explore
  • networked with other participants and shared visually appealing possibilities to manipulate educational content
  • understood the concept of user-generated production
  • understood the potential images have to foster multi-literacies in the 21st century classroom
  • enhanced their media literacy skills to meaningfully incorporate digital production into their lesson plans
  • learned about the revised Bloom's digital taxonomy and applied into their lesson plans
  • created a lesson plan which contemplates the use of online multimedia tools


Target audience



Any educator willing to step up to digital possibilities to enrich and enliven their classrooms with visually appealing resources. Participants are assumed to have skills necessary for basic communication via a discussion group and Internet browsing skills (tutorials will be made available for those with difficulties in areas that may prevent participation).



Interest Section


 CALL IS  and Video and Digital Media IS.





Weekly content


Week 1


During the first week of the course, participants will


  • Join the group meeting place, Ning
  • exchange introductions and become familiar with the group environments
  • add themselves to the group map
  • answer a survey to determine their experience with online tools
  • create their Flickr account and join the images4education group on Flickr
  • explore Flickr basic features



Week 2



During this week, participants will


  • understand the basics of tagging on Flickr
  • upload and organize their first photos
  • explore more advanced features in Flickr
  • play around with various Flickr Toys
  • read about using Flickr as a pedagogical tool
  • see examples of Flickr as a pedagogical tool
  • share their own ideas of Flickr use in the classroom
  • learn about the Creative Commons licensing
  • search for Creative Commons photos in Flickr under a certain topic


Extension: What if Flickr is blocked in your school/country? Sharing other tools and ideas



Week 3


During this week, participants will

  • have an overview of online slideshows tools
  • see examples of slideshows being used in the educational setting
  • choose, at least, two slideshows platforms to be used for the same purpose and compare them
  • take some of their flickr photos and send them to a slideshow


Extension: using digital multimedia platforms in the classroom



Week 4



During this week, participants will

  • read about digital storytelling
  • see examples of digital storytelling being used in the educational setting
  • check different digital storytelling tools that can be used in the classroom
  • create their own stories using a tool of their choice



Week 5


During this week participants will:

  • share their digital stories
  • read about the revisited Bloom's taxonomy, Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
  • prepare a lesson plan that incorporates digital media into their content area to transform it to a  21st century lesson



Week 6


During this week participants will:

  • check and comment each other's lesson plans
  • assess their own learning during the session
  • evaluate the workshop








Alice Barr



Welcome all!

After living, teaching, and traveling on 5 continents, I am currently the Instructional Technology Integrator for Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, Maine, USA. I facilitate a 1:1 laptop program for grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18). I also teach at The University of Southern Maine and provide professional development sessions during the school year. I have participated in EVO and am a member of the podcast SEEDlings with Cheryl Oakes and Bob Sprankle. http://alicebarr.com



Ana Maria Menezes

I'm an EFL teacher and coordinator at a language institute in Brazil and am an edutech enthusiast. I love exploring different internet tools and use them as a way to promote interaction among students. I´ve been a "Learning with computers" member since 2006 and have co-moderated a session in  EVO 2008. My personal blog is http://lifefeast.blogspot.com


Bob Sprankle


Bob Sprankle: www.bobsprankle.com
Elementary School Tech Integrator in Wells, ME USA.

Carla Arena








 I'm a Brazilian EFL educator who's passionate about teaching. I'm curious and always in search of online tools that can add value to my teaching practices and hook up students to learn. I truly believe in the transformational power education holds when we find the right means to engage, enchant and motivate our learners.

I'm a teacher trainer at a Binational Center in Brasilia. I've been more and more involved in e-learning projects, devising online sessions and teaching them.  I'm a a blogging fan (or addict!) and enthusiastic Webhead.

I'm really excited about this online journey. For the past two years, I've co-moderated the Blogging4Educators session, but I'm up to this challenge of a session with wonderful souls.

More about me at BrazilBridges
I blog at http://explorations.bloxi.jp

Cheryl Oakes


Hello, I am a Collaborative Content Coach for Technology for our school district of 1460 students in Wells Ogunquit Community School District, Maine. In 2005, I completed a course during the online Electronic Village, Becoming a Webhead. That one course opened the door to so many opportunities that I am happy to "pay it back" by being part of this collaborative course. I am also a Webcaster at EdtechTalk, blogger at TechLearning.com, member of WoW2.0, presenter and lover of technology.




Daniela Munca
Hi! I am an EFL instructor from Moldova. I work with ACCELS (American Councils for International Education), I've been a FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange Program) Program coordinator for two years, and I have also taught kids with visual and hearing impairments ( podcasts and Youtube have been of tremendous help, so I hope to keep exploring other social software tools). I am a big fan of blogs and wikis (check http://dvmunca.blogspot.com/ and http://dvmuncaesl.wetpaint.com/?t=anon ).

Jane Petring

I teach English at the college/university level near Montreal in Quebec, Canada. I have participated, moderated or coordinated EVOs since 2004 and have used blogs with my students since my first discovery of the wonderful EVO community. I have also authored two series of textbooks for university-level ESL students that integrate topics dealing with online learning, global issues, media literacy and job-preparation skills. A current blog I am using with my students is at http://englishcefblog.blogspot.com/  

João Alves



Hi! I am an EFL and German teacher at a secondary school in Portugal. I'm passionate about technology and also about teaching using it. About one year ago I joined the Webheads and since then I haven't stopped learning about the potential of the Web 2.0 tools in education. Last year I started using these tools with my students, namely blogs, Google Docs and wikis. I have blogged about this experience in my blog here http://joaocarlosalves.eu

Mary Hillis    
Hello!  I am an EFL teacher in Japan who is enthusiastic about language teaching and learning. In 2006, I joined two online communities of practice: Becoming a Webhead and Learning with Computers. Since then, I have been exploring how technology can be used for both personal and professional projects.  You can read more about me at my blog, One Teacher's Journey

Nina Liyulkun





I come from Ukraine. I am also a teacher of English and co-coordinator on using Moodle platform at the Khmelnitskiy National University. Since the participation in Learning with Computers, Blogging 4 Beginners and BAW07 sessions this year I've been involved into activities using IT for teaching and learning online within our university. The sessions have given an impulse to continue improving my skills in this area. More info can be found at collaborative WorldCALL 2008 wiki,

Ronaldo Júnior

I'm a Brazilian EFL teacher and teacher trainer and have been working at Casa Thomas Jefferson, a binational center in Brasília, for the past 7 years. Carla Arena and Erika Cruvinel, who also work at Casa Thomas Jefferson, were the guilty ones for really getting me involved in technology-enhanced language teaching/learning by inviting me to become a webhead, so I'm very thankful to them. I'm now an enthusiast about student-driven online projects and am willing to share ideas and experiences.

More about me at BrazilBridges and I hope it works!


Susan Burg


I am an ESL teacher in Italy, specialized in e-learning at the

Università degli Studi di Firenze

.  I presently write course content for


and I, too, am very passionate about online learning and teaching.  I have been happily involved in the EVO community since 2002, first as participant and last year as co-moderator for the session on PowerPoint.  I blog at 

Open found and Susan





Communication tools to be used



Our Ning Group: main environment, message board for announcements and discussions

Our Flickr Group: group photosharing space

Our Wiki: syllabus, weekly tasks, weekly discussion threads and tutorials

Our Diigo Group: online social bookmarking space where we keep all the resources being shared by the group

Our FriendFeed : where we aggregate participants' online resources and artifacts



Join this session



To join this group:


From January 1 to 12:


  1. Go to:  http://images4education.ning.com/
  2. Click on "Sign up" (top right on your screen).
  3. Follow the instructions.




Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to fill out your profile.


Back to Call for Participation


 The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section.


 Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.

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