I also discovered that while Flickr claims to be unlimited, that free account users are in fact limited to 300 MB of images and 2 videos each month. If you are going to sign up for Flickr you also want to make sure that you are going to use the account because after 90 days of inactivity, your account will be deleted! Pro account users obviously have more unlimited options because they are paying for the service.
While Flickr is definitely a photo sharing site, it is also billed as a social network. Their are communities on Flickr where users can connect with each other to share photos, make comments, and meet new people. There is also the ability to add Flickr pages to your RSS feed!
Flickr could have some classroom and telecollborative uses, but I think that posts by other teachers and students would have to be monitored carefully. Students can not only take and upload pictures, but also edit pictures through the Picnik photo editing application within Flickr. Some classroom and telecollaborative ideas for Flickr include:
- students taking pictures to add into an online storybook, such as Storybird
- students taking and sharing pictures around the world based on themes such as family, community, holidays, health & nutrition, etc...
- students/teachers taking pictures to share with students so that they can write about them using a Blog or a Wiki
- students taking an object/pet home to take pictures and describe their experience...i.e. Flat Stanley project
- uploading video from a Flip camera or other device to edit and begin putting together a movie
On a side note, combining web 2.0 applications, you can even find Flickr on Twitter! Don't forget that if Flickr is not for you that you can try Snapfish, photobucket, Picassa, SmugMug or Shutterfly.