Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Experimenting with Picasa

Posted by PicasaI am trying out Picasa, since I'm already familiar with Flickr. I'm not nervous, exactly, but I am out of my element. It is rather easy to get started, and sending a photo right to my blog from Picasa was very easy (I liked that). What I think would be a really cool and authentic activity would be to have students do a comparative study of the photo sharing sites (Flickr, Picasa, and Photobucket). I'm sure that critical comparisons have been done already (I'll look that up in just a moment), but it would be an interesting project to do with a class. The students could create their own rating scales, and test the sites according to the criteria they have set. They could journal their discoveries in a blog, and invite other photographers to comment on their findings. Perhaps groups could present their findings as if they are trying to convince their school which photo sharing site they should support.


Jo-Anne Gibson said...

What a lovely family and displayed in such a beautiful collage!

I like your idea of having the students decide what the better photo sharing system is but would they each have their own Picasa/Flickr or Photobucket site or would they all use your access to these sites. Wouldn't students need gmail and yahoo to access these sites? Just wondering out loud...


Carol N. said...

Hi Jo-anne, thanks for your wonderings. I do believe they need the accounts in order to post photos and leave comments. They can view without them though (but the real fun happens when they're using them).

I will do some more investigating and let you know the manner of access that is recommended.