Photo and video sharing is the transfer and publishing of photos and video online thereby allowing individuals to share (either privately or publicly) their works with others. For educators the benefits of photo and video sharing is two-fold - student work can be uploaded and displayed and students and teachers can choose images or video used to illustrate ideas and concepts studied in class. Many are tagged which makes it easier to find images or video according to a particular topic.

Flickr is perhaps the best known of the free online photo management and sharing applications (Solomon & Schrumm, 2007). In terms of video sharing sites YouTube is the most popular, but is often blocked by school administrators. For education purposes TeacherTube, which was designed for educational resoruces contianing classrooom teaching mateirals, tutorials and student-produced work, and SchoolTube , which showcases student-produced and moderator approved videos, are widely accessible in schools.

This YouTube video demonsrates how Flickr can be used in an educational setting.

Possible uses of Flickr in the classroom
  • teachers can upload images on specific themes or topics for use in their classes
  • images can be inspiration for creative writing
  • students can learn about the uses of Creative Common licences (through initial teacher instruction) in selecting appropriate images for use for their own projects and Web 2.0 applications
  • photography, or other, students can contribute images to Flickr free of copyright for others to use in their blogs, wikis or other multimedia presentations

7 things you should know about Flickr - Educause

Possible uses of TeacherTube or SchoolTube in the classroom
  • Clips can introduce students to new topics/themes/ideas
  • Student-produced videos (from Media, Multmedia and other classes) can upload their videos to SchoolTube
  • Video can be used as a motivator or inspiration for writing
  • LOTE classes could use video clips for listening and viewing native speakers for language learning
  • Science classes can watch experiments being underaken
  • English or reading classes can use clips on author interviews about books and writing
  • Clips can be used as discussion starters
  • Use the multitude of "how to" tutorials on
  • View a "how to" video and use to assist with understanding technologies

7 things you should know about YouTube - Educause