Using flickr to teach art history

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A colleague recently shared this wonderfully creative and effective example of using flickr as a teaching tool.

The instructor put notes directly on the image, and the students provided comments of their own. The discussion is mediated by, rather than peripheral to, the image.

I’m thinking about about how this could be integrated into museums; imagine putting a touch screen next to a painting (or perhaps as an overlay to a painting!) and inviting the viewer to add their own notes about what they see. With all of the talk about podcasts in museums, why not more thought about developing visually oriented tools to work with visual media in museums?

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