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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As we smash the champagne bottle on the side of the CPU, welcome! No rabbits with pancakes on their heads here, unfortunately, but hopefully this will be an interesting project for me and my friends.

(Does the world need a new blog? Eh, probably not. The world doesn’t need a lot of things.)

This weblog is intended to a place to collect and share innovations in user experience. My other blog, the semi-eponymous, is in the process of moving to a new hosting platform after a seismically ridiculous screw-up by my previously reliable hosting company. Once recovered, that blog will then be free to be a place to gather the goings-on in humble Somerville, MA, also known as the “Gateway to Medford” among other less glorious monikers.

In the spirit of co-construction of knowledge, I invite you to submit your own observances and critiques of user experience. If you are related to me (Lydia, this means you) you are required to help out. Because I said so. And I’m older than you.