I mentioned this excellent lesson starter in my recent TESS Article and have shown it to loads of teachers around the country over the past few months. It is non-subject specific, its quick, has huge impact and provides and excellent context for discussion.
In order for it to work you need reasonable Internet access, a data projector, access to flickr and a willingness to take a risk. The risk, in my opinion, is not that great – you just have to be prepared not to pre-moderate the flickr images. If anything inappropriate comes I just make this part of the learning.
1. Go to flickr – www.flickr.com
2. In the search box type in what your lesson is about or what you want to generate discussion about (eg: triangles, Roald Dahl, cakes, glaciers, hockey, world war two, chemicals, Vincent VanGogh etc…). Click on search.
3. Flickr returns hundreds of user generated photos / content. You can have a quick scan through to see if you think it is appropriate content or not.
4. Then click on slideshow.
5. Flickr turns all the photographs into a slide show that you can show as the class is coming in, to introduce a topic or to generate discussion.
6. There are no copyright issues as all you are doing is technically browsing the flickr website – the users of the site want you to see their photos!
The below video shows me generating a lesson starter for a lesson on glaciers. As you will see from the video it hardly takes any time at all.