When I got an AppleTV device in my classroom, I realized that I either had to link my cell phone photo stream or my Flickr pictures to the screensaver if I wanted my own images floating across the sleeping television screen as a screensaver or a slideshow.
I realized that this was a great opportunity to use photos of my student's work as a scrolling gallery. Also, I REALLY did not want to use every image in my iphone photo stream....that could get weird, if my students saw all the things I randomly photograph on my phone (hello scrambled eggs, book titles, and my new shoes).
I knew it was time to renew my Flickr account and start using it for REAL. And with the Flickr App on my phone, I can snap a picture, put it in an album and have it scrolling across the screen in just a few seconds flat. The screen saver and slideshow options on the Apple TV are in HD....and there are many different formats including a moving portrait gallery, sliding squares, and cascading tiles.
Before, if I wanted to use a photo, I had to hook my phone or my DSLR camera up to my computer, upload every photo, organize them, and then upload them onto some sort of slide show. Now, it takes just a few seconds to do all that. This is handy if someone has a great idea in one class, I can snap a picture, upload it and show it off to the next class.
Below, you can see two GIFs of the Flickr slideshow on the t.v. in my classroom. The t.v. is so new, the conduit hasn't been installed to cover the cords ;-) I used the app GifBOOM to make this GIF.
Example. This summer, I am teaching a class about American History. I decided to focus on Abraham Lincoln. My plan is to show video clips, have a Lincoln photo booth, and my students will work in collaborative groups to make a large-scale painting of the famous president. We will look at examples from other artists who have made his image iconic. I am really excited about this project. Instead of 'stealing' a bunch of random photos from a google image search, downloading them to my computer, and spending time making a photo presentation, I just organized a few images of Lincoln into a gallery on Flickr. I can project that, along with any additional instructions in the classroom. This will provide an opportunity for students to see a variety of images, compare and contrast various elements within the portraits, and use the gallery as inspiration for their own images.
I will post images of the student work with more links later.
Do you have an Apple TV in the classroom? Do you use Flickr in the classroom?
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