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What is Photo Sharing?

Photography has come a long way. Digital cameras are more popular, inexpensive, and digital photos can be used in many ways in education. "Photo sharing is the publishing or transfer of a user's digital photos online, thus enabling the user to share them with others (whether publicly or privately). This functionality is provided through both websites and applications that facilitate the upload and display of images." ( Wikipedia)

Once the photos are online, different photosharing sites offer a variety of tools to organize, print, display, edit, annotate, tag, manipulate, and use them.

You can add "tags" or keywords to your photos. That will help you organize, sort and find information.

Photo Editing/Sharing in the Classroom

  • Create slideshows
  • Share photos for use in student TV news production
  • Display student work, art work, activities
  • Post pictures for staff to view
  • Share photos appropriate to education
  • Document programs we've created
  • Send photos to teachers of student activities
  • Post pictures onclassroom blog
  • Create photo albums of school events, author visits, special programs
  • Create photo books
  • Create posters
  • Store images for use in the annual report and presentations to administrators and parents
  • Use as writing prompts (Library of Congress images on Flickr, etc.)
  • Post on sites where parents can purchase images of their children at school and school activities
  • Organize photos
  • Use images for newsletters
  • Use for students' multimedia projects
  • Use in digital storytelling
  • Teach students about photography, digital cameras, composition, lighting, etc.
  • Teach about photo sharing, tags, searching for images, copyright, creative commons licensing
  • Locate and print photos to be used in displays or on bulletin boards




  • Snapfish Ability to create "group rooms" where all your staff, students, and teachers can add photos to one collection.
  • Flickr One of the largest and most popular photo sharing sites, you can tag your photos, comment on the photos of others, search by tag or user, create (or use) RSS feeds, download images in multiple sizes, form sets, establish groups for sharing among colleagues, use geotags (location information, and much more. Many other web-based applications have been developed for Flickr.
  • Shutterfly In addition to being able to pick up your prints at your local Target, shutterfly offers an online community where you can share your work and see projects created by others as well as a blog full of ideas. Includes a section on digital storytelling. Shutterfly Share offers free webpage space and templates for showing and sharing your photos.
  • Picasa Web Albums from Google. Upload and manage your photos. Public albums are searchable through Google image searching.
  • BubbleShare Add clipart, audio captions, video captions to your albums. Send images to your blog. Frame photos with over 20 themes. Print photo books, calendars and cards.
  • Animoto (more of a music video from your photos)
    One True Media (also a music video of your photos)


Getting Started with Flickr
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