Thing #6 Flickr fun, mashups, and 3rd party sites

What is a "mashup"?
Wikipedia offers a great article that explains mashups. Basically they are hybrid web applications that take features from one application (like Flickr) and mash it up with another (like Google Maps). In this example, you get Mappr (

Like many web 2.0 sites, Flickr has encouraged other people to build their own online applications using images found on the site. Through the use of APIs (application programming interfaces), many people have created third party tools and mashups* that use Flickr images. Here is just a sampling of a few …
· Mappr - takes Flickr images and allows you to paste them on a map

· Flickr Color Pickr - lets you find public photos in Flickr that match a specific color.

· Mosaic Maker – create photo mosaics from photos found on Flickr.

Discover more mashups, web apps, and Flickr tools.

Discovery Exercise:
Your discovery exercise for this “thing” is to:
Explore some of the fun Flickr mashups and 3rd party tools that are out there. Create a blog post about one that intrigues you. You might want to check out FD ToysTrading Card Maker. And there’s a ton of librarians out there that have created their own Librarian Trading Card. So have some fun discovering and exploring some neat little apps.

For your post, discuss about some ways Flickr and/or Flickr mashups could be used in your library program or your classroom. If you are up to the challenge while you’re at it, create a trading card of your own and post it in your blog.

Take a look at more fun stuff from the Big Huge Labs.
Here is an example of a mashup created with FD Toys' Trading Card Maker.

Curriculum Connections:

Idea #1: Use Flickr toys to make a magazine cover. Many classes make their own magazine. This would be perfect! Example for covers: "Crusade Times," "Heading West," or "Genetics Today." Students could create a magazine cover and headlines for a famous person, historical event, or story character.

Idea #2: Create trading card sets. Liven up 5th grade mission projects, annual "animal" or "state" reports, and other topics that are ripe for change. Each student could create a card or student groups could design their own trading card pack. Trading the cards can be a fun game, but they can also be useful for recommended reading, books, illustrators, authors, and historical bios/dates. How would you use them? How about using them as Flash cards for vocabulary, periodical table, foreign language or ELL.


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Maggie said...

I loved this assignment! I created a trading card of a puppy stealing a sandal as a test...I can already tell you, I will be using this program to promote authors. Students can create author trading cards and exchange them among each other. This will help promote reading, while at the same time advertising books and creating a connection to authors. Thanks--can't wait!

ACavazos said...

Week Three; Thing #6 Flickr fun, mashups, and 3rd party sites

I spent alot of time on this particular thing. It is just awesome! I have created a trading card of our admin staff during Texas Public School's Week, and am sending it to them asap. I am working on a trading card for me to use at TLA! Love this!
I also loved the shape collage software. I created a collage to add to my email signature. Very easy to use, and very can turn entire folders of photos into collages to be used any way we want to.