Dare to Care

Creating, Contributing, Communicating, Connecting, Collaborating & Curating

by Denise Krebs
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Photo a Day for the Summer

You are invited to join educators and others who will take a photo a day for the summer.

Check out the #JJAProject group on Flickr. I like Flickr because conversations ensue and relationships are built. Likewise, in case I get behind in viewing and commenting, I can find all the pictures in one place. Flickr is now free, with a one terabyte limit.  However, if you have another favorite way to share photos, like Instagram or TwitPic, that’s fine too. Just tweet out your pic to tell us about it using the hashtag #JJAProject so we can find it.

Two summers ago, Sheri Edwards told me about this June/July/August Project, and I gave it a try. I even wrote about it back then.

BEST PART: My experience in this group two years ago helped me to learn what a PLN was, as I began to develop online friendships with other educators. 

Today’s picture:
2013-06-01 New Computer

by Denise Krebs
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Aerial America Photo Contest

Two weeks ago I received the comment below on this Flickr photograph of a milkweed bug.

I am always pleased when someone notices my photos and asks me to add them to a group, or in this case, submit them to a contest. Of course, I take everything with a grain of salt at first, and then I go out and vet the sources. I have often found them to be genuine and legitimate, as is the case this time!

The Aerial America Photo Contest is in conjunction with Smithsonian Channel’s beautiful Aerial America series. They wanted to also add photos showing what makes America beautiful “from the ground.” I love the photos that are being submitted to the Aerial America Photo Contest Group.

Have you taken pictures in any of the fifty states of the United States? If so, you might want to submit some to this contest.

Here’s how. You still have time to join in! The contest runs until September 30, 2011, and one person can submit ten photos, two each in five categories. Here are the categories directly from Aerial America’s Group page.

  1. Landscapes – Images capturing the beauty of the local landscapes, from sprawling hillsides to city skylines.
  2. The Locals – Images capturing the culture and the flair of the local people within a state.
  3. Architecture – From iconic landmarks to century- old barns, some of America’s crowning achievements are found in the architecture we’ve constructed.
  4. Food – There are few things more telling of a region than its signature dish!
  5. Nature & Animals – Images of everything from native wildlife to beloved pets, from backyard gardens to our country’s great forests.

So far I have uploaded one in the Nature & Animals category and one in The Locals category. Can you tell which is which?

There is one tricky step in uploading the photos to this contest. They must be geo-tagged.

According to the directions:
“*Note: Entries that are not geotagged will not be considered. It is important that your image be geotagged in order to qualify as an entry in this contest.”

If geotagging is new to you, as it was to me, read on for the very simple directions.

Use these three tags on the photo you wish to geotag:

  1. geo:lat=[insert latitude here]
  2. geo:lon=[insert longitude here]
  3. geotagged

To get the coordinates for the formula, use the map on your photo and place the picture in the exact location.

Once the location is saved, look in the lower right hand corner for the coordinates. You may not have noticed them before…

Highlight and copy only the coordinates and insert them into the correct geotags. For instance, the sample photo’s tags will look like this:

  • geo:lat=[39.801760977038]
  • geo:lon=[-89.654810428619]
  • geotagged

That’s about it. Note: The longitude and latitude tags will not show up on the list of tags, but will be in what is called Machine tags.

Finally, you can join the group and add your geotagged contest entries into the group.

Now, in the process of writing this blog post, I just added a third entry, this one submitted to the Architecture category.

I learned to geotag from a Flickr pro with a good sense of humor, Civilized Explorer.
Complete rules for the contest.

by Denise Krebs

Thanks, eltpics!


All these images were taken by @mk_elt and shared on #eltpics.

The more I learn about being part of the 21st century digital world we live in, the more I firmly believe it is about creating, contributing, connecting, collaborating and curating. It is so fun to learn something new and to join with others who are doing and sharing these things, as well.

This morning I learned about a resource that dedicated ELT educators are contributing to the world! Thanks to others who were willing to join the conversation, those of us involved in the June, July and August Project (Twitter hashtag #JJAProject) learned about eltpics today. I had never heard of the eltpics Flickr Photostream for teachers until I saw these tweets come by this morning:

eltpics tweets

Thank you to Sandy and Chiew for telling us about the wonderful photos available for educational use from eltpics.

I created the image at the top of this post with photos in a set called “Things Shaped Like Letters” by eltpics shared on Flickr with a Creative Commons BY-NC-2.0 License. I used Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker to put them all together to spell my name with these lovely organic images. Can you read it?

I’d like to learn how to contribute my own educational photos to the eltpics. Can anyone help me get started?

by Denise Krebs

June, July, August Project – Photo a Day

I am having so much fun taking a photo a day. When I wake up in the morning, I’m full of wonder about what the day has in store for my camera and me. I have never done anything like this before, so it’s great fun! Another perk in this project: I am learning to use Flickr. What a great program! The slower pace of summer is allowing me to learn all the ins and outs, so I can be a better curator of my photos.

Thanks to a discussion between Paula (@plnaugle), Mary (@scitechyedu) and Barbara (@BarbaraDay), I was able to join other teachers in a mini version of the 365Project. In this shorter challenge, we are taking a picture a day for June, July and August, Twitter hashtag #JJAProject. Read more about it at Welcome to the #JJAProject. It’s not too late to join in the fun. Grab your camera and start today!

Special thanks to Sheri (@grammasheri) for inviting me to participate! And now, before further hyperlink abuse, I will leave you with a few of my first photos! Thanks for viewing!