All of the pictures in the image above are taken from the #eltpics photos on Flickr. #eltpics was started in October 2010 when three teachers (@VictoriaB52, @vickyloras and @cgoodey) decided to tweet pictures to each other on a given theme each week. As Victoria said in this interview with tefl.net:
The idea blossomed, so we asked ELT folk on Twitter to join in and share our diversity. In 3 weeks [we had] over 200 images from 20 countries on our Flickr site.
You can see the 10 most recent pictures in the bottom-right hand corner of this page.
So how can you join in?
1. If you are not a member of Twitter, sign up for free.
2. Find out the topic for the week by searching for the #eltpics hashtag or asking @sandymillin, @fionamau or @cgoodey (the current curators of the site). A new topic is announced every Sunday. (By the way, if you have any topic suggestions, feel free to let us know!)
3. Choose the photos you want to share and upload them to a site like flickr, yfrog or twitpic. You can also use a Twitter client like Tweetdeck. Please ensure that the photos are your own and that you have the copyright.
4. Tweet the links to the pictures you want us to upload. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #eltpics so we can find them! If you want to help us out, you could also mention the set you want us to add the photo to.
5. Sit back and wait for us to tell you they have been uploaded. If we don’t reply within a couple of days, please let us know, as we sometimes miss one or two pictures.
Using the pictures
All of the photos are shared under a Creative Commons licence:
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
If you’re not happy with your pictures being shared and used in this way, please don’t send them! :)
Once they are on the flickr page, all of the images are available for teachers to use in their classrooms, for materials or for teaching-related blogposts. We would love to hear how you use them.
- Ideas for using the 2000th #eltpic on Ceri Jones’ blog
- Ideas for using the 3000th #eltpic on Infinite ELT ideas
- Ceri’s presentation from the 2011 IATEFL Conference on ‘Unleashing the Power of Images‘, including many #eltpics, as well as an interview in which she talked about them
- And another one from Ceri: this time, a guest post on Ken Wilson’s blog suggeting ways to use two of the images
- A ‘weather’ worksheet made using #eltpics
- Phil Bird describing #eltpics and crowdsourcing
- Adam Simpson advertising his #eltpics
- Cecilia Coelho’s lesson plan challenge, inspired by an #eltpics suggestion
- Chiew’s lesson plan and mind-mapping ideas with suggestions for how to use pictures in class
- From my own blog: Story prompts with #eltpics and Emotions wordclouds (including an #eltpics slideshow)
- A post from Denise including ideas for websites which you could use with #eltpics