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Created: Apr 8 2012

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Designed for students as a tutorial for "Flicktion". Teachers, please consider using this tool as an enhancement to your daily instruction.

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If you are a teacher that is looking for new daily activities or ideas for final drafts for your student’s writing, you may want to check out Flicktion. I designed this screencast as a guide for students, so if you are a teacher, please consider using this tool in your classroom to support instruction. In a language arts classroom, kids get tired of rough and final drafts all of the time. With Flicktion, students are presenting their work in a creative and digital way. Though designed for a language arts room, this sreencast could be used in any discipline as a fun way to support your instructional objectives.

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Indicators and objectives from Frederick County Public School’s 7th grade curriculum: LA.700.70 Students will demonstrate their ability to USE THE STRUCTURES AND CONVENTIONS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE in their written comIndicators and objectives from Frederick County Public School’s 7th grade curriculum: LA.700.70 Students will demonstrate their ability to USE THE STRUCTURES AND CONVENTIONS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE in their written communication (instructional purpose). LA.700.70.01 Use English language conventions correctly to communicate clearly, including • Sentence structure • Punctuation • Capitalization • Grammar and usage LA.700.70.02 Use language fluently and appropriately for a variety of contexts, purposes, and audiences. LA.700.70.03 Use conventional spelling in their own writing. munication (instructional purpose). LA.700.70.01 Use English language conventions correctly to communicate clearly, including • Sentence structure • Punctuation • Capitalization • Grammar and usage LA.700.70.02 Use language fluently and appropriately for a variety of contexts, purposes, and audiences. LA.700.70.03 Use conventional spelling in their own writing.

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Ok, WITs, for those of you who do not know, WIT stands for “Writers in Training”, because all of you are writers, simply training to be better with each entry. This Screencast is going to show you how to use a tool that will make writing more personal for you. We will be using a section of Flickr called, “Fliction” many times this year with a purpose that you can demonstrate that you know how to use the structures and conventions of The English Language. The title, Fliction” combines the photo program Flickr and the fiction writing that you develop in your mind.

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• “Flicktion” is a tool that allows an author to choose a photo of their choice and then write a caption, essay, narrative or poem about it. The photos that you use will be of your choice and often from your own Flickr account. The best part about this is that you can showcase a photo that you love or that inspires you to write.

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• When you use this program, you will already have the photo you are going to use in mind. In class or for homework, you will have selected your photo and completed the final draft of your writing so that we save time once we go to put it all together.

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You will have an electronic version of the story already opened in a Microsoft Word document before we go to the computer lab. Make sure you have a title for your writing—you will need it after you upload your photo.

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Before you use this program you must sign up for a Flickr account. You can do that here.

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Once you have your Flickr account established, you are ready to start your “Flicktion” story. This is super simple. Check it out. This is what your homepage will look like. (Welcome to Flickr! page)

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For this sample, I am using a photograph from the Stutthof Concentration Camp in Poland. This photo spoke to me in reference to the prejudice unit and The Holocaust that we have been learning about. I’d like to model “Fliction” for you by telling the story of this photo.

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• To upload a photo click #2 on your homepage, “Upload photos and video”.

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• Click Step #1, “Choose photos and videos”.

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• Choose the photo that you want to upload and click it. It will load onto the Flickr site in seconds.

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• At the giant green check mark, click the blue writing that says, “add a description”. You’ll then see this screen. Begin by entering the title of your writing piece under the photo where it says “Title”.

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• Right under the “Title” is the “Description Box”. This is where you are going to copy your work from your Microsoft Word document. Highlight the piece and then click on “Copy” under the “Edit” tab. Click back onto the Flickr page, click inside of the “Description” box, and right click to “Paste” your work.

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• Next you’re going to add a “Tags” to your work. • The “Tag” box is for key words that would show your photo when someone searches for a topic. For instance, I am going to tag the words and phrases, “Train tracks to a Concentration Camp”, “Stutthof”, “WWII” and the most important tag that I will write is “Flicktion”. • If you do not tag that word, your photo will not show up in the “Fliction” section of Flickr. So again, you must type the word “Flicktion” in the “Tags” section.

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• Do not forget to save your masterpiece by clicking “Save” at the bottom of the page.

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• The next screen takes you back to “Your Photostream”. • Click on the photo you just saved and it should appear very large. • Underneath the photo should be your written piece and to the side should be your “Tags”. If the word “Flicktion” does not appear in that section, click on “(add a tag)” and write the word as a tag.

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• Above, you see a blue section that says, “Add this photo to your map”. Click on those words. • A larger map will appear and then your can add the location where this picture was taken. I find it easiest, to type your location in the ”Search” box. Flickr will provide a list of places and you may confirm the location. • The map feature asks you to confirm the place and will ask who may see the location. I am going to say that “Anyone” may see the location. • Hit the blue “Save” button and “X” out of the map.

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• Your entry is now ready and is available to be viewed by other “Flicktion” users. • Click on your “Flicktion” tag and it will take you to “Your Photostream/Tags/fliction”. You will see every photo you have tagged with Flicktion. Others can now see these photos and the fantastic writing you added. • Finally, click on the blue saying, “public content tagged with flicktion”. That link now takes you to all of the other people’s stories, captions, or poems for you to check out. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your next writing piece or maybe you’ll make a comment on other’s writing. • If you really like a piece, click the word “Favorite” at the top of the photo next to the star. That will make the star red and save to your homepage to check-out later. • If you’d like to make a comment on someone else’s “Flicktion”, scroll down to under the photo and type your comments. Remember to use complete sentences and correct punctuation, please. • If you like the person’s work and would like to see more, simply click on the “Older” or “Newer” buttons at the top of the page.

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• Now that you have a tutorial as to how to use “Fliction”, you will be ready to create digital writing and show your creativity off to the world. • Use “Flicktion” whenever you want to publish a piece that is lingering in your head or when you need inspiration for your next writing. • Remember the purpose for “Flicktion” is so that you can show what you know and express it in your own way. • Flickr + Fiction = Fliction

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