Flickr Hits 100,000,000 CC Photos

Flickr Photo by Joshua Sosrosaputro

I got this from a Twitter post this morning from iJohn Pederson, “Number of CC licensed photos on Flickr just passed 100,000,000. (Congrats world!)”  I retweeted it, as have several others.  You can read the details at the Creative Commons blog, article Celebrate 100 Million CC Photos on Flickr…

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been keeping a close eye on the number of CC licensed photos of Flickr. Our calculations now show that Flickr has surpassed 100 million CC licensed photos sometime during the day on Saturday, March 21st, 2009. As of Monday, we’re calculating the total number of CC licensed photos at 100,191,085.

From a teacher’s point of view, this is important in view of one of the most important questions that faces us today.  Let me explain it this way.

When I was still teaching, my grandparents moved from the house they had lived in for more than fifty years.  Because I was the only teacher in the family, they gave me their decades worth of National Geographic Magazines.  I must shame myself by admitting to you, that as I leafed through those magazines, I had scissors in my hands.  I cut those things to pieces — because I wanted to bring the pictures, maps, diagrams, and captions into my classroom, put them on the wall, so that my students could learn from them.  That’s how information-starved my classroom was.

I had five year old textbook, some old maps (one was pre-WWII), and what I could draw on the chalkboard.  My pedagogies — the pedagogies that I was taught in university — were based on information-scarce learning environments.

The question we ask today is,

“What are the pedagogies of information abundant learning environments?”

When Flickr is received 2.5 million new photos a day, and now more than 100,000,000 have been designated to the Creative Commons (you have the photographer’s explicit permission to use them), then how does that change how we teach — how we learn?

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.