NASA this week released many of the images in their historical repository to a new spot on Flickr–NASA on The Commons. This is a great new resource for high definition digital photographs like the one you see here. From tremendously artistic launch photos like the one you see here to historical photos of the early efforts to put man into space, the collection may be modest for now, but will grow over time. (Notice how this photograph combines the sun’s lighting of the clouds behind the shuttle to add a dynamic lighting effect to the image.)
For students and teachers these are great source images that can be incorporated into all sorts of creative classroom projects. Imagine these photos as part of a report prepared by a student that includes research, writing, narration, movement, music, and other aspects that involve multiple senses, and you’ll have a good start on a tremendous project you can do with your students. As with any project involving digital media you’ll want to start out with clear learning objectives that are in-line with your course requirements. From there, you’ll find that great images like this one will often spark an interest in your students minds and get the creative juices flowing.
For Palm Beach County teachers Flickr has been blocked by our filtering service in the past. Luckily that is about to change as new filtering policies go into place so teachers will be able to access NASA on the Commons and other services like it, including the Library of Congress Photostream on Flickr. Student access to Flickr will remain restricted while at school, but of course students will be able to reach these educational collections from home.
Thanks to Mashable.com for the original news stories on this topic: