Free Technology for Teachers: In Pictures
Over the weekend, browsing through newspaper articles on BBC News, I remembered a good resource that I have used for many years to spark discussions and small research activities in my classroom. news. That resource is BBC’s Week in Pictures, which is a section of their more general In Pictures collection.
La Semaine en images presents a small collection of photographs from around the world. The images capture a mix of serious news and lighter cultural stories. The Week in Pictures collections are part of a much larger BBC resource simply called In Pictures. The In Pictures resource provides hundreds of images in a variety of collections and slideshows on current events around the world. Some of the slideshows even include narration. All images include captions explaining what is happening in the image and a bit of background knowledge about the event being photographed.
Applications for education
For years, I have used Pictures of Picture Week as conversation starters for current affairs discussions in my current affairs classes. For visual learners, images in the In Pictures collections are useful in providing visual links and context for a story.
It is important to note that most of the images in the Week in Pictures collections are copyrighted images.