This was a nice surprise to see early in my Twitter gazing this morning.

So yes, check out pechaflickr.de

web site with large title "pechaflickr" and below it German text

That’s a rather impressive feat to translate as the site is just my hand rolled PHP knitted with Javascript, but all available on GitHub.

It takes me back to memories of the early 1990s when someone out of the blue offered to translate my Writing HTML tutorial into Icelandic.

Apparently this was done as part of the German Open Advent site.

Vom 1. bis 24. Dezember 2018 stellen wir auf dieser Website jeden Tag ein frei verfügbares, browserbasiertes Tool vor und erläutern seine Einsatzmöglichkeiten im Unterricht. Alle Tools sind einfach zu verstehen, kostenfrei, bevorzugt Open Source und ohne Registrierung nutzbar.

(or translated by google)

From 1 to 24 December 2018, we provide on this website every day a freely available, browser-based tool and explain how to use it in the classroom. All tools are easy to understand, free of charge, preferably open source and usable without registration.

Pechaflickr appeared for Day 3!:

Pechaflickr ist eigentlich kein Tool, sondern ein Online-Spiel: Du kannst damit Zufalls-Bilder zu einem bestimmten Schlagwort suchen und als Slideshow präsentieren lassen. Die Herausforderung ist, zu diesen Zufalls-Bildern einen stimmigen und schlüssigen Vortrag zu halten. Es macht sehr viel Spaß, auf diese Weise freies Sprechen, Spontanität und Kreativität zu trainieren.

(or translated by google)

Pechaflickr is actually not a tool, but an online game: You can use it to look for random pictures for a specific keyword and have them presented as a slideshow. The challenge is to give a coherent and conclusive presentation to these random pictures. It is a lot of fun to train free speech, spontaneity and creativity in this way.

I like the inclusion of a screencast:

as well as a list of suggested classroom uses.

But maybe the best part was the playfulness of the developer; in my version in English the default flickr tag is dog while in the German version it is katze

Yes, this is what it looks like when a person tries their first round of German pechaflickr!

Check out pechaflickr.de it works whether you know German or not.


Featured Image: More fun with paging through random public domain photos the Library of Congress Free to Use extension puts in a new Chrome tab.

This group in the photo looks like a stunned audience listening to an improv talk from random photos? Maybe

Mrs. H.G. Squiers is a Library of Congress image from the George Grantham Bain Collection with no known restrictions on publication.

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