Eyes to See:
Using Digital Images in the Classroom
by Diane Cordell
“The Subject To Change The Photographer” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/b-tal/2973045697/
"The question is not what you look at...
“Backyard in Sunlight” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/1659294861/
...but what you see." -Thoreau
“rapt attention” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/ssandars/213063483/
"Many scholars from the New
London Group... advocate against the
dichotomy of visual literacy versus
Instead, they stress the necessity of
co-presence of linguistic literacies
and visual literacies
as interacting and interlacing
complement one another
in the meaning making process."
“Visual literacy” Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_literacy
( at least, not as we commonly understand them)
“...rather than concern ourselves with the
preferred learning style of an audience member
we should think about the modality that best
suits the content.
For instance most people are likely to prefer to
see an organizational chart, rather than have it
described to them.
Some types of content are likely to be
better transferred to audience members
by being presented in multiple modalities.”
-Olivia Mitchell, Speaking About Presenting
SFA Star Charts http://www.physics.sfasu.edu/observatory/obs.htm
Name that ﬂower!
“It is a herbaceous plant with short creeping
rhizomes and small rounded or spoon-shaped
evergreen leaves 2–5 cm long, grows close to
ground. The flowerheads are 2–3 cm in diameter,
with white ray florets (often tipped red) and yellow
disc florets; they are produced on leafless stems 2–
10 cm (rarely 15 cm) tall.” -Wikipedia
The Shoot - adapted from Creating a Web Photo Comic for Morons
Take everything you need with you to the shoot. Inform your actors, if any, of the time and place and what
to wear. If possible, bring them with you. Once there, take a look at your script and compare your mental
notes with that of the location. Is it really suitable? How is the lighting in the area? Let's say you're shooting
a romantic scene by a bench in the city park. You might want to keep the following questions in mind.
What time of day works best for your scene? If at night, are you close to the lamp, or will you need
How many shots will you be taking? Remember that sunlight changes thru the day, so the angle and
intensity will vary.
Do you have the proper filters with you? What image adjustments should you plan on during post-
production (like blurring, red-eye, etc)?
Dramatic backgrounds, like a fountain or a light, are they there? Are they needed?
What are your angles to shoot from? Can you get to them? Not every shot will be a head shot, so you need
to be able to be flexible and understand the dynamics of the area.
“How to make a photocomic, page 9” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/skyfaller/16445110/
"Today’s students have grown up surrounded by the
digital world, and as a result they have developed new
ways of understanding, learning and processing
Flickr holds great potential as part of a multi-faceted
approach that blends learning theory and social
technologies in the curriculum."
-Derek E. Baird, The Promise of Social Networks http://www.techlearning.com/article/4816
“Truly International” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/frankhg/1427924521/
I’m Joseph S. I'm 17 years old.
This 365 I've been doing for the past year has helped me so much. It has kept
me grounded when I was down, or off the walls.
Whenever I need something to cheer me up, I'll probably just look at a
random day of the year, and remember that day and reminisce. I realize that
these are the best years that anyone could have in their life.
“Day 89/365 I fancy mirrors. lol.” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/picsfromjos/3402936897/
In the classroom & library...
“GTD for Kids” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/wwworks/3597214700/in/set-72157622016489998/ “jesi” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/photochick57/120821704/
“best part of the trip”
“People Reading Harry Potter Everywhere”
Bring cameras on
“NHCN0001” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/vadcr/3255416927/ “Sean Checks His Sony “
“Wetland restoration project” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3707991477/ “Map of the trails” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3373556722/
To be identiﬁed later:
“Deptford Pink” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3747696336/
“Chestnut Burr and Leaf” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3033483980/
“Deer tracks” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/3373597648/
Illustrate a report
Create Trading/Flash Cards: Big Huge Labs
“Soccer, Fort Ann, NY” “CREATE! SHARE!
“Table in an Empty Gallery” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/dmcordell/4407305102/
Explore Local History
Document current events & social action
THE NYC SHOOT-OUT FOR FREEDOM UNION
The soul of NYC has always been illuminated by its
street photography and by its artists. Don't stand idly by
and watch "The Dying of the Light".
New York City has proposed new rules that would require
permits and insurance for a wide range of casual and
amateur photography and ﬁlmmaking. These rules will
have a smothering effect on independent ﬁlmmakers,
photographers, artists, and activists as well as students,
hobbyists, and tourists.
The new proposed rules:
Under new rules proposed by the Mayor's Ofﬁce of Film,
Theatre and Broadcast, any group of two or more people
using a handheld camera (still or video) for more than 30
minutes at a single location (deﬁned as a 100-foot area)
would have to apply for and obtain a permit and would
have to present proof of $1 million in insurance (unless a
waiver was obtained). Also under the new rules, any
group of ﬁve or more people using a single tripod for
more than 10 minutes would have to obtain a permit and
“NYC Shoot-out for Freedom Union Square”
http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/carve/993856276/ -August 2, 2007
Getting the right shot?”
-Dublin University Students
“New Orleans Kid Camera Project” http://www.kidcameraproject.org/index.html
Promoting healthy life choices
“Brochure photographs” http://asunews.asu.edu/20090901_photovoice
The Anne Frank
Students ages 13 & up
are invited to create
and submit an online diary,
using video, audio, or
Chyi-Dean, Age 15, from North Tustin, CA
"One can ﬁnd some of the most interesting shots in the most mundane of things."
AASL Standards for ISTE-NETS
21st Century for Students
1. inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge *Demonstrate creativity and innovation
2. draw conclusions, make informed decisions, *Communicate and collaborate
apply knowledge to new situations,
and create new knowledge *Conduct research and use information
3. share knowledge and participate ethically *Think critically, solve problems,
and productively as members and make decisions
of our democratic society
*Use technology effectively
4. pursue personal and aesthetic growth and productively
“Creative Commons” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/oceanﬂynn/276344173/
“Digital Portfolio” http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/peterhess/2490774378/
“I created a page for Aiden to record his own memories, things that are important
to him and things he thinks are worth noting and preserving. It’s on Posterous http://www.teach42.com/2010/10/01/
right now, and the idea is that whenever he sees something he likes or wants to podcast-is-three-too-young-for-an-account-on-youtube/
remember, he tells Jess and I and we’ll take a picture of it or give him the camera
and let him do it. Then we send it over to Posterous and it’s preserved on his own http://leftyd.posterous.com/
page. We put a link to that page on the Lenovo in his bedroom, so he can pull it up
at any time and scroll through it.” -Steve Dembo, Teach42
Prepare children for reading