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Conference Presentation - BCTF New Teachers' Conference February 2008

Conference Presentation - BCTF New Teachers' Conference February 2008

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    • 1. Transformative Uses of Digital Photography Ms E. Gregory
    • 2. All about you…
      • … and me
        • From a teaching family
        • I went to fashion school
        • BEd with minors in English and Geography
        • I taught at elementary level for 7 years
        • 6 th year teaching art/photography
        • Recently completed a graduate diploma on education uses of technology at SFU
        • MEd in a few years
    • 3. Ways of Using Technology in the Field of Education
      • Bernajean Porter’s research:
      • Literacy Uses
      • Adaptive Uses
      • Transformative Uses
    • 4. Benefits of Using Digital Photography in the Classroom
      • Personally relevant
      • Visual Literacy
      • Fun, novel
      • Makes kids move
      • That old saying:
        • “A picture is worth a thousand words”
    • 5. Digital Cameras Used
      • Manual
        • Pentax Asahi 35mm
      • Digital
        • Canon A 590, A700
        • Nikon D50 – digital SLR
    • 6. Helpful Hints:
      • When using digital cameras in the classroom…
        • Use memory cards to your advantage
        • Batteries – rechargeable and charged
        • Learn about file size
        • Always use the neck/wrist strap
        • Teach the camera with purpose in mind
        • First lessons should focus on proper use
    • 7. More things I learned…
      • Classroom Management type issues…
        • communicate with your staff if students will be out during class time
        • no inappropriate behaviour while out taking photos
        • teach how to and where to save images
          • space on the school/district server
        • save as JPEG (not as a PSD in Photoshop)
        • I used a 2 gig flash drive to save images - invaluable
        • Student copies – disk or email to themselves
        • Printing – need a good printer $$$
    • 8. Composition Tips
      • Easy to teach and big impact
        • Pay attention to your background
          • Include it if it helps to tell the story
          • Blurred backgrounds (aperture)
        • Rule of thirds
        • Strong center of focus
        • Leading line
        • Frames are very effective
        • teach some composition tips no matter what the grade level to avoid the “snapshot” syndrome
    • 9. A Short Assignment
      • Get into 2-3 groups
      • Choose a digital camera
      • You have ten minutes to go shoot photos
        • Shoot your subject following rule of thirds
        • Shoot against an interesting background
        • Shoot your subject within a frame
          • Doorway, railing, etc.
    • 10. Be Organized!
      • Plan ahead to avoid problems…
        • Arrange lab space – timetabling issues
        • Storage of digital photos – disks, flash drives, school server, etc.
        • How will students hand in digital work?
        • Ask about release time for collaboration
        • $$$ - PAC, learning resources budget, grants, etc.
        • -my focused inquiry ~$3000 and only $20 came out of my budget
        • Software licensing fees
        • -district had a copy of Photoshop - $147 site license per workstation
        • Do work orders well in advance for software installation
    • 11. Project Ideas
      • Big Question Project
        • www.uic.edu/classes/ad/ad382/ (curriki)
        • Could be adapted to many grade levels
        • Use of technology
          • Well within students’ comfort zone
          • Well outside of mine
          • Transformed students learning and mine too
    • 12. Collaborative Project through the LSS Info Tech Committee
      • A very simple, but extremely rich, learning experience
        • Photography 11 & VAMT 12 students, English 11 & 12 students and Visual Arts students in grades 10-12
        • timing
        • Truly a transformative use of technology in the classroom and school
        • I learned how to let go and still learn from an unfinished project.
    • 13. Multimedia Projects: Part One
      • Moviemaker Slideshow of Art 9-12 Fall Semester
        • Purpose – to record and communicate daily activities in Art 9/10 with students, parents and community members
        • Peer Helper Midterm Project – taught how to use camera, how to use Moviemaker and create slideshow, discussed venue, purpose, etc.
    • 14. Multimedia Projects: Part Two
      • Art 8 Slideshow – Moviemaker
      • Purpose – to communicate daily activities in Art 8 with parents, other students and community members.
          • as an introduction to Art 8 for the next rotation of grade eight students
          • as a communication tool for parents during parent/teacher interviews
          • as a communication tool and to showcase to members of the community at the LSS Art Show
        • Also a peer helper project.
    • 15. Multimedia Projects: Part Three
      • VAMT 12 Photoshop Spring 2007
      • Moviemaker Slideshow
        • Purpose – to show student’s work using image editing software at the LSS Art Show
        • made sense and solved the problem of how to show work
        • could have done slideshow, but the two previous Moviemaker projects convinced me
        • Another peer helper project
    • 16. Sketchbook Slideshow
      • Photos of pieces in a folder
        • Watch quality of image
        • Select “View as a Slideshow” (PC)
        • Simple and effective
      • An alternate way to show student work
          • Large scale pieces (murals, etc.)
          • For pieces that cannot be taken out of the sketchbook
    • 17. VAMT 12 – Image Editing Software: Photoshop
      • Amazing program
        • Important to start with manual SLR cameras to teach aperture, shutter speed, darkroom procedures
        • Important to include digital cameras because that is the world our students are living in
        • Classroom in a Book is a great resource
        • Workshops
        • Start simple, can be overwhelming
        • Kids will pick it up quicker than you think
        • I should have used it in a more transformative way
    • 18. Transformation of Learning
      • Multimedia Slideshows – really transformed learning
        • Communication tool with students, parents and the greater community
        • Motivated students while they were being photographed and recorded
      • The learning associated with the collaborative project would not have been possible without the use of photographic technology.
        • Students inspiring students
        • Colleagues motivating colleagues
        • Students motivated to seek higher standards
    • 19. Websites
      • Tons – search digital cameras in education
        • http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~ucfcasio/qvuses.htm
        • http://members.sha.ca/dbrear/G4.html
        • http://teachingtechnology.suite101.com/article.cfm/lessons_using_digital_cameras
        • http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/gadgets.html
        • http://ftp.sunrisesd.ca/centennial/teacher.html
        • http://www.drscavanaugh.org/digitalcamera/
        • http://www.glencoe.com/sec/techingtoday/weeklytips.phtml/169
        • http://ftp.sunrisesd.ca/centennial/camera.html
    • 20. Some final thoughts…
      • It’s the learning that’s important
      • So many things you learn along the way
    • 21. Special thanks to:
      • My family
      • My administrators at LSS
      • School District support
      • SFU colleagues
      • All of you!