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Digital Photography in the Junior Classroom


By Colleen Nicholson (St Joseph's School) and Dianne Thomson (Nelson Central School) in Nelson, New Zealand.

By Colleen Nicholson (St Joseph's School) and Dianne Thomson (Nelson Central School) in Nelson, New Zealand.

Published in Technology , Art & Photos
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  • 1. Digital Photography
    • In the Junior Classroom
  • 2. One camera or many?
    • Either! It’s your preference
    • The following shows how it was done in a year 1/2 class using 4 cameras and some (non-expert) helpers.
  • 3. Setting up your groups
    • Choose groups carefully (3-6 students ideal)
    • Parent/ teacher aide/ buddy assigned to each group
  • 4.
    • Whole group: discuss purpose, learning intentions
  • 5.
    • Brainstorm safety in groups
    • The whole class shares to make a safety poster
    Safety First
  • 6.
    • Role play and demonstrate passing (tip) .
    • Practice in groups.
  • 7.
    • Whole class : show labels of the key parts.
    • Small groups : locate these parts on their cameras and discuss their function.
    • Whole class : volunteers label the ‘model’ camera.
    Parts of the Camera
  • 8. Parts of the camera
  • 9.
    • Give tasks to each group (tip)
    • Groups discusses and then takes their first shot/s. (tip)
    • Enjoy them - tv/data projector/ computer
    First Shots
  • 10.
    • Groups given a selection or small photos of originals. (tip)
    • Asked to discuss what are the best photos fit for purpose - give examples with paired photos
  • 11.
    • Show 2 contrasting shots
    Evaluating and Improving
  • 12. Which is better? This..
  • 13. ..or this?
  • 14. Develop Success Criteria
    • we can see our subject clearly (it is focussed, near enough/ big enough)
    • it shows only what we want to see (it’s the ‘centre of attention’ ‘it’s clear not confused’) tip
  • 15.
    • hold it steady
    • get close - no telephoto
    • 2 shutter action
    • macro mode (for close up)
    • use manual (M/P) setting
    • frame photo
    Hints and Tips Poster
  • 16.
    • Students have a second try at their subject
    • Evaluate in groups against success criteria
    • Share if/how they achieved improvements
  • 17.
    • Roster children in pairs as class photographers for the week
    • to record learning, items of interest for their class blog/ newsletter etc.
    • students select the best (use success criteria cards)
    • add a caption/ sentence /blog to their photo
    Continuing the learning