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  • Ownership is a very powerful motivators for students. Knowing that they took a picture that others will see and talk about. Let’s kids think outside of the box.
  • Started as a fun idea for summer camp. Saw how powerful it was and how motivated the kids were - that encouraged us to bring into the classroom. Most campers brought their own cameras. Because it was so successful, the school supported us in purchasing a class set of cameras - which really extended the use of photography outside of the lab into the individual classrooms.
  • You don’t have to be a professional photographer to teach kids how to use cameras. While our summer camps allow us to focus on many photography elements, knowing a few basics is enough to effectively use cameras with your students. Some of the tips we review with students. Session 1: Focus on camera buttons; holding down the shutter 1/2 way Session 2: Learning about zoom Session 3: Learning about lighting and the use flash Session 4: Begin teaching about more advanced features
  • Students were given a math concept on a note card and asked to take a picture that represented it. They were then asked to write a question to accompany their picture.
  • Working with partners, students are given a geography checklist and asked to take one picture of each shape on the list.
  • Another poetry example.
  • Students were asked to bring in an object from home that was special to them in some way. They took pictures of the object - the picture then became the focus of a poetry project - diamante poems. Poem writing was motivating for everyone because they were writing about something that was special to them
  • Pictures from a simple machine scavenger hunt
  • Composting Podcast - Don’t have to play the whole thing - just give them the first minute to get the idea of what they could do? Composting Movie 2007
  • Fourth graders created an electronic field guide of the flora and fauna found at the pond behind our school.
  • Photos taken by 3rd graders on field trip - South Florida History Museum
  • Third grade students took pictures of the various features on the playground. Using an Excel template, they added their images to create a grid map. They added other features, like the map key, once it was printed.
  • These virtual postcards were created by taking pictures of each student against a green screen.The kids don’t always have to be taking the photos - manipulating the photos in programs like Photoshop is also a powerful motivator Even though the kids did not take this pictures themselves, they learned the skills of cropping, selecting and cutting images out, copying and pasting.
  • Students used pictures taken
  • Most of the photoshop Ideas found on the Adobe website; comes with step by step tutorials
  • Scavenger Hunt Video
  • Digital Depictions

    1. 1. Digital Depictions Digital Cameras in the Elementary Classroom Presented by Anna Baralt Shorecrest Preparatory School [email_address] Kate Burton Trinity School [email_address] Florida Council of Independent Schools November 16, 2007
    2. 2. Alphabet Book Slideshow
    3. 3. Benefits of Digital Photography <ul><li>Increases student involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Reaches visual and kinesthetic learners </li></ul><ul><li>Makes concepts come alive </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to make connections to the real world </li></ul><ul><li>Supports retention of new concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for creativity and individual expression </li></ul>
    4. 4. How We Got Started <ul><li>Summer camps </li></ul><ul><li>Donated cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Class set of cameras </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 cameras in a set </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>children work with partners </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Camera Basics <ul><li>Power On/Off </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting / Flash Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Macro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timer </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Ten Tips for Your Students 6. Take more than one photo. 5. Get as close as you can before zooming. 1. Make sure batteries are charged. Have spares. 7. Press, hold, then shoot. 8. Take photos from different angles. 9. Turn your camera sideways. 10. When in doubt, use the automatic setting. 4. Keep the camera steady. 2. Think about lighting. 3. Don’t forget the background.
    7. 7. Curriculum Integration: Math <ul><li>Promotes problem solving and reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to make connections in the real world </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative form of assessment </li></ul>
    8. 8. Curriculum Integration: Math Ideas <ul><li>Scavenger Hunts - shapes, numbers, number sets, complex math concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Sequencing </li></ul><ul><li>Record pattern block constructions </li></ul><ul><li>Pattern close ups </li></ul>
    9. 9. Curriculum Integration: Language Arts <ul><li>Serves as a visual prompt for creative writing </li></ul><ul><li>Writing is more authentic when it focuses on something that is meaningful to the student </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances communication when students share how and why they took a photo </li></ul>
    10. 10. An elegant blue heron wades through murky water on the shore of a glassy creek scavenging for every crab and crustacean in vain. Luscious deep green grass gleamed with morning dew, and the luxurious sun beat down intensely on a myriad of lustrous trees. The multi-colored mix of shells and red clays make up the substance that barricades the creek, but it is slowly eroding away. The disoriented reflection of the florescent bird shimmers with the current. Writing to Create a Mental Image - 4th Grade (Langdon)
    11. 11. Curriculum Integration: Language Arts Ideas <ul><li>Beginning letter sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling words </li></ul><ul><li>Add to classroom newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>“ We Spy” books </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Story sequencing </li></ul><ul><li>“ What Am I” mysteries </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures of parts of speech </li></ul><ul><li>Adjective/Synonyms </li></ul>
    12. 12. Curriculum Integration: Science <ul><li>Key to the understanding of abstract science concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Supports inquiry-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Move from passive observer to engaged participant </li></ul>
    13. 14. Curriculum Integration: Science Ideas <ul><li>Document growth of a plant </li></ul><ul><li>Five sense scavenger hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Simple machines scavenger hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat scavenger hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrate steps of science project </li></ul><ul><li>Change of seasons </li></ul><ul><li>Leaf identification </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly weather calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Stages of the scientific method </li></ul><ul><li>Changes of states of matter </li></ul>
    14. 15. Curriculum Integration: Social Studies <ul><li>Forces students to really “see” the world around them </li></ul><ul><li>Exchanging photos with others around the world promotes global citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to document their lives and the community around them </li></ul>
    15. 16. Curriculum Integration: Social Studies Ideas <ul><li>All About Me multimedia projects </li></ul><ul><li>Important people and places at school </li></ul><ul><li>Places in the Community reports </li></ul><ul><li>Career day - “What I Grow Up” </li></ul><ul><li>Playground grid map </li></ul><ul><li>Digital quilt of the class </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary of school year </li></ul><ul><li>Playground do’s and don’ts </li></ul>
    16. 17. Curriculum Integration: Social Studies Ideas <ul><li>E-mail buddies in other parts of the world </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary of school year </li></ul><ul><li>Playground do’s and don’ts </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual postcards </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings / Emotions </li></ul>
    17. 18. Curriculum Integration: Spanish / Foreign Languages <ul><li>Bilingual dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Flashcards </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary hunts: colors, classroom items, numbers, food, time, everyday objects, body parts, clothing </li></ul>
    18. 19. Curriculum Integration: Other Ideas <ul><li>Create virtual field trips </li></ul><ul><li>Human letters slideshow </li></ul><ul><li>Class Photographer </li></ul><ul><li>Self-portraits </li></ul><ul><li>Picture puzzles </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul>
    19. 20. Curriculum Integration: Photoshop <ul><li>Self-portraits </li></ul><ul><li>Picture puzzles </li></ul><ul><li>Mandalas </li></ul><ul><li>Painted Faces </li></ul><ul><li>Artistic Effects </li></ul>
    20. 21. Resources Adobe Digital Kids Club Intro to digital photography, tips, tutorials, lessons and activities. Kodak: Education Lesson plan ideas, tips for kids. Digital Cameras in the Math Classroom Using Digital Cameras in the Classroom 1001 Uses for a Digital Camera Classroom ideas by curriculum area. Teacher Created Materials: Resource Kit for Digital Photography Photoshop Elements tutorials for both Windows and Macs. Abrams, A. (2006). Award-Winning Digital Photography Projects for the Classroom . Visions Technology in Education: Oregon.
    21. 22. Free Resources Flickr: free photo sharing site where you can post pictures or search for images; creative commons license available; security options available Animoto: make free professional videos with images you upload and music provided on the site Voice Thread: combines pictures with voice recordings to tell a story Copyright Friendly Picture Sites FreeFoto Free Digital Photos Pics4Learning