Transformative Uses Of Digital Photography

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  • Transformative Uses Of Digital Photography

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

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