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Dynamic Digital Cameras in the Classroom. GaETC 2006 Melanie Holbrook & Candace Frazier. Modified By: NSC ETTC Stephanie Milner 2007. Why use them?. Today’s students have been exposed to digital and video images all of their lives.
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Dynamic Digital Cameras in the Classroom GaETC 2006Melanie Holbrook & Candace Frazier Modified By: NSC ETTC Stephanie Milner 2007
Today’s students have been exposed to digital and video images all of their lives. • The need for visual literacy skills rivals the need for traditional literacy. • Activities and projects completed with digital images compliment all curriculum areas and most learning styles, especially visual and kinesthetic.
Digital photography activities are not about taking pictures, but using the camera as a tool to help you explore and understand other subjects. • Activities and projects do not have to be fancy, long, expensive, or even pretty. They only have to capture the attention and enthusiasm of our children.
The use of digital cameras and images also addresses the point that technology is merely a tool we use to educate our children. • We should bend technology to meet our needs instead of letting it drive our activities. Our main goal as teachers is to help students learn the curriculum.
Digital pictures are immediate, versatile, colorful, interactive and successfully engage the attention of students. • The products of these lessons are wonderful tools for reinforcement and review. • Using digital cameras will stimulate and motivate both students and teachers. The subjects that this technology can be used with are limited only by the imagination.
The majority of activities presented in this session can be completed with as little as one camera, computer and printer set-up or with a lab full of equipment. • You do not even really need a digital camera. You can scan existing prints and create a CD or request a CD when you have your film developed.
The basic word processor and picture viewers that come pre-loaded on most computers can be used to replicate these projects (ex. Note Pad, Word Pad, Microsoft Photo Editor & Media Player or iPhoto & iLife). Picasa is also a great photo editing tool. • You can also use KidPix, Kidspiration, and Inspiration for many of these activities.
PowerPoint (MS Office), Photo Story (free), & Keynote (Apple iWork) are easy to use for presentations and publishing. • Most word processing and presentation software also have basic editing tools built in. • Digital cameras usually come with some type of photo editing software included.
People ABC Books Have students pose as letters of the alphabet. You could use upper grade students for the upper case letters and the younger students for the lower case.
Adjective Adjectives describe nouns. The car drove down the street. red
Sequence of Events Take a series of pictures to illustrate a sequence of events. Taking the pictures by themselves helps the students to focus on the correct order.
Photo Book Reports Let the students arrange and photograph items in a way that tells about a particular book. Use one photo or a series of photos depending on the complexity of the plot in each book.
Geometry In Our Community By Mrs. Frazier's Math Class
Triangle- A polygon with three sides. (A polygon is a closed plane figure with line segments as sides.)
OBTUSE Angles RIGHT ACUTE
Shapes in Nature Students walk around the schoolyard to identify & take pictures of naturally occurring shapes. Use KidPix to let the students draw the shape on top of the pictures. Count how many pictures you found of each shape. Graph your results.
Fraction Number Books • Take photos of sets, parts of sets, etc. Use fraction bars, dominoes, dice, counter shapes, tiles. • Extension: Add the decimal representations to each page. (KidPix or PowerPoint). 3/5
Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? PSE 2005-’06 5th Grade Students
Name That Animal • Use photos to show the different parts of an animal in isolation. • Let the students guess what animal it is. Why did they guess that animal?
Labels Please Use pictures to label the parts of something. You can combine this activity with “Name that Animal” and show the parts you want the students to label in isolation.
Classification How many of these objects are made of metal?, plastic?, rock?, etc.
“I Can …” Books Students take pictures of each other engaged in daily tasks for a book about things they can do. I can read, I am writing, I am walking.
Season Books • Have the students go outside and take a picture of an object that tells them what season it is. • Let them draw the same object in KidPix. • Print both pictures out for a class seasons book
Fall A Photo Book by Mrs. McAllister’s Kindergarten Class November 2005
How Does Our Garden Grow? A Spring Gardening project by Mrs. McAllister’s Kindergarten class 2005-’06
3/6 Brown 3/6 Green 2/5 are red 3/5 are white
Solids, Liquids and Gases Go on safari to collect photos of objects depicting the different classifications of matter.
Photo Venn Diagram Use pictures of two different objects to create a Venn diagram. Students can fill in the similarities and differences more easily as they look at the pictures.
Machines at Work Take pictures of items that show examples of machines from simple to compound.
Food Pyramid Create a large scale food pyramid by arranging pictures of school food on the wall in the proper locations. The photos can double as a cafe menu.
I’m an Animal • Let students paste a picture of their face on a picture of an animal and write fantasy stories from the view point of the animal. • Younger students can dress or disguise themselves as animals and then caption the pictures with animal facts.
Digital Science Scavenger Hunts Create a list of items you want the students to identify (plant parts, types of rocks, etc) Take your students outside to take pictures of the items on the list as “evidence”.