Digital Photography
Kids LOVE taking pictures. In fact, kids like using digital cameras so much that if we're not careful they'll have the memory card filled before we even have time to tell them what they're looking for! Of course, that sort of engagement is exactly what we're looking for in education.
Once students have taken their photos, they can import them into PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, or a variety of Web 2.0 tools to create movies, presentations, and digital media.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your photography projects.

  • Go over camera use and safety tips before they start taking pictures. I find it helps to use cameras with straps that can go around their wrists or neck.
  • Talk about perspective - taking pictures from above, below, far away and close up - to get an interesting shot. Our youngest learners get a big kick out of using zoom!
  • To get the most out of critical thinking with digital cameras, give them criteria to look for instead of telling them exactly what to look for. When you do this, both the photographing and the movie creation are valuable learning experiences. For example:
    • A Noun Project to photograph "person," "place," and "thing."
    • Objects that start with the letter "T"
    • Find things that come in "threes"
    • Photograph "squares"
    • Field Trip Scavenger Hunt for certain artifacts, objects, or examples
    • Examples of ways that heat transfers - "convection," "conduction," and "radiation."

For more information about creating movies with primary grade students, check out:

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