Digital Photography for Elementary Classrooms

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  • Digital Photography for Elementary Classrooms

    Trevor Mattea | August 8,


  • Tentative Agenda and Learning Targets

    Tentative Agenda

    Introductions and Framing (15 min.) Tips and Etiquette (15 min.) Exemplary Student Photography (10 min.) Making a Collage on Picasa (15 min.) Uploading Photos to Google Plus (5 min. alternative) Uploading Videos to YouTube (5 min. alternative) Making a Poster on Phoster (10 min. alternative) Takeaways, Final Questions, and Raffle (5 min.)

    Learning Targets

    I can define digital photography and a classroom camera. I can identify hardware necessary to use a classroom camera. I can identify tips and etiquette to integrate a classroom camera with classroom

    instruction. I can identify ways to share exemplary photography. I can use a classroom camera. I can use Picasa to edit and organize photos and make collages. I can support my partners in using a classroom camera and Picasa.

  • Digital Photography for Elementary Classrooms

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  • Defining Digital Photography

    Digital photography is photography, collage, and poster art created using a digital camera or computer and tablet applications designed to teach camera skills, foster creativity, and create an aesthetically-inspired classroom

  • Defining Classroom Camera

    A classroom camera is a digital camera shared by students in order to capture their first-hand experiences inside and outside of the classroom (field trips, read alouds, recess, etc.) regularly through photo and video

  • Nikon COOLPIX L28

    Features 20.1 Megapixels 720p HD Video 5x Wide Angle Zoom LCD Screen Wrist Strap Tripod Internal Thread 2 AA Batteries Movie Mode Scene Auto Selector Special Scene Modes Glamour Retouch

  • Nikon COOLPIX L28

    Available at Amazon for $148.00

  • SanDisk SDHC 4GB Memory Card

    Available at Amazon for $7.85

  • Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries and MQR06 Charger

    Available on Amazon for $19.95

  • Using the Classroom Camera

    Teach Students How to Use the Camera Turn the Camera On/Off Replace the AA Batteries and SD Card Take a Photo Delete a Photo Record a Movie View Photos and Movies Zoom In/Out Turn the Flash On/Off Change Special Scene Modes Turn the Silent Mode On/Off Use the Help Button

  • Using the Classroom Camera

  • Using the Classroom Camera

  • Etiquette

    Being a good photographer means acting responsibly! Wear the wrist strap to avoid dropping the

    camera Ask permission before you photograph

    someone If a someone asks you to delete a photo of

    him/her, delete it Make sure your photography doesnt distract

    from schoolwork

  • TipsTaking good photos and videos means experimenting! Use the camera frequently Test the different camera modes Take the same photo more than once

    At different heights and angles With and without the flash With different camera modes

    More Advice for Photos Use leading lines Use the rule of thirds Mike Brownes YouTube Channel

    More Advice for Videos Hold your hand steady Zoom in your subject before you record Record for at least a few seconds

  • Leading Lines

  • The Rule of Thirds

  • Exemplary Student PhotographyI want my students to carry around pictures in their head of quality work. It's not enough to make a list, a rubric, what makes a good essay or a good science experiment. This is an important step, but it doesn't leave a picture, a vision, and inspiration. ... I want my students specifically to write a strong essay, to design a strong experiment, I need to show them what a great essay or experiment looks like. We need to admire models, find inspiration in them, analyze their strengths and weaknesses. We need to figure out together what it is that makes this work strong.

    -- Ron Berger, An Ethic of Excellence (2003)

  • Jellyfish

  • Monkey Bars

  • Big Inflatable Ball

  • Can You Guess What This Is?

  • Photography in the Classroom

    Post tips and etiquette Post information about camera modes Post exemplary student photography

    With different heights and angles With and without the flash With different camera modes With leading lines With the rule of thirds

  • Exemplary Student Photos/Videos

    Photo of the Week Classroom Walls Digital Portfolios Student Store Social Media

    Google+ YouTube Twitter

  • Exemplary Student Photos Rule of Thirds

    Rope and Person on Vertical Third Lines

    Unusual Point of View Through an Object

  • Exemplary Student Photos

    Classroom Walls

  • Exemplary Student Photos

    Teacher Digital Portfolio

  • Exemplary Student Photos

    Student Digital Portfolio

  • Frames for Student Photos/Videos

    I think this photograph is important enough to include in my digital portfolio because _____. I would call it, _____. It is a photograph of _____. Something about using the classroom camera that is easy for me is _____. Something about using the classroom camera that is challenging for me is _____. I am learning how to _____. Next, I think I want to learn more about _____.

  • Exemplary Student Photos

    Student Store

  • Exemplary Student Photos


  • Exemplary Student Videos


  • Exemplary Student Photos

    Twitter Photos/Videos

  • Picasa

    Available Online for Free

  • Picasa

    Picture Pile Mosaic

  • Picasa

    Mosaic Frame Grid

  • Using Picasa

    Make a Collage Put Photos in a

    Folder Import the Folder Create a Collage Select an

    Arrangement Modify the

    Arrangement Finalize the Collage Edit the Collage Export the Collage

  • Phoster

    Available in the iPad App Store for $1.99 Additional Templates Available for $0.99

  • Phoster

  • Using Phoster

    Make a Poster Select a Template Take or Select a

    Photo Make Adjustments Add or Modify Text Select a Filter Save a Poster View Gallery Share a Poster Delete a Poster

  • Takeaways and Final Questions How do you now intend to use digital photography in your own

    practice? What questions do you still have?

    Whenever you are ready, please complete the anonymous Google Form to give me feedback (

  • Recommended Reading Berger, Ron. A Culture of Quality: A Reflection on

    Practice. Providence: Annenberg Institute. 2011. Print. Berger, Ron. An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of

    Craftmanship with Students. Portsmouth: Heinemann. 2003. Print.

    Kleon, Austin. Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. Austin: Workman Publishing Company. 2014. Kindle.

    Kleon, Austin. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. Austin: Workman Publishing Company. 2012. Kindle.


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