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Capturing learning experiences can be a very powerful tool for teachers as well as for students in their learning cycle. With a digital camera you can take a large number of photos of classroom activities, special events, excursions and student work samples and choose the best to include in multimedia presentations, online photo galleries and websites or print for display or reporting purposes.

Students should also have opportunities to use the camera to take photographs. These can be used to illustrate research and collaborative activities, as accompaniment to their writing and as a visual supplement to presentations. Some other ideas for integrating digital cameras into your classroom include:

  • taking a visual pictorial history of a project or activity
  • creating an archive of photos over the year for use in an end-of-year project: ‘My Year at School’
  • acting out emotions, historical events or scenes from a book
  • observing growth or change over time e.g. weather, plants, seasonal change, height, etc
  • illustrating a mathematical or scientific process graphically i.e. how to use a protractor, measuring water temperature, etc.
  • documenting a science experiment
  • demonstrating a sport skill, rule or PE activity.

Digital cameras are not only an excellent tool for enhancing writing and recording learning activities, but they can also play an important part in the assessment and reporting cycle. Photos of Visual Arts activities, musical and dance performances or oral presentations can be used for student reflection, self assessment or reporting to parents.

Multimedia software like PowerPoint, PhotoStory, MovieMaker or Stop Motion Pro use photos for backgrounds, title pages and credits. Instead of using clipart, why not have students taking their own photos and using a graphics program to edit, if necessary. Using graphics software like PhotoShop or Fireworks, students can manipulate photos they have taken to create artwork. For example, students could take photos of each other and experiment with interesting filters to create humorous effects. Photos can also be used to create personalized calendars, placemats, invitations and Thank You cards for school activities like Grandparents Day.


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