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Use Digital Cameras
Photos in the Classroom
Explore the following two articles for lots of ideas:
Use photos in some of the following activities:
  • Portfolios and yearbooks
  • Field trips
  • Class newspapers
  • Virtual museums
  • Nature projects
  • Open house activities
  • Screensavers
  • Journal writing
  • Take photos around the school and make a "school map" with photos (or park, playground, or town)
  • Take photos of dioramas, sculptures, and other creations
Create pictionaries, photo essays, and multimedia presentations to writing:
  • Take pictures of action words and things that can be described
  • Take pictures of opposites (big, small), named positions (in, out) and use them for writing activities.
  • Create an "I spy with my own eye" games using student photographs
  • Create an "I am thinking of ..." game using photos students take
  • Take pictures of words related to vocabulary; label photographs
  • Take pictures of objects of particular colors and create color games for young children
  • Take photographs and write dialogue to go with photos
  • Take photographs of children working; write about the work or play
  • Write words that rhyme with the photo
  • Take pictures of prosocial activity and write about those activities: sharing, helping, thanking
  • Take photos that represent "emotions" and write about situations that make you feel a particular way
  • Take career photos and match tools, locations, and people to careers
  • Create games or quizzes using photographs
A Photo Series
Design an activity that might use a series of digital photos. Ideas:
  • Photos of any classroom activity and write the directions
  • Photos of steps in science experiment including materials, procedures, results
  • Photos of steps in cooking or safety
  • Photos over time: one day, weather event, building constructed, plant grows
  • Photos different angles: above, below, behind
  • Photos tell story: cause/effect, before/after, good/bad, proper/improper, example/nonexample, ABCs
  • Photos the show: plot, setting, characters, action, climax
  • Photos that show: yesterday, today, tomorrow & match to verbs and sequencing
  • Photos from a skit: ask students to place photos in order
  • Photos from a field trip: retell the event
Photo Combinations
Make creative combinations. Ideas:
  • Start with a photo of your head. Add a hat or modify your face. Put yourself in a wanted poster
  • Start with a photo of your body. Add new clothing or a new background.
  • Cut out photos add a backing of flannel, velcro, or magnets. Use in stories
  • Match photos and descriptive words
Create a clay or playdo object. Take a series of photographs with small movements. Place each picture into PowerPoint. Use the animation function to create some simple claymation.
Critique Photos
Take some photos and critique yourself. Create a checklist for evaluating photos including topics such as lighting, color, depth, clarity, action, point of view, and framing. Share your checklist with someone else and ask for suggestions.
Use the Scanner
Strange Objects
Design an activity that uses the scanner in a unique way. Try it yourself. Try scanning: paper, fabric, objects, covers, lights, or body parts. How about dirt, food, clothing labels, or cross sections?
Create an interesting collage. Then, use paint software to add arrows, lines, or other interesting features. You might include paper, historical documents, pictures, photos, maps, or labels. Consider autobiographies, travel collages, historical event collages, or science projects.
Build a Background or Border
Scan fabric, wood, book covers, or any other object that might make an interesting background or border for a PowerPoint presentation or poster.
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 Created by
Annette Lamb, 4/01. Updated 3/02.