Can you imagine one of your students living in a shell in a marsh like a hermit crab, or perhaps working as a blacksmith in the 1800s? Is there someone who should have been an ancient pharaoh? Are you teaching the original, irresistibly curious, Pandora? Its all possible with a digital camera.
Digital Cameras in Your Classroom
Digital cameras have the power to transform your students, and your classroom, quickly, easily, and dramatically. They are relatively inexpensive (no film to buy or develop), easy to learn, and extremely motivating. Digital cameras can be used at any grade level, or for any subject, with the guaranteed success that comes from highly intriguing, personalized projects.
Digital cameras in the classroom are:
Immediate your students can see their pictures within seconds.
Personal having your students pictures in their own lessons and projects is instant motivation.
Familiar most students are already familiar with regular or instant cameras, so it is an easy transition to digital cameras.
Creative absolutely. If you can imagine it, you can probably do it.
Flexible digital cameras are easy enough for very young students to use, but provide enough sophistication (bells and whistles) for high school students to keep expanding their skills.
Professional it is very easy to get high quality, professional-looking results from your digital camera.
Forgiving your picture didnt come out the way youd hoped? Shoot it again, on the spottheres no wasted film.
Easy to learn point and click. Theres more when youre ready for advanced technology, but point and click will get you started.
Cost effective no film, no developing. Use rechargeable batteries, or use an AC adapter and avoid batteries altogether. Youll use some ink for printing, but there are hints for saving there, too.
Almost magical Ebony was a shy, quiet, withdrawn third grader working on a research project about insects. When I put a digital photo of her on her computer, she drew on butterfly wings and animated the image to fly through her report. The result was a virtual transformation. She got armloads of compliments, and started to sparkle. She truly gave herself wings and learned to fly. That is the almost magical power of digital cameras.