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Teaching with Digital Cameras Spiral-bound – November 20, 2000

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  • Spiral-bound: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Tech4Learning (November 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930870078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930870079
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ruth Grillo, has been an elementary gifted and talented teacher in Onancock, Virginia for 22 years. Most recently, Ruth Grillo was named the 2002 Virginia Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Department of Education. Since 1997, she has led her Onancock Learning Center students on frequent field trips to wildlife refuges around Virginia and is known for her creative use of educational technology. Some of the science experiments designed by her students have even been carried into space on the space shuttle. Ruth has been successfully integrating digital cameras into her curriculum since the early 1990’s.

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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? It’s 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 didn’t come out the way you’d hoped? Shoot it again, on the spot—there’s no wasted film.

• Easy to learn – point and click. There’s more when you’re 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. You’ll 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.

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