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Why Integrate Digital Images?
"Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice,
transport of the flickering pictures - in this century as in others,
our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing people together
Antoine de Saint -Exupery (1900 - 1944)
For centuries the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words." has held true. Digital Images gives us additional possibilities. When I first began this presentation, I asked myself two questions - Why do we need to integrate digital images and What can we do with digital images? These questions are very closely related.
I gave myself 5 minutes to come up with as many examples of what we can do with images, then went back and listed a few ways I might use them.
Class photos - adding to I am poems
Virtual Tours - sharing your classroom with others in cultural experiences
Science Journals - each student takes a picture relating to the class topic and then reflects how their image relates to their learning
Math Journal - take pictures of work with manipulatives or found math
Concept Pictures - taking pictures to explain concepts
Geometric Art - using simple drawing programs to build objects with geometric shapes
Field Trip Reviews - Not every student sees experiences from the same point of view.
Create Movies - students become engaged in creation
Create Books - writing stories that integrate text and images helps writers
Create Portfolios - archiving events, activities and reflections on them
Share experiences - email photos to family or other classesReflect on events - could be personal events or world events
Create Slideshows - parents night - assembly
Teach math in nature - Capture shapes, curves etc
Learn Photography - how to make good images
Learn Graphic Design - creating images to tell stories
Create Copyright free images - If you make it, you can use it how you want
Integrate into podcasts - enhanced podcasts tell more than just the voice.
Highlight change over time (timelapse) - Amaryllis bulb growth
Investigate looking at things from different perspective
Use Digital Microscope - exploring our world in a different way - understanding colour, shapes, size
Create Tableau from class activities-
Create Stop Motion Videos - tell stories by creating them one step at a time
Enhance written projects - tell part of the story visually
I read the list to my wife and we came up with the following additional ideas.
Sports or Dance - self-evaluation
Visual Awards with pictures
To show something to the class or school that you can't physically touch or observe
Share experiences, Share Learning
Asking my 7 year old daughter, she responded, "Well its really cool with some of the pictures you can take, Sometimes its just really pretty. Sometimes is really something I don't want to forget about."
Let's be sure we are being purposeful. This is an image from the New York Times in 1927.
llustration 1: Today's Aerial Geography Lesson
New York Times No. 306-NT-520 A-6 in National Archives
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