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Why Integrate Digital Images?


"Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, classroom.png
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
  • Fun
I read the list to my wife and we came up with the following additional ideas.

  1. Sports or Dance - self-evaluation
  2. Science Experiments
  3. Visual Awards with pictures
  4. To show something to the class or school that you can't physically touch or observe
  5. Share experiences, Share Learning
  6. Digital Storytelling
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
found on http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2001/fox.html

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