[k3] Re: Digital Cameras

  • From: "Judi Wolf" <techteach@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <k3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 09:25:13 -0400

Dear Gail,

Thank you so much for so much of your wonderful sharing. This is what I have in 
my BER Book for K-2, so I think it is fine to disseminate it to even more 
people - Some may be repeats. I am anxious to see other ideas from other 
people. I certainly didn't think all of these up myself!!
Judi Wolf

Let Them See Lots Of Pictures!

Build Background Experience For Language and Conceptual Development


Ideas For Using The Digital Camera And The Scanner


With pictures being readily available to you on the Internet and through the 
use of your digital camera and the scanner, be sure to "set the stage" for each 
new lesson, skill, or concept with pictures. Adding this visual component is 
easy now that images can be inserted into most application and presentation 


Insert pictures from a field trip into a word processing document and have 
students write about their experiences on the trip.


Make a slide show about the field trip using the pictures taken on the trip.












Take pictures of each step of a science experiment, insert them in sequential 
order into a word processing document and have students retell the details of 
the experiment.


Take a picture of each student, insert it into a word processing document, and 
have other students write something special about that person. 

Take pictures of places throughout the school building, insert them into a word 
processing document, have students write a sentence about each place, and 
publish a book.


Take pictures of people who work in the school building, insert the picture 
into a word processing document and have students write a sentence about each 
person, and publish a book.


Take digital pictures of each guest that comes to the classroom. Have the 
students take turns writing several sentences about the guest, or write the 
sentences as a group project. Save these pictures and sentences throughout the 
year in a class spiral-bound book.


Take a full-length picture of each child standing with his/her arms out from 
their sides. Print these pictures onto cardstock and laminate them. Bring in 
wallpaper samples, fabric, and paper for them to make clothing for their "paper 


Take pictures of students in light jackets in fall, snowsuits, boots, etc. for 
winter, sweaters for spring, and brought-to-school beach clothing for summer 
and make a Seasons book.


Scan collages for very interesting effects. The author, Ezra Jack Keats, uses 
collages for his illustrations and students can imitate this.


Scan pictures of people in each student's family, insert them into a word 
processing document, and have students make a book about their family.


Ask students to bring a picture of the oldest person that he/she can find in 
his/her family. Scan the picture and insert it into a word processing document. 
Write some questions, such as 

What is this person's name?

How is this person related to someone in your family?

Where was this person born?

What year was that person born?

How long ago was that person born?

Who was the President of the United States when that person was born?


Scan a picture from the magazine and crop it so only the center portion is 
showing. Make it a mystery picture. Enlarge it and put it up where the students 
can see it. Place a sheet of paper next to it and ask students to write their 
guesses on the paper. Reveal the identity of the picture at the end of the week.












Ask each student what is his/her favorite book. Scan the front cover of each of 
the favorite books. Insert the scanned picture into a word processing document 
and ask the student to write one sentence about why this is his/her favorite 
book. Make a class spiral-bound book from the printed documents.















Scan pictures from "wordless" books or from predictable picture books. Insert 
the pictures into a Word processing document and allow the students to write 
the dialogue for the pictures.


Show concepts such as "in", "out", "over", "under" and other positional words 
by posing students to "act out" these words and taking pictures.


Introduce vocabulary before reading or telling a story with pictures that 
pertain to important words.


Illustrate the "right" and "wrong' ways to do things. Students will have a 
great time posing for these pictures!


Show the picture of an author and other graphical information (his home, his 
family) that might be on the author's website, before reading a series of 
stories by that author.


Make students feel comfortable around the school. Take lots of pictures of 
places students will be spending part of their day - the library, gym, computer 
lab, etc. Make a slide presentation with these pictures.


Introduce the staff of the school by taking their pictures before the first day 
of school and presenting them in a slide show.





Help students to share something about themselves. Have the student bring in a 
favorite toy from home. Take a picture of the student holding the toy. Have the 
student dictate a sentence to accompany the picture. This same exercise can be 
done with a scanned picture of a pet, a favorite place in their house, a 
relative or friend, etc.


Use pictures to help students understand sequence. Take pictures of students 
engaged in daily activities and have students tell what comes first, second, 
etc. They can do this with things that they can do like ting their shoes or 
putting on their coats and hats. You can also put a visual "face" to sequence 
by taking pictures of the sequence of an art or science project and then having 
students put them together from beginning to end. This would be a good basis 
for a Class Big Book.


Let pictures help students prepare for a field trip or a visit to another 
class. Take pictures before the visit or use the Internet to find pictures of 
your field trip destination.


Have students illustrate feelings and emotions with pictures. Students can pose 
for and "act out" these pictures or they can be found on the Internet. 
Scenarios can be read and the appropriate picture could be posted.


Use the pattern from any predictable book such as "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What 
Do You See?" and replace the pictures from the book with your own pictures. 


Make a "visual" ABC Book with familiar pictures or using pictures of students 
holding an object. The slide or page could say, "This is Danny holding a ball 
for the letter "B".


Newspapers make a wonderful source for good discussions and good writing. 
Especially made for classroom use, the New York Times has a picture each day 
with lots of ideas for using it. Go to http://www.nytimes.com/learning/ and 
scroll down to the News Snapshot. Yahooligans News also has wonderful pictures 
for students. Go to http://www.yahooligans.com/content/news/

These are both great resources for using pictures!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Glovely@xxxxxxx 
  To: k3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 8:38 AM
  Subject: [k3] Digital Cameras

  Hello All!

  Using digital cameras with young learners is so much fun and so much easier 
than it used to be. The cameras are less expensive, more powerful, and easier 
to use than ever before.

  I have an updated list of possible uses of digital cameras in the early 
learning classroom for you on my website. I would welcome YOUR ideas as well... 
please share your ideas with this list!

  To find this resource: www.GailLovely.com and click the "Resources" tab and 
then scroll down to the "Tutorials for Teacher Tools" section and select "Using 
Digital Cameras in the Classroom."

  I look forward to hearing your ideas too!

  Gail Lovely
  independent educator

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