A few years ago, I received a grant and placed a dozen digital cameras in my classroom. Students were allowed to borrow these cameras to document their work during labs. I've found students are VERY careful and work diligently to make sure they use the cameras safely. I encourage the use of Picnik to "edit" their pictures. I got a Flip camera for myself and was discussing its possibilities with our district's Media Specialist. She got very excited and later shared with me that she purchased a classroom set that teachers may check out and use for a two-week period. (She also decided that I am her "technology guru" and anytime I come across any useful technology tool I am to let her know. If funding is available, she will add my suggestions to the district media center. To say this seems like a big responsibility. Her trust has been earned and I do not want to ask for anything that appears to be a personal request - rather for things that can help any teacher be more successful using technology.
Glen- have any of the teachers checked out the flip cameras to use for a class project? Does your school publish student work like that? I would love to see and hear about examples that other teachers feel are successful. Do you use your flip camera to document labs in your classroom? Or capture lectures that you think would be helpful for students to review later? These are pretty basic but I was wondering what you are thinking. Julia
As of now, I'm not sure if the Flip video cameras have been checked out yet or not. (I'm not in constant communication with the District Media office.) My entire district has a policy to not show student work or faces online. I have used the camera to post and share information about what I do in my classroom - within these guidelines. An example of this is the "peeing egg" experiment we are now doing. Students learn about osmosis by inquiry and at the end of the activity, we take these now "swollen" eggs outside and poke them with a toothpick. The results are astounding. I just decided last week to use the video to record details from other labs for students to do as a review. I plan to post each of these on my class blog site (which I'm finding parents & students are checking often.) I'm sure I'll come up with other ways to use the Flip Video later, but these are my current plans.
A little late in responding, but I love blurb! I used them to create a book for my daughter and one for her friend. It turned out great! And the cost was much more reasonable than the other resources I had been using. Combining blurb.com with smugmug.com is a no brainer! (I'm a huge fan of smugmug, too!)
Susan, I like how the MorgueFile allows for remixing the images. Many other sites only allow use of the image as downloaded. Students seem to understand the concept of Remixing to demonstrate their understanding. Thanks for sharing an excellent copyright appropriate site with us.
I use digital cameras in my classroom as I teach American Sign Language. This language is devoid of voice and therefore visual assessment is critical. It allows students to see themselves and make corrections as needed to their performance. In addition, I use digital portfolios to show students how they have improved in their performances throughtout the course.
I appreciate you sharing how the use of digital cameras enhances the education of American Sign Language. My son took ASL for two years and I wish his teacher had considered digital cameras to assist him and his peers.
Do you photograph the students signing, or do they take pictures of each other and provide peer feedback?
Generally, I videotape the students with the digital camera until I teach them to use it. For major Performance test, I videotape. For practice performance tests, I allow them to videotape each other. When possible I set up stations so that all students are engaged in each part of the lesson. Whether it be, watching the DVD on the TV, practicing with a partner, videotaping a peer, working with me one on one, or working in the class library reading stories about Deaf Culture. This is all done in silence. Except for random interruption from the PA system with announcement, comments whatever. Students enjoy this course and empower themselves by taking responsibility for their learning.
Students are shown the videotape of themselves in class only. Their performance tapes are confidential and are not shown to anyone.
My college classes are required to bring a recordable DVD to use in class. They keep a digital portfolio of their performances. I put myself on their DVD's for demonstrate and/or corrections. This techniques helps these students to focus and develop an appreciation for learning this language devoid of voice.
I like the idea of using the tapes as formative assessments for students. I really like the format you are using with your college classes. ASL is such a difficult language for some students to master. Using recordings like this should boost confidence and help students overcome those slight mistakes in how they "sign".
With the cost of Flip Cameras dropping so low, have you considered switching to the smaller Flip Camera for your recording?
Using a flip camera in my class would be great. I have been using my personal digital camera, computer and projection machine. My district doesn't provide these items. I will give myself a present of a flip camera for this upcoming holiday. Hopefully it will work as well as my DigiLife DDV-1080HD digital camera. Currently, I am preparing an iMovie for my students to view their first performance test. It looks great!
I'm not sure that the Flip will provide the same quality as your DigiLife DDV-1080HD currently does. I, however, do not have a problem letting students use my Flip camera due to the lower cost. By the way, there is currently a Flip Video for Educators providing 2 cameras for the price of 1 (and you may obtain up to 4 total cameras.)
I had not considered using video as a performance test - I can see how it fits your ASL curriculum. Please let us know how that performance test goes.
There's a real cool tool called Photo Op http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/index.htm#photoop at the National Gallery of Art Website http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm . Photo Op is an interactive Shockwave activity that introduces kids to digital photography and image editing.They can use the virtual camera to snap photos, then edit the images or add special effects to create their own works of art. The NGA website has dozen or so other cool Shockwave tools. Most of the tools were created by Protozone http://www.protozone.net. The creative director at Protozone is Al Jarnow. He's an incredible thinker, educator,and artist. I envy him.http://protozone.net/AJ/Jarnow.html
There have been several great links and suggestions on this discussion. I just remembered another reason for Digital Photography today as I reviewed student portfolios. My students often check out a digital camera from me and document their lab work. These images are then used to create Multi-media lab reports. Often students will create PowerPoint presentations, but some get creative... I have had DVD's created as well as Animoto videos. I find they use less words to describe their learning and the images are powerful ways to explain a concept. As students became excited about this opportunity, I had to increate the number of cameras in my room. I am now up to 12 cameras that can be checked out (that is an average of 1 per 3 students.) The nice thing about having 12 cameras is that students often are in groups of three doing labs - therefore each group is able to have a camera for documentation.
A few years ago, one student asked if he could take a picture with the camera looking through the microscope lens. (I had never tried this before - and game my usual answer when I don't know of a result ... "Sure, let's see how it turns out!") The image was great - almost as good as from the Nikon MicroscopyU site. Of course, all other students then wanted to do the same thing and had to be shown how to be successful. While the images are not good enough for publication, I've included one here as a model.
Glen, I keep adding to my collection of cameras for kids. Anytime I hear of someone getting a new digital camera, I ask if they would like to donate their old one for kids to use. I've found that digital cameras (and cams) are showing up at garage sales too. Sometimes it can be a little challanging to have so many different cameras with so many different user interfaces. But it's great to send a kid home with a camera and have it come back filled with great images that can be used in so many ways. Thanks for the Nikon link too!
I'm glad to hear how much you enjoy using digital cameras with students. I agree that the variety of different card formats can be challenging. This past fall I got a 14 in 1 card usb reader. It made getting images off of my varied cameras much easier than previously. (Perhaps you too have had many USB dongles laying around and have to remember which goes to the camera you are using.) I'm glad you like the Nikon link. I've learned a lot on how I can take pictures that better represent what we are learning. My students often do not realize I've taken a photo of them (unless they happen to look up or see the flash.) I LOVE the candid photos of students doing activities in my classroom. I look forward to any other recommendations like the Nikon link that can help me become a better photographer.
I'm curious about the Ultra II 2.0 SD card. Having a built in USB port sounds fantastic. Can you provide a photo for me? I'm currently not using a camera that has an SD slot - so I would perhaps need to add to my camera options . Perhaps I should also ask that you include an image and ask you to tell about your current digital camera.
Linda thanks for sharing you insight tonight on the Intel discussion! A new photo site that was shared with me this last week from Wes Fryer was www.compfight.com what a wonderful resource to share high end res. photos for presentations!
Someone I know recently went attended a wedding where there was a small digital photography kiosk in the lobby. Wedding guests were encouraged to share their photos of the event with the bride and groom. The kiosk had a couple ways too upload photos....bluetooth and memory card slots. Wouldn't it be cool if schools had something like that. At the end of a field trip, concert or dance kids and parents could share photos, perhaps with an automatic upload to the web.
Someone shared this photo contest with me recently:
MIT university is trying to build a free resource to help kids learn SAT/ACT thru the power of user-generated images and video. We are currently running a nationwide contest, challenging kids to make fun and memorable flashcards by pairing sentences and images to a common test word. There will be a small cash prize and iTunes giveaways. Due date is May 22.
More details at brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules.
I thought this was a fun vocbulary-building activity that could be used with almost any grade level. You can use the Motivator Tool at http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/ to create the vocabulary poster.
This is the link to the sample posters - http://www.brainyflix.com/flashcards.
In a classroom, each student could make one poster of a vocabulary word, then create a class set of flashcards.
Brainflix is one of my favorite sites to help students create their own visuals to learn vocabulary. They still occasionally have contests and I like sending my HS students to the site to evaluate the SAT words and their corresponding picture. Turns the activity from a creative one into a critical thinking one. I also love the Motivator tool on Big Huge Labs - I use it with adults to define 21st century terminology. ImageChef
A cool tool I've found is Aviary.com. It's an online suite of tools that allow for web-based photo and audio creation and editing. You can create a vector image, edit photos, add cool effects AND record audio too. Think of it as an online iphoto, photoshop elements, garageband and audacity. Best thing about it is that it integrates with Google Docs. Very neat!
Aviary is an excellent tool. My district is converting to Google Apps and at the suggestion of a peer and I we now have Aviary as an option on our Google Apps link. I like how easily you can use the Aviary screen capture extension in Firefox. Have you used the "Groups" option under the "Contacts" tab? We set up "groups" for students and teachers at our school so they can work on collaborative projects together. Great collaborative fun!
My photography week was made yesterday. I had TWO students turn in optional photography extra-curricular projects. These are "honors" students who earn their credit by self-motivated work instead of having a class where I teach the "extra stuff." They have about ten options available and must choose a different activity each term. Each project description involves documentation of the activity using either photographs or original drawings. I think the "optional honors document" is the a help in motivating students to use digital photography. In the past, I've had several parents comment about how fun it has been to help their student with these projects.
One young lady took photographs from our local sewage treatment plant. She described each part of the plant and why it was important in changing water quality. I was VERY impressed with how detailed her close-up photographs were. I could almost smell the area (yes, I've toured it before.)
The second young lady visited a couple of different environments and spent several hours in each making observations. While she was there, she used a camera to document her visit. I almost felt like I was at the location from her photographs.
I honestly believe these students are becoming more comfortable taking photographs. They also seem to recognize what makes a photograph great and use that in their work. [side note ... My previous favorite project was from a young lady's hike to the top of our local almost 12,000 foot mountain. She had photos of the scenery, landscape, valley, mountain, plants, and animals. Seeing the mountain goats and pikas brought back memories from my last climb up the mountain.)
I attended a webinar last night on image editing and was introduced to sumo paint They claim to be the best web editor - There are some really cool filters and tools. It reminds me of Photoshop since it does have layers. Scared of the layers then stay away and keep it simple. I love the fact that you do not have to login to create and save!!! I created a quick example while playing around to show perspective tiling under the 3D effects. Check out the site and share some examples of your creativity. Enjoy!
Note: Some participants had trouble accessing on the school network
I've used Sumo Paint before. It is very similar to Photoshop (and can be as challenging as Photoshop to use.) I like Phoenix (the image editor of Aviary) for editing images online. Phoenix is a simpler image editor than Sumo Paint (IMHO). Phoenix also has layers - but you can ignore the layers if you want to keep it simple. I have not had any blockage problems with Aviary - even in my district .
I got one for you that is so out of the box....http://www.psykopaint.com/ You can create images with paint strokes. Your art teachers will go crazy over this one esp since the strokes can be artists like Monet. I took 3 pictures of Lili grabbed the color and created this kindergarten masterpiece. Enjoy and share your artwork!
Here is an example created by a 5th grader. Her assignment was to create a "Book Trailer" (similar to a movie trailer) summarizing her book and her opinion of the book.
The assignment had her: 1. creating a storyboard using paper & pencil; 2. writing a summary of her book to go with her pictures; 3. Using MS Paint, creating her pictures; 4. saving her pictures as a .jpeg then inserting them into Powerpoint; 5. once the ppt was the way she wanted it, she saved the ppt as both a presentation (in case she needed to change something) and as a .jpg interchange; 6. imported the .jpg interchange ppt into Photostory 3; 7. recorded her summary (script) using Photostory's recorder and adjusting the transition; 8. once recording and adjustments were complete, rendered it, saving to the desktop. Photostory creates a .wmv video file.
Fantastic! I wish my teachers had allowed me to do something this fun for my Book Reports. It is evident how much time was spent creating the script and storyboard based on the smoothness of the PhotoStory. May I have your permission to share the video clip with the English teachers at my school. Perhaps I can convince them our 7th grade students can do more than just write paragraphs about what they read.
I really like using the flip camera. So easy to edit, grab a picture and edit the video. As a side note, I used my flip camera to document some pictures from my daughter's head-on accident. I have been documenting her recovery and also saving important pictures for the attorney. What a blessing that flip camera was.
You are correct on how easily a FLIP camera can document things. My Biology students have been dissecting organisms this past month. Each group was given a digital camera (or was allowed to bring in their own.) I had two FLIP cameras available for groups to borrow during the labs. Groups took pictures (or videos) of their dissections and will use these in creating a multimedia presentation to show their understanding of how the animals are similar. Student groups were given ideas on multimedia tools available: iMovie/Moviemaker, Prezi, Keynote/PowerPoint, ComicLife, Linoit, and Animoto. Groups were also told they could use a different tool as long as it met my student teachers' project criteria. I have enjoyed seeing the student enthusiasm in working on this project. Probably one of the more exciting parts for me is the fact that ONLY one student is currently failing the class (and she has been coming in to make-up her work!)