Using Digital Cameras in the Classroom

1. Different ways teachers could use digital cameras in the classroom:
Something that would help me as a teacher is to take a picture of each student and glue it into my seating chart to help me memorize all of my students names. You could also use each of the students pictures as a get to know each other activity. It would not only help the teacher get to know the student, but the students to get to know each other as well. Below their picture they could put different things they enjoy doing, nicknames, and anything else they want to include.
It would be fun to keep track of the different activities that the class has done together throughout the year. I think it would also be a really good idea for the teacher to create a blog with all their pictures on it so the parents could get on and see what their child has been doing in school.
I have always been a person who likes to reward people for doing a good job. It would be fun to post a student of the month and not have the students know who won until they come into class and see who's picture is up. The teacher would need to make sure that before award is given you have a collection of candid pictures of that student and different work they have done to go on a poster to spot light the students achievements.

2. How students could use digital cameras for learning in the classroom:
Students could benefit from using digital cameras in the classroom in many ways. If students had access to a digital camera they could keep track of growth and progress through out the year. There were several lesson plans that involved the use of a digital camera that would be a fun way to learn. Here are a few of my favorite I read:
geometry_lesson_icon.jpgMath : Have students take pictures of geometric figures and then have them write the definition next to picture to make a vocabulary book.

Science: A fun activity that I read about was to keep track of a subjects growth whether it is plants growth or even bacteria growth. Have students take picture of subject they are observing and record data gathered.
abc.jpgEnglish: Have students make their own dictionaries. Let them find objects they want to take a picture of and have them write a definition explaining object. Examples: certain minerals, fruit: tell where it grows best and what time of year, etc. You could also have students create an ABC book finding different objects that start with each letter of alphabet.
Other: Have students go on a scavenger hunt. Have a list of items your students need to find and take a picture of. Have items to lesson you are teaching. When students have pictures of all items create a collage with all their photos.

A couple websites I found that had a lot of information and ideas on how to use digital cameras in a classroom are: Digital Cameras and School Collection teachers resources

Best Camera for the Classroom


I liked the Z10fd digital camera from Fujifilm. It is only $200 and comes in a variety of colors like pink, blue, red, black, green, and orange. If the camera looks kid friendly I think the students will be more comfortable using it. This camera is very easy to use and has all the different features you would need for classroom projects. it has 54 megabytes which makes it so you can take some pictures without purchase of a memory card, but if you do decide to buy a memory card this camera can support XD and SD cards.

Learn more about this camera at: Generation Z and Fujifilm FinePix


Basics of Digital Cameras

1. Basics of a digital camera: Digital cameras use sensors that convert light information from the photographed scene into a digital image. Tiny pixels make up each image, and the number of pixels in an image is referred to as the images resolution. One megapixel is equal to one million pixels, which means in every picture you take there are millions of pixels combined to form and create your image. All your photos will be stored in the camera's memory card as a file. You can buy larger memory cards to store more photos.

2. Resolution: the device in the camera that measures how many photons strike the sensor in the camera, which means the overall quality of the picture.
Pixels: Small single points in the picture that combine to form a picture. The more pixels your photo uses the more memory it will take up, which is why the more pixels your photo uses the better the image turns out.
Megapixel: it takes one million pixels to create one megapixel.

3. Digital Work Flow: Is the whole process from initially taking the photo, editing, to printing/documenting final photo.

4. Printing Process: To create a photo, the image is divided into four different colors so when the image is printed it will print in a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. The more pixels you use when taking your picture, the better the picture will print.

Taking Good Pictures

10 Techniques:

1. Keep your camera ready.
2.Get close to object.
3. Keep people busy.
4. Use simple background
5. Place subject off center.
6. Include foreground in scenics.
7. Look for good lighting.
8. Hold your camera steady.
9. Use your flash.
10. Use rule of thirds.

Macro Shot


1. What is a macro shot? Is a close-up picture of usually a very small object, so the image projected on the digital sensor is close to the same size of object.
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2. Steps to taking a macro shot:

  • Switch your camera to macro shot setting (looks like a flower).
  • Keep your arms close to your body to steady the camera or use a tripod.
  • Make sure you use your flash so you don't have any unwanted shadowing.
  • stay steady and make sure your camera is focused before snapping the shot.

3. How is a macro shot used? It is used to be able to see detail of an image that would be hard to see without magnification. It enhances the color, texture, and size of objects. Comes in hand when wanting a close up of insects or other small objects.

Ideas for Class Projects:
  • Explore Nature: Have students go outside and practice taking macro shots of plants/flowers and insects.

  • Scavenger Hunt: Use macro shot when finding items on a scavenger hunt.

  • Compare Shots: have students take a picture of the same object, one with macro shot active and one without and compare the two images. Have students recognize what they can see in the macro shot they couldn't see in the original shot.