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Your quick cam ideas!

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Alix Peshette (apeshet)
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 13:10:34 +0000

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Hi all,

I recently asked the question about activities and lessons for the
quick cam camera I just purchased. I got a wealth of great ideas
from wonderful people on ArtsEdNet and Ednet. I wanted to share
these ideas with all of you. Thanks to all the contributors!

Geoff Black wrote:
Make a silent movie composed of stills.
It would be good for teaching storytelling/storyboarding skills ---
you could tie-in a little media education, costume design, backdrop
painting, title card design, etc.. Using 'GifBuilder', which is
available for free on the web, you can create animated gif files out
of your pictures. It is pretty easy to use and your kids will love
the program. Essentially, you import a series of images (pict or gif)
into the program and put them in the order you want them to appear.
You put each image on a timer that tells it how long to stay on
screen. You can preview the final 'movie' before uploading to your webspace.
You upload just as you would a regular gif file (except this will be alot
bigger).

Alison King wrote:
I am working with a group of 6th graders who are writing reports about
"Gifts from the Ancient Civilizations". The classroom teacher took
their pictures with a QuickTake camera, imported the photos into the
Claris Works paint program, and then let the kids manipulate and paint
over their photos to make it look as if they were dressed in full
Egyptian regalia (hats, staffs, breast adornment, etc.). Beneath all
the thick electronic paint peeked out their smiling faces, still in
photographic form. It was darling, and it involved some research into
appropriate dress, colors, heiroglyps, etc. The deeper learning here
is the idea of photo manipulation. I thought this was an excellent
idea that came from a regular classroom teacher (the kids don't have
art class at all). Obviously this type of project could be done with
any historical era. In a series, it could be "Me Through the Ages" or
something....and made into a KidPix slideshow. To import anything
into KidPix for slideshows, just be sure the file is in PICT format
(usually an option when you SAVE AS).

The next step for us is to take the images, convert them to GIFs and
string them together in a series of web pages, where the kids make
interconnections about the different "gifts" they have researched, and
show their portraits of what they would look like in Ancient Egypt.

Even though the QuickCam is black and white, you can still do some
great manipulations in b/w and greyscale, or have the kids "colorize"
themselves like the old movies...could open up a good conversation
about that practice in general. Because the camera is b/w you could
also try a project about light and shadow, tone and value create
compositions in the viewfinder. Use classic "film noir" examples on
your VCR to illustrate how it is possible to paint with light, and how
filmmakers have been doing it for a long time!

Another natural idea is a photo-essay, digital yearbook, or
day-in-the-life. Also, you can still create web pages even if you don't have an
internet account. I recommend Claris Home Page for beginners...it looks and
works just like the regular Claris word processor. I am working at
one school to create an "Intranet" of web pages where the students may
showcase their work throughout the networked computers at the school.
Instead of dialing up to the Web, they view the files locally on their
file server using Netscape as a browser. Then, when the eventually
get connected to the Web, they have a ton of stuff to upload at their
web site!

Diane Gregory wrote:
If you have some kind of multi-media program like HyperStudio or
HyperCard, you might want to create QuickTime movies with your
QuickCam. I would also suggest that you might investigate creating a
HyperStudio Renaissance newsletter.

Fred wrote:
This year I have used the quick take camera:
1. six graders took close-up pictures of themselves, printed them out,
cut them out and placed them where the face ought to go in a drawn
mummy picture.

2. second graders used their faces in constructng cardboard puppets
with moveable joints.

Sandra Hildreth wrote:
You could photograph students creating a living painting appropriate
to a particular social studies era - they create props, costumes,
etc., and then pose as the characters within the painting - for
example, Washington Crossing the Delaware.

I've used the supermarket tabloid format several times as a student
assignment - during a study of Egyptian art and culture they had to
write articles about places or artifacts from Egypt in the tabloid
form. I also think it would be fun to have students do the weird
pictures and headlines thing - you know, 3 headed alien comes out of
TV and helps kid with homework. They could set up the photos, use the
computer to edit - put 3 heads on a person, etc. - and then write the
accompanying article. Anything to stretch their creativity and push
them to take risks and do something original.

Harry T wrote:
Glad you have a QuickCam in your class. We have used it to:
..show conflict resolution
.."scan" in pictures from posters and books
..show cause and effect
..Show two sides of a situation (a mini-debate). We put pictures in
Kidpix and did voices there. ..show change in plants (took same plant
every day for three weeks). ..have students put objects on wall maps
that we took pictures of - to show westward expansion, etc

Thanks again for all the great ideas! Even though my school is not
on-line, I can see that there are tremendous opportunities to use the
quick cam. If I come up with anything new, I'll let the rest of you
know!

Alix Peshette
Emerson Junior High School
Davis, CA


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