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Re: [teacherartexchange] Digital Photography for 1st - 8th grade


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 26 2007 - 13:05:58 PDT

> 1) I'm concerned about how to get my students' photos downloaded quickly
> and efficiently. Currently I only have one student computer in the art
> room, but might be getting a second this year. We have two very nice
> computer labs in the school, but they are not always available for other
> teachers to use.

Not knowing what operating system you are on, this is what I have my
students do using Windows XP. Use the camera wizard that pops up when you
plug your camera into the computer and turn it on. Tell the computer where
you want the images to go, check the delete photos from camera option, and
XP automatically pulls the images and deletes them from the camera. Now the
camera is ready for the next person.

> 2) Obviously, with just 3 camera for up to 30 students, there are not
> enough cameras for everyone to be taking photos at the same time. I have
> not fully committed to using centers all the time yet so I'm a little
> concerned about how to coordinate it so that everyone gets a chance to use
> the cameras to create a work of art without having to constantly reteach
> the lesson objectives and having one lesson take all year.

I have 2 student cameras for my class. I have a sign up sheet - when a
camera is available the next person on the list gets to use it.

> 3) The cameras use AA batteries and they seem to suck them dry a bit
> faster than I would like for them to. I am planning to purchase
> rechargeable batteries. Does anyone have other suggestions or advice on
> this?

I have 2 extra sets of rechargeable batteries and I make sure they are
always charged. You be in control of the batteries. Don't allow the students
to change them or they'll get thrown away.

> 4) Of course I am also looking for lesson ideas that would be suitable for
> 1st - 8th grade students. I'm not sure yet it I will have access to
> Photoshop.

It is amazing what students can do just using the paint program that comes
with windows. There are also numerous programs you can download for free if
you don't have photoshop.

> 5) I would like to offer my students the option to save and print their
> photos, but the expense seems daunting. I considered having them to bring
> in CDs, USB sticks, or other devices to save their photos on. They could
> then take their pictures to most photos centers to get prints made if they
> really want them. For classroom purposes I am planning to have them
> incorporate the photos into slide shows or PowerPoint presentations. I
> may also, for some lessons, have prints made of a few of their photos.

No matter the age, they all seem to want to print their creations in color.
I allow my students 1 8x10" color picture, and I print them all at one time.
If students know they only get one print they may create more images and
then choose their favorite. Let them print them in black & white and discuss
concepts such as contrast. If I were just using my own color printer I would
be alot stingier, but teachers in my district have access to color laser
printers. For my own sanity I set up the print days according to what works
with my schedule. Another option would be to put their images on a website
and allow parents to print them off at home.

3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist

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