In the hallways and cafeteria of Central Junior High School in Lawrence, Kan., snapshots of students in action, reading or recycling, are taken and sometimes plastered on walls.
The school is piloting fully integrated technology enriched classrooms and using digital cameras where they fit in the curriculum. Charlotte Anderson, who teaches English and journalism to mostly ninth graders, says she started working with computers in the 1980s and has since increased her passion for technology.
“Students get instant gratification on projects,” says Anderson, who wrote an essay on digital cameras for the High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium. (It’s available at www.4teachers.org.) “I think there is more interest and more hands-on activities. I can’t prove they are learning more. ? I think they’re learning more. They show more leadership.”
For a reading incentive, digital photographs are taken of students with their favorite books and a clever saying, and then put on the cafeteria walls. Digital cameras come in handy for school newspaper stories, yearbook, arts classes, and even enhancement worksheets. For example, pictures of the Appomattox Courthouse were taken to show a setting from Ann Rinaldi’s book, In My Father’s House.
Anderson says that books on digital cameras will help teachers manipulate the camera and integrate use of the camera into the curriculum as well as show teachers how other educators use digital cameras.
Digital Cameras in the Classroom $44.95
In this new book, step-by-step guidelines show how digital images can be an active, experimental part of standardsbased instruction.
South Carolina educators Mary Ploski Seamon and Eric J. Levitt wanted to write about digital photography while researching ideas on increasing classroom productivity via technology.
The book gives comprehensive information on selecting and using various cameras as well as downloading, storing and editing pictures. It also includes tips to engage students and lesson plan samples to show how students can solve problems and collaborate.
How to do Everything with Your Digital Camera: Second Edition $24.99
Photographer and author Dave Johnson teaches the reader about composition, exposure, flash and lighting, as well as converting your camera into a document scanner, image editor and more.
The high points of the book include discovering the versatility of digital photography and electronics; using professional darkroom tips without wasting chemicals and paper; using easy-to-understand steps for beginners and professionals; and troubleshooting and maintaining your camera. It also reveals how to send pictures through e-mail or an Internet gallery site, as well as show advanced techniques such as time-lapse, motion and anoramic photography.
WILEY PUBLISHING Digital
Photography for Dummies: Fourth Edition $24.99
Another easy guide from the Dummies collection. Complete with a CD-ROM that includes sample digital images to use when working through techniques, the book gives readers tips on how to buy the right equipment and how to use photo-editing software to enhance any digital photo.
This book is designed so you can read just one section for information on a particular topic.
CHARLES RIVER MEDIA
Complete Digital Photography: Second Edition $39.95
Complete with a CD-ROM featuring new video tutorials on noise reduction, color correction and cloning, this book will explain the differences between traditional photography and digital and teaches photographers how to adjust.
Illustrations are done in a fourcolor guide and the latest technology provides updated tips on editing and special effects. As the book states, “the digital photographer has luxuries the film photographer can only dream of: the ability to instantly view images and delete ? the lack of film processing and scanning.”
It’s written for photographers of all skill levels who want to create quality images.