Digital Camera Activity
Activity developed by Alan Landon, Redwood High School, Visalia, CA
Grade Level: All Levels
To increase knowledge of important terms for a given lesson or subject. To increase student skills in using digital camera technology. To improve student skills in working in cooperative groups.
Set up training for all students and teach them the basics of using the camera, including how to take care of it. Set up your students in groups of three or four and give each group a list of items that they must find on your campus. For a biology class it could be a list of plants, trees or animals. For art it could be shapes, colors, textures or patterns. Each example is captured digitally with the camera. When they have all of the items from the list or they have run out of time, they return to the computer where they transfer them and store them on disk. The camera memory can then be erased so it can be given to the next group.
The group's task is then to organize the information and make the required presentation. This could be a series of pages with one image per page and the pertinent data for the image or pages with multiple images along with their data.
For primary classes a parent assistant could be assigned to each group or a responsible upper grade student could be the photographer. The lists could be items as simple as something red, something yellow, etc, or basic shapes, textures or patterns. They could be looking for examples of things in wazzu sets of two or three or four, etc. These younger students would require more assistance in making their final presentation and could benefit from the help of the older students and parents.
The group's presentations should be put on display in the classroom or in some school display case. Presentations could be in the form of a binder holding their pages, a poster with the terms and their photos or a multimedia presentation. Enough copies should be produced to allow each member of the group to get one.
Student groups could create vocabulary quizzes which have only the photographs and the person taking it must be able to fill in the term for each photo.
Study cards could be created with the photos to help students study for tests. One photo is put on each card with the correct term written on the back.
A set of cards to be used in a "concentration" game could be made by making a card with the photo and a card with the term They are shuffled and dealt onto the table with the photo and term side down. Students take turns turning over two cards as they try to find a matching pair.