For Using Your Digital Camera in The Classroom
Ideas for Teachers: Management
pictures of your students and add them to your newsletters, posters,
bulletin boards, awards, attendance board, All About Me Boards,
pictures of your bulletin boards to remember them in the years to
come. Makes duplicating them easier in the future.
pictures of the contents of boxes. Helps in locating materials
fast, especially when the boxes are stored on high shelves.
students get to know you or find you on the first day of school, add
a picture of yourself in your "Welcome" letter to your students.
Send the letter home prior to school starting.
pictures of students with medical conditions. Insert them into a
Word document with a description of the child's condition, special
needs and what to do if... Post them in an easy to see place for
quick reference in case of an emergency. Also include them in your
classroom organized- with your students' help. Take pictures of the
things that belong on a shelf or in a particular basket. Print and
laminate. Attach these photos to their respective spot. Now when it
is clean-up time, students will know exactly where things go!
a scanner, take a picture of your document.
pictures of your students throughout the year. Email special
pictures to the parents. Everyone loves to get mail- especially
when has a picture of their child. No email addresses? Print and
picture seating chart to add to your substitute folder. Your subs
will love you!
Activities to Use With Your Students
Recognition- This is a great activity for young learners to start
recognizing their own name as well as their classmates. Take your
students pictures. Print them onto cardstock with the child's name
next to their photo. Laminate the sheets and then cut each
student/name combo into puzzle pieces. Place in basket and allow
your students many opportunities to match pictures with names.
pictures of your students during the first month of school, again in
January and another in June to see how they have grown. Your
students can write stories about their growing!
pictures of just about anything to add to PowerPoint presentations
to really liven them up. Print your presentations, laminate the
pages and create classroom books. Children love to see their own
pictures in a book! For some ideas,
click here. My students' favorite- Fieldtrip Shows. You always
have that "down-time" after returning from a fieldtrip. Gather your
students around the computer and put together a slideshow of their
trip. I like to print out mini books and send them home with the
students as souvenirs.
can be assigned to go on expeditions throughout the school to look
for examples of geometric shapes (circles, triangles, parallel
lines, obtuse angles, etc). An older student could serve as a "Tech
Buddy" to assist younger children with the picture taking.
class photo to add to a calendar for gifts for families.
pictures of students doing different things (walking, eating,
coloring...) and create an "-ing Book" The students can type or
write a sentence that tells what they are doing in the picture.
Create a class book.
students pictures and import them into a drawing program such as KID
PIX STUDIO DELUXE. Have your students erase their bodies and then
using the many tools available in the program, draw themselves in a
particular place of study. For example a fifth grade class was
studying Alaska. The students create an Alaskan background and
clothing appropriate for the cold temperatures.
pen-pal with another class or school, take a picture of each
student. Print on heavy paper and laminate. Cut each picture into
puzzle pieces and send to their pen-pal to assemble.
class picture and print on special iron-on paper. Use these
transfers to create class t-shirts. These classy t's can be worn on
special days such as on field trips, field day, or during Spirit
pictures of special classroom events. Print each picture and
distribute to students. Each student is asked to write a story
about the event in the picture. Assemble the pages in to a class
pictures of your students. Print them in 1x1" squares on to heavy
paper and then laminate. Cut the squares out and use for class
headshot of each student. Crop to remove any excess background
(saves on ink when printing). Print each headshot as large as you
can. Have the students create a body to accompany their picture.
Have them make the arms long so they can be folded in as if they
are holding onto something. Hot glue clothespins to each hand. Find
a large area to hang and display each student.
*Students can attach work they are proud of throughout the year.
*During Parent Nights or Conferences, parents can attach notes to
"their" child to find the next morning.
*Attach "SPECIAL MESSAGES" as they happen. IE-Congratulations
Tommy on making the soccer team! or Happy Birthday Katelyn!.
Kids love these special acknowledgements.
students help you take pictures of classroom objects. Involve them
in the process of typing up the words to go along with each
picture. Print, laminate and use as your classroom labels.
pictures to enhance any unit! A unit of color? Have your students
take a walk around the school and create a color book. We have made
"The Colors of (a season)". Numbers? Take pictures of a pair of
socks and create a skip counting book. How about taking a picture of
a part of your room and ask the kids to find 4 pencils in the
picture or 2 books. Laminate the pages and provide dry erase
markers. The students can locate the objects and circle them. I
provide small squares of baby wipes in a Ziploc bag so they can
erase their work before they leave the center.
ABC's- Take pictures of items for each letter of the alphabet.
Time Lapse Pictures-take a series
of pictures of an event such as caterpillars emerging from their
Create a "claymation" type show
using your camera and PowerPoint. Using playdough, create a figure
such as an animal. Snap a picture. Mold the clay to show slight
movement (move a leg). Snap the picture. Repeat until your animal
has been given the illusion of movement. Insert one picture
per slide in PowerPoint. Enlarge the picture to fill the slide.
Set your transitions to 1 second and the timings to run
automatically. Run your show. The images will appear to be
moving. Sample shows coming soon!