I originally published this post four years ago. I remembered this post while reflecting on a conversation that I had with my freshmen during homeroom this week about their picture-taking and video-recording habits.
Take a look at almost any student’s cell phone and you’re bound to find hundreds or thousands of pictures and videos that they taken. As teachers we should put our students’ picture-taking and video-taking habits to good use. Here are three ways to utilize students’ picture-taking habits in your classroom.
Create a b-roll gallery.
Rather than making students scour the web in a quest for public domain or Creative Commons media, let them search in a classroom gallery of media. Create a shared Google Drive, Dropbox, or Box folder to which students can upload images and videos that will allow other students use in slideshows and other multimedia projects.
Create digital portfolios of physical work.
Have students snap pictures of work they have done on paper or another physical medium and upload them to a folder that is shared with you. Of course, students can also link to digital projects. SeeSaw is a great platform for projects like this.
Tell a story.
Did your class recently go on a field trip? If so, your students probably have a slew of photos from it. Have them use those to summarize the highlights of what they learned during the field trip.
Are you trying to get students to tell stories about themselves? In that case, let them use photos to tell that story.