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al (not verified)

Comic Life

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Just introduced to Comic Life. Any projects that you have done that were especially successful?

I am thinking about a project where students can use comic life to introduce themselves to me and their class through a comic book that talks about them. Something like a personal interests inventory

Sandy Beck (not verified)

Just an update to the sites

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Just an update to the sites I referenced above - our county redid our entire web system so those links are toast. Here are the correct links now: The Backpack site which includes the Picturing Literacy My Going Digital in the Classroom also has a link to the Backpack site. Kathy's Excel site
Sue (not verified)

I love incorporating photos

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I love incorporating photos into my classroom. For the past two years I have been using my own digital camera in the classroom. Now, I think that it is time to get some funding for additional equipment. We have taken some fantastic shots through the microscope. I burn the images to a CD and run them as a slideshow throughout class. Every students recognizes the organisms that they photographed and the entire class checks the screen throughout the period. My final project in Marine Biology requires students to photograph, identify, and supply various information about all of the organisms that we have studied during the year. My normal screensaver on my school computer consists of images I have taken of beautiful areas all over the country. It is a good way to connect with all of my students, since they always have questions about certain shots and want to know more about the area shown, my trip, and nature in general. I, too, compile a bunch of student shots for the end of year. It is a memorable way to reflect on the activities of the year and the connections that we have established.
Jim Moulton (not verified)

Reading Sandy's comment that

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Reading Sandy's comment that included the link to the page she and Kathy Adkins have created in Forsyth County, GA is a treat. I already make use of Kathy's spreadsheet resource, the To Excel in the Classroom page when I am working with educators and trying to bring them over the hump into becoming technolgy users. It, like the "Picturing Literacy" page shared here, makes clear that the technology resources work for the teacher and the students, not the other way around. Now I have another great tool. Thanks for sharing, Sandy!
Merilee Mickle (not verified)

Hello, I would love to own

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Hello, I would love to own my own camera but I am in graduate school for teaching so money is very tight. I work two jobs and go to school. Is there any programs or grants for cameras for future teachers like me who would love to have one for school? Sincerely, Merilee Loved the information!!
John Jaques, Bath Maine (not verified)

Every 7th and 8th grader in

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Every 7th and 8th grader in the state of Maine gets to use an Apple iBook for the school year. We are very fortunate to have 1 on 1 laptop access. At Bath Middle School we use iPhoto to manage our digital images. Students throughout the year use digital cameras to document their work. My hope is that we can use these to build a digital portfolio for every student. Electronic portfolios are another important componant of using digital cameras in the classroom. In iPhoto students can even build web pages using thier own digital images. Imagine all students with an online electronic portfolio at the end of the year! I agree, digital cameras are underused in schools today. Thanks for the reminder Jim!
Marilyn (not verified)

Digital photography can

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Digital photography can build student self-esteem. Handing middle school students cameras and telling them to take pictures of anything they find interesting is a great start when they learn to use image processing software. Their engagement in the content is MUCH more intense when they are working with their own shots instead of stock photos!
Barbara Greenstone (not verified)

I work with Jim Moulton in

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I work with Jim Moulton in Maine and the first digital camera I ever saw was a Sony Mavica that he brought to my computer lab about 8 or 9 years ago. I've been hooked ever since. I see digital cameras as wonderful tools for promoting literacy across the curriculum. Many of our students are more comfortable communicating with images than with text. Having them document their school experiences with pictures can be a powerful way to build bridges for them between images and text. I know a middle school science teacher who takes pictures of students durng each step of a science lab. The students use the pictures to help them write lab reports Other teachers use digital cameras to document field trips and other experiences and write photo essays. One of my favorite activities for building bridges between images and text involves making comics or graphic novels with photos. Comic Life is a great tool for doing this but you can do it in any word processing program too.
Sandy Beck (not verified)

Using digital cameras has

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Using digital cameras has been a large part of technology integration across the curriculum in the Forsyth County School System in Cumming, Georgia, for many years. I am an Instructional Technology Specialist in an elementary school, and am always looking for new ways to include digital imagery to promote learning. Another ITS, Kathy Adkins and myself, created a web resource, 'Picturing Literacy' that gives lots of suggestions for utilizing digital pictures in your reading/wrting programs. There are also technology resources for Math, Science, and Social Studies. In addition, there is a link on the Literacy page for another page I created, called 'Going Digital in Your Classroom', with more ideas. We have recently been using Microsoft's Photo Story 3 program (free download), to create digital stories with K - 5 grades. We have several examples on our school web site. I welcome any new ideas to pursue with K - 5!
Rickey (not verified)

I also agree. Our students

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I also agree. Our students (6th, 7th and 8th graders) use digital images in our school newspaper. We even devote a page titled "Scene Around" for candids taken around school. My students also photographed each other using digital cameras. We downloaded the images, burned them to CDs and the students used them as the centerpiece of a slide they created about themselves which we incorporated into a class PowerPoint. Each year we sort through all of our digital images and choose the best for our school calendar. The students love to have their photos show up in the calendar.
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