10 ways to use photography in your classroom

IMG_4951In my previous post I talked about how I had been experimenting with iPhone photography.  iPads and mobile devices are becoming more and more prevalent in classrooms and they come equipped with a whole host of great features, the greatest of which is the camera.  The camera is brilliant and in most classrooms is used for recording films.  Photographs are used in classrooms but more often than not students tend to select photos from creative commons sites such as pixabay or foter.  If a student is wholly engaged with a project or task they are more like to remember it, so maybe it’s time to stop students searching for photos and let them get creative and take their own.

  1. There are a multitude of apps that allow you to add words to your photos such as wordswag, adobe post and typorama to name but a few.  Why not get your lesson started with a quote, fact or provocative statement using a photo to support it? Better still, get your students to create them.IMG_4945
  2. Photograph a process.  This could be a science experiment or a design and technology project or even the creation of a piece of art.  Students could then drop their photos into the app Paper 53 and annotate on them or type below them. In Paper 53 you can highlight elements of your photos to make them stand out more.IMG_4944
  3. Collaborate on an iBook.  You could ask your form group to document a day in the life of your school.  Students could then collate their photos in an iBook which could then be shared at open evenings and the like. Take a look at Louise and Lisa’s One Best Thing iBook  to get some ideas!
  4. Take a photo. Paint it. Or add filters to your original photo to get inspiration for painting.
  5. Take a photo or a series of photos and use them as inspiration for writing.  Students could even take photos as inspiration for others.
  6. Document a school trip.  Rather than the somewhat uninspiring photos that we all come back with from school trips, challenge your students to get creative and take some inspiring photos.  The photos could then be used to make a slide show using Haiku deck app.  The beauty of Haiku deck is that it doesn’t allow too many words so the photos get to shine!Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 16.05.10
  7. Describe your community.  Get out of the classroom and get taking photographs of the people and places within it.  Back in the classroom students could create interactive books using their photos and the app book creator.  I am definitely doing this with my languages classes when we learn about places in town.IMG_4948
  8. Portraits.  This would work well on a new intake day or with a new Y7 class.  Take portraits of each other and then interview the student.  You could link the photo to the interview using a QR code or you could video the interview and link to the photo using augmented reality.
  9. Create a photo story.  Using the comic life app or bookcreator app IMG_4949
  10. Turn your students into sports photo journalists and get them to document a school sporting event.  Publish the best photos with a match report in the school newspaper or the school blog. Look at Bill Frakes’ photos for inspiration.




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