Using Digital Cameras in the Classroom Presented by Susan Gilley Bergman School District Technology Coordinator
Full Day – 6 hours
In this session, participants will understand the basics of digital images, learn how to manipulate digital images in various ways, and how to use digital photography in their classrooms. Participants will create a lesson plan that incorporates digital images and that will support state and district frameworks.
Upon completion of the session participants will:
1. understand basic functions of a digital camera
2. use digital cameras to take photographs
3. manipulate digital images to achieve various effects
4. develop a lesson plan integrating digital photography into their curricular instruction
5. create a small Photo Story project
6. share strategies developed and products created with the group.
8:30 – 8:45 - Introductions and Expectations
Discuss goals and objectives for session.
Discuss learner expectations:

· No partial credit for participation in the session.
· Use positive cooperative learning skills during the session.
· Expect to share and learn from others.
· Ask for group expectations
8:45 – 9:30 - Introduction to Digital Photography PowerPoint
9:30 – 9:45 – BREAK
9:45 – 10:15 - Independent: locating photos and other resources
Create folders for saving photos
Find 5 photos online and save them in folder.
Also – divide in groups and discuss and reflect on digital camera resources

10:15 – 11:00 - Introduction to Digital Cameras
Have the participants divide into pairs and/or groups, depending on the number of digital cameras available. Participants should learn the basics of using a digital camera:

· Turn on the camera(s)
· Set camera(s) in CAMERA mode for taking pictures
· Take pictures using the shutter button
· Switch camera(s) to PLAY mode for reviewing pictures
· Review pictures taken during practice
· Switch camera back to CAMERA mode
· Turn off the camera(s)
11:00 – 11:45 - Basic Photo Editing Concepts
Instruct participants to work in pairs/groups during the lunch break. Each PERSON should take at least five (5) photos. One photo should be un-zoomed, one should be zoomed in, one should be taken such that the subject shows ‘red eye’ in the photo, and the other two may be of the photographers choosing.
11:45 – 12:15
12:15 – 12:45 - Photographer’s Parking Lot
Participants will share questions, problems, and horror stories regarding their lunchtime picture-taking. Prompt the photographers to share lesson plan ideas, reasons for using the subject matter they chose for their photos, etc. Some suggestions for lesson plans: Virtual Collections (bugs, leaves, trees, kinds of cars, etc), Interdependency (take unrelated photos and create a story), Letter/Number Books with pictures, Digital Storytelling (using pictures to tell a story – grandparent interview, town history, etc), Geometry (pictures of shapes in everyday objects), Digital Yearbooks, Life Cycle presentations (plants from seed to adult, animals from birth to adult)

12:45 – 2:15 - Transfer photos, experiment with editing, and Photo Story
Transferring Photos to your Computer
Step by Step Guide Using Picasa
Photo Story Tutorial
2:15 – 2:30 – BREAK
2:30 – 3:00 - Create a lesson plan
3:00 – 3:30 - Discussion and Closing
Participants will share products they have developed with the group.

Discussion Questions: How will the participants use what they learned in their own environment? How can we SHARE?
Evaluations and clean up room