This week our discussion was based on the power of photography. I find great joy in photography because of two reasons. The first is it has a way of freezing memories in time. The people in these photographs may change, but the memory lasts forever. I find great joy in going through old photos and reminiscing on travel experiences, enjoyable times with family and friends, birthday celebrations, periods of growth, and so much more. The second reason is that it captures the beauty in various aspects of life. I love pointing my camera at the same thing, yet it ends up being so different. This is where my love of the sky originated from.
From an education perspective, there are many ways that students could use photography in the classroom. It is a way in which students can creatively capture their learning, provide a source of inspiration for reflection, and allow them to share their thinking visually. For teachers, allowing students to use photography can help them to learn about their students, to better understand their ideas, and is an opportunity to ask them critical questions. We Are Teachers, Scholastic, and Teach Thought have all provided excellent ideas on how to incorporate digital photography into the classroom. Additionally, our graduate assistant, Daniela, conducted a fun and creative activity that teachers could use with a classroom. We were able to use our devices or cameras provided by the school to capture photos in and around the campus that told a story and/or used visually appealing techniques (e.g. shadows, light, colour, emotion). Below are the photos I was able to document.
"You don't take a photo. You make it."