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Digital cameras, video cameras, scanners, clipart, and other visuals can bring learning alive for students. Use the following resources to expand your understanding of digital cameras.

Digital Cameras
Digital camera have become a popular way to take photographs. The key to creating good photographs is taking lots of pictures and a digital camera makes this easy. As long as the batteries are charged and the user has enough storage space, the number of digital photographs that can be taken is unlimited.

Use the following off-site resources to learn more about using digital cameras and imaging:

Selecting a Camera. The first step in digital photography is selecting the right camera. They range from simple, inexpensive "point and shoot" cameras to professional, high-end "single lens reflex" cameras.

Use the following off-site websites to locate information and reviews on a wide range of digital cameras:

Operating a Digital Camera. Once you've got a camera, you need to learn the basics of operation. Although the directions will vary from camera to camera, use the following resources as a place to start your exploration:

Using your Camera. When using a digital camera, make certain you take the powercord and extra batteries to your classroom of field location. Keep a log of your pictures. Most cameras take their best pictures outdoors at about 5-10 feet from the camera. In addition, bright colors turn out the best.

Taking Quality Photographs. After some practice, think about the composition of your photographs. Most of the skills you have in traditional photography apply to digital photography.

Use the following off-site websites to learn how to take quality photographs.

Integrating Digital Photographs into Your Classroom. There are endless uses for digitized pictures. A few ideas are provided to get you started thinking about classroom applications such as portfolios, before/after projects, sequence projects, action research, creative writing, career shadowing, tutorials, and presentations.

Use the following off-site websites for ideas on classroom integration.



Funding for this project was provided through a grant from Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) from the US Department of Education.
Principal Investigators
Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot, Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor, College of Education

Created 2/03. Last Updated 4/06.