Art, Creative Thinking, Education, K-12, Student Products, Websites



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Here is the basic premise of 100cameras:

The model is simple, bringing change full circle. 100cameras..

 ..identifies communities that are home to marginalized children with child-centered organizations that are successfully solving local problems

..provides art education by teaching children how to tell their stories through photography

..amplifies their voice by sharing their perspectives with the world

..empowers their story to raise awareness and funds to impact their own communities.

The photos on this site are powerful, and I love that they are taken by children in their own environments.  Seeing the world through their eyes is amazing.  Offering the prints for purchase gives the students a genuine voice.  This is a wonderful idea.  If you are interested in partnering with 100cameras to bring this project to your community, visit this page.

I can also visualize many ways that this concept can be adapted for the classroom or for a school.  The best thing about this is putting the cameras into the hands of the students.  Let them tell a story with pictures.  Let them display it to an audience.  And let them receive feedback for their work.  Engage their minds, and let them be heard.



Critical Thinking, Education, K-12, Student Products, Teaching Tools, Writing

Look at the Camera and Say, “Think”!

When Richard Byrne allowed some of us to guest post on his Free Technology for Teachers blog last week, I was fascinated by the variety in the posts.  This one, in particular, struck me.  The simplicity of the idea makes me regret that I haven’t tried this before now.  But I certainly have plans to incorporate it in my classroom soon, thanks to the author, Alison Anderson.  Ms. Anderson basically encourages the use of videos and photography in the classroom.  This is not new to me.  But I love the ways she incorporates them.  For example, she takes pictures of the kids “in action” during class, then posts them, and assigns this homework:  “Narrate what was happening and what you were thinking about in these 5 pictures of you in class today.”  What a great reflection piece!  I highly recommend that you read the rest of Ms. Anderson’s article to find out more ways to use cameras in the classroom.