3 1/2 Floppy Disks
Sony Digital Mavica.
Sony. Available: http://www.sony.com.
Composer. Microsoft. Available: http://www.microsoft.com
MIC Collage by CHS Photo
Photos on disks
Initially the students will create a collage that is not intended for use
on the Web site. We will critique these for Design Content, Clarity of Idea,
and Composition. Every student will be responsible for creating a Web collage
each six weeks. They will incorporate
what they learned during this initial trial run in all future collages.
Jean Kunath, Art and
Photography Teacher, Central High School, Victoria, Virginia
Marie Gee, County
TIMELINE & COURSE
This activity occurs
at the beginning of the semester because it needs to be utilized throughout the
entire year. The particular activity had to be reenacted because we were 4 weeks
into the semester. The activity usually takes one 90-minute class period for
the students to fully understand the importance of capturing images on the
camera and creating interesting collages for inclusion on the school Web site.
My students cover
almost every event at Central and create interesting collages. Over the last
three years, we have learned that great collages come from great photographs.
The students must properly understand the use of the camera and the importance
of capturing an interesting image, then good collages easily occur. Also, I’ve
learned to encourage them to “alter” only 2-3 photos in the collage. Altering
too many images in a collage, coupled with trying to be too creative, sometimes
makes the collage too busy. The absolute “BEST EXPERIENCES” are when the
parents call, as well as other relatives, and relay their excitement at seeing
their child’s pictures on the Internet. We are careful to include only students with parental consent to appear
on the school effort. At the beginning
of the year, we make a great effort to inform all students all the details of
our project. Very few parents refuse to
sign the permission forms. We never use
first and last names of anyone appearing in a collage or anyone making a collage.
We started taking
the photos for the County Technology Director, Marie Gee. She eventually asked
us to try making the collages to help her out with the many images she was
receiving. She made sure that Microsoft Image Composer was available for use in
the computer lab. We have 24 computers
loaded with Microsoft Image Composer in the lab, as well as three in my
classroom. We also have the use of two digital
cameras. Microsoft 2000 now offers Photo Draw, a comparable program with the
same capabilities. However, my students
get great results from working with Image Composer.
Victoria is a quiet, rural community of approximately 1,800 citizens. Central High School has 578 students. Around 50% of the students are White, 49% are African American, and 1% are Hispanic. Forty nine percent of the students receive free or reduced price lunch.
“Hands-on” is definitely the best strategy for my new photo
students to gain the best knowledge. By
giving them old disks from past events, they get immediate satisfaction and get
excited about doing their real collage.
Technology as Facilitator of Quality Education Model
Components Highlighted in This Activity http://www.intime.uni.edu/model/modelimage.html
(Note: This is
a unit plan that may cover several days to several weeks. Not all of the
elements from the Technology as Facilitator of Quality Education Model that are
described below will appear in the video clips used.)
Involvement is evident in
this particular lesson. The students
participate in a hands-on activity involving the creation of a collage using
throughout the lesson. The students
utilize critical thinking in the selection of the photos, as well as the
choices made during their collage creation.
Informal Learning is evident continuously during the
lesson. The students are comfortable
working at the individual computers and appreciate the assistance from their
peers in Photo II.
Direct Experience occurs as the students look at the examples
posted around the room that have appeared previously on the Web. They continue to incorporate this principle
of learning as they view current examples on the actual school Web site.
They receive Frequent
Feedback from myself as well as the advanced photo students. They appreciate the suggestions offered for
Most of the students
have a genuine interest in photography and are very exited about taking
pictures that will be placed immediately on a school Web site. Numerous people
visit our school site, which results in constant positive feedback for the
Evolution of the
We have emerged from
downloading pictures from an old digital camera to taking images with an
advanced camera that appear directly on a disk. The pictures often appear on the finished collage the very next
day. In the past, the finished product
sometimes took a week from start to finish. The students and community appreciate the efficiency of the pictures
appearing directly after the occurrence of the event.
(Learning activity format adapted from National Educational Technology Standards
for Students Connecting Curriculum & Technology http://cnets.iste.org/students
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