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Monday, September 11, 2006

Sight Seen-Non Sticky Instruction

I'll be presenting the keynote presentation at TechForum Texas in October-the title is Making IT Stick, and I'll be exploring how innovations become the way in schools.

So, I'm always on the lookout for material.

Today I walked past a photography classroom that had a box filled with student portfolios from the previous school year outside the classroom door. The portfolios were filled with the photographs the kids had taken the year before-obviously they were there for the students to pick up.

Several questions:

Does anyone still teach traditional film photography? Really. I'm serious. Why haven't we gone digital?
How come the kids aren't posting to Flickr? (or something else?). By the way, we are one of the few districts that do not block Flickr.

Why not show kids how to create a lifetime portfolio? Something that they can share with anyone in the world? Something that lives beyond the boundaries of a school year? Why aren't we showing kids how to be content contributors? Why aren't we taking advantage of the most authentic audience possible? And why are we still creating products for the refrigerator door magnet?

It will be interesting to see how many are picked up....

1 Comments:

  • At 9:43 PM , Blogger BernieRA said...

    -We don't block Flickr.
    -We teach both Digital Photography and Digital Photography. (separate classes and teachers)
    -We just got 25 brand new Canon digitals for the digital class.

    I worry that we are getting too far from the quality photography phase, where we teach aperture, depth of field, composition, etc. We're not creating an artist who can see and frame a good picture. Aren't we just teaching them how to use a shotgun- "point it and hit everything, and pick up the pieces later"?

     

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