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Teaching with Images

  1. To provide a visual to support a concept you are teaching
    Photographs can illustrate ideas. They say "this is what I'm talking about," or "this is what it looks like." Photos can help us create an accurate mental image of an idea.

  2. To document something
    Class photos, pictures of a special event, pictures of student artwork or assignments,--all help us to document history. They are a record of things that happened in your class.

  3. To design and create
    Students can use photographs to create posters and artwork to design t-shirts, or to produce other creative visual projects.

  4. To give presentations
    Students can use photographs to support presentations, using PowerPoint or producing slide shows.

  5. To publish
    Digital photographs can be added to books or illustrated reports that are created on computers using desktop publishing software or even simple word processors.

  6. To see through your students' eyes
    Put a digital cameral in your students' hands and let them capture what they see. You can learn what they find important in their communities, or find out what they notice in the environment. Interview the students about the pictures they took to learn more.

  7. To capture data
    Use cameras to collect information. students can find geometric shapes in nature; they can take pictures of the plants that grow in their neighborhood park; they can look for examples of gothic architecture. Whatever they are studying, they can capture visual images with a camera and bring them back to the classroom for examination.

  8. To make visible
    Some things are invisible to the naked eye, either because they are too large to see (like the solar system) or too small
  9. to see (like germs). Photographs can put these things into a format that we can see and understand, by either reducing them, or magnifying them.

  10. To give access to things far away
    Some things are simply too far away for our students to experience them. Photographs can bring nature to inner city students; they can bring other cultures into the classroom; they can help students understand different ecosystems than the one in which they live. Photos help bring the world closer.

  11. To compare and contrast visual elements
    Sometimes differences and similarities aren't easy to notice. Photographs give us a way to examine the visual aspects of a subject in detail. By comparing tow or more photographs, we can identify ways in which tow subjects are the same and how they are different.

  12. To teach about visual literacy
    What are the elements of good visual design? How can we "read" an image? Do photographs tell the truth? How can photographs be used to manipulate us? How can we use photographs to make a point, persuade, sell an idea?

  13. To teach about technology
    We can use photography to teach about using a camera as well as to teach computer skills. Students will need to know how to operate the camera, how to make the camera talk to the computer, how to open images in a photo-editing program, how to manipulate photos, how to print pictures, and how to insert the images into other documents.

  14. To teach about photography
    What makes a good picture? How do we decide on photo-angles? How does lighting affect our pictures? How can we manipulate the foreground, background, subject? How do we take action shots? and more..

Assignment for Collage

      In Class
      Digital camera

  • Select a brochure design or design your own
  • Scan a picture and place it in the brochure
  • Save it to the Desktop or network folder

  • Open Firefox or Safari
  • Type into the address bar and hit Return
  • Type in a search term of your choosing and click Search
  • On the next screen, click on Advanced Search
  • Scroll down the page to Creative Commons and check:
    • Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content
    • Find content to modify, adapt, or build upon
  • Click Search
  • Click on the picture you want to download
  • When the larger picture opens, look above it for options. If possible, click All Sizes
  • Click Download the Large Size (or choose the largest option available)
  • Save the file to your network folder
  • Note citation information (name of picture, and URL)

After gathering the three images
Select one photograph from each category--one from the digital camera, one scanned image, and one image from the Internet.

      Using PhotoShop:

  • create a collage that combines portions from each picture (not the entire image except for the background picture)
  • combine each element carefully to create a cohesive single image--not simply three individual images on the same page
  • use the text tool to add a label to you college
  • apply at least one Effect to you text
  • print out a color copy of your final collage (optional)
This is due by October 18 or 21.

Publish your picture to our group on Flickr following the instructions below.

Uploading to

Preparing your photo to publish
  1. In PhotoShop, with your montage open, Choose File>Save As
  2. In the Format box, change the format to JPEG
  3. Change the 3-letter extension on your file name (in the Save As box) to .jpg (if necessary)
  4. Click Save

Publishing on Flickr
  1. Go to and create a new account
  2. Be sure to use your Gmail account when they ask for your email reference
  3. Once you have an account, login, click on the Groups link at the top of your page and select Find a Group.
  4. In the search box, type: ED421Winter11 or go to
  5. Click on the link to ED421Winter11 - *whatever section you're in*
  6. Next to Group Pool, it will say Only Members can add to the pool. Click the Join? Link
  7. Your name will appear in the group. Only the Administrator can see it. I will approve you within one day.
  8. You may publish your collage.
  9. Note: Add your login information to your Login Chart. You should now have a login and password for both Gmail and Yahoo.

Upload your Photo Montage to flickr
  1. Log in to your flickr account
  2. Click on Upload photos to flickr
  3. On the page that opens, click Upload Photos & Video
  4. On the next page, click on Choose photos and videos
  5. Locate your photo Collage (be sure to choose the one with the .jpg extension) and click Select
  6. Under Set Privacy, Select Private, and Visible to Friends
  7. Click Upload Photos and Videos
  8. Click add a description
  9. Give your picture a Title
  10. Under Description, tell us what part of the picture is scanned, what is from the Internet, and what is taken with a camera. Also, add the citation information from your Flickr photo (photo name, URL)
  11. Add tags if desired (keywords to search by)
  12. Click Save
  13. From the Groups menu (at the top of the page) select Your Groups
  14. Next to Group Pool, select Add Photos
  15. This will open your Photostream. Click on your photo montage.
  16. Click Add to Group
  17. When you return to the ED421 winter homepage, your photo should now be visible

Comment on your classmates montages
  1. You should now be able to see the montages made by all of your classmates.
  2. Please make comments on five (5) montages: What do you like? What might improve the montage? Does this look realistic? Could you be fooled?
  3. Try to be the first person to comment on one picture.
  4. When you make your last comment, try to find a picture that still needs a 5th comment.
  5. Review the comments that classmates have made on your picture.