1. Melissa

    What a relevant post! And that last quote, in order to remain significant schools need to be willing to take risks and change when it benefits our students, comfortable or not! Sending this one to people on my staff! Thanks!

  2. John Downs

    I agree George. I think many are missing out on an untapped resource with so many iphones and other smart phones/cameras at our finger tips. I have become a better photographer just by looking around more often at the beauty that surrounds us and also with the inspiration of seeing a talk by Ken Shelton at NCTIES last year.

  3. Carina van Heyst

    This was very timely as I've recently been ruminating on my own participation in Instagram (@carinavh) and how this connects with teaching and learning and instructional leadership (I'd recently thought about starting a blog with this as the inaugural topic). Photography allows us to: think visually (even if we're not skilled with a pencil or paintbrush), make visual connections, "comment" on issues, communicate with others who don't speak the same language we do, celebrate beauty…. In a world so word-driven, it provides a different lens (pun intended) for understanding our surroundings. It provides our visual-spatial learners a way into learning through their preferred modality. As the tools to make great photos become affordable and easier to use, it's important that we figure out how to put them into our students' and teachers' hands. Lots to think about!! Thanks for a post that gives great food for thought.

  4. vickinewton

    Not so portable, but the inbuilt webcams in our computers make playing with images a favourite lunchtime activity at our school. The creativity and sheer fun of pulling faces & distorting images with friends is great to watch. I love the social interaction and laughter that this generates! Thanks for the post.

  5. CogDog

    Besides the impacts of the tools of photography changing (and thus changing the practice), the act of doing photography offers so much for being transformative- the barrier of entry is low, the impact is immediately seen, and it is something we can get better at simply by doing it more and more (and reflecting on what we are doing). The act of looking through a camera, of going from taking snap shots to pre-visualizing in our mind what our camera will see, practices like daily photo challenges have produced in many people new ways of seeing the world, their world.

    The publicness of photo sharing (flickr, instagram) is very key in my mind, the idea of learning in the open, having a community, often people we do not know closely but can come to, almost a sense of performance has some lessons for educators as well (I tried to make a few giant leaps of metaphors between the camera and learning http://cogdogblog.com/stuff/nv11)

    While I agree with the influence potential when technologies get better and cheaper, I am somewhat hesitant to pull a direct correlation to school- yes there are lessons to be learned about change and risk, but education is not an industry like photography, publishing, travel that can be undercut by doing it more efficiently or cheaply. The human factor is so much more complex here.

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