Fun with Photos (Years 3-4)

So your students have taken a bunch of photos, what now? We will look at the skills to teach for both taking and manipulating photos. Specifically linking these to understanding Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes Progress Outcome 1.

Fun with Photos

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Text on screen: Kia Takatu a-Matihiko Digital Readiness - Fun with photos

(Slideshow presentation begins on screen and is scrolled through by facilitator Nicki Tempero)

Kia ora and welcome to the overview of our webinar Fun with Photos.

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I’m Nicki Tempero, I am an accredited facilitator with CORE Education and I'm one of the many facilitators on the Kia Takaktū a-Matihiko readiness project.

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The learning outcomes for the session are:

developing skills for taking and manipulating photos identifying skills concepts and teachable moments with in Progress Outcome 1 for designing developing digital outcomes

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As well as the webinar information we also have Pīkau or tool kits for you to go to, to increase your knowledge and understanding. The three Pīkau that we suggest that support this are:

  • Pīkau 3 - What is designing and developing digital outcomes?
  • Pīkau 11 - Digital outcomes - Getting started with progress outcome 1
  • Pīkau 13 - Creating digital outcomes using digital images and photography.

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You'll also find other resources and ideas in Ngā Kiriahi. A place where you can ask and answer questions through a community of practice which is open for all teachers to be in sharing ideas and getting support from everybody else.

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Progress Outcome 1 for Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes. This comes in from when the student starts school right through to the middle, to nearer the end of level 2. We're looking at an authentic context and taking into account the end-user, so who is going to be going to be using this product at the end. Most of this is going to be teacher-led and looking at manipulating, storage, retrieving and sharing any photos, videos or anything that you're creating. Also looking at what is the best device to use and where you are going to store content and where it can be retrieved later.

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Some of the conversations that you'll be able to have with your students are:

  • What is the device you have chosen and why? Is it sensible to be taking photos around the school with a Chromebook? You might find that an iPad or a phone is the better choice?
  • What have you named your file? If you are naming all your photos ‘My photo’ then it is going to be very hard to retrieve and upload into other tools. Do you need to develop naming conventions?
  • Where is your file saved? Is the file open for others to retrieve and to look at?
  • Who else could be possibly using it?

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How does photography and manipulating photos fit into designing and developing digital outcomes?

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Here we have broken it down into looking at:

  • the end users
  • storage, retrieving and sharing
  • social and ethics
  • taking photos.

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This is a small snapshot of some of the information that we have developed with teachers.

For social and ethics have you asked people's permission before you take their photo? Do you have permission to share photos on social media or in Book Creator?

Just generally taking photos, do you know how to take a good photo? Is the sun in the right position?

For your storage and retrieving, is it easily accessible? Do you delete unwanted photos as you go?

For the end users, it may be their reading ability. Who's going to see it? Does the type of photo you take change with different audiences?

These are some of the points that you can be discussing with teachers but also as you are taking photos and anything with design and developing digital outcomes with your students. These are important conversations to have.

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This activity that we have run is looking at different types of photos rather than the students just grabbing the iPad and taking random photos and getting lots of fingers in the shot or being blurry. So actually specifically teaching how to take for example is a low angle shot so a worm view. Each of these links as well as some QR codes that come later will give you a few tips and tricks and some examples of each type of photo.

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A possible workflow with the activity that we've created is taking the QR codes, spreading them around the school and then collaboratively groups of students going, reading the QR code and then taking specific photos from what it says. Then uploading the photos into, for example Book Creator or Google slides or any type of tool that you're using.

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The following slides are the work through of how to run the activity.

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So once you have taken the photos the next stage is having a look at how you can manipulate them.

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The following are some tools that we have successfully used with students from five and right up with manipulating and adding to photos. For example, Snapseed - you can add text to it, you can change the perspective, you can zoom into different parts of the photo and crop them.

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There is also Book Creator, adding borders, backgrounds and speech bubbles.

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Pic Collage is a nice little tool that can be used on many types of devices. You can add layouts, backgrounds, animation, stickers.

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Even just manipulating on your phone as well.

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Remove image background is a nice little tool for taking photos and manipulating the backgrounds and changing faces on people as well.

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We’ve also added in here free to use images and symbols. Although we are encouraging students to take photos we know that's not always possible so Unsplash, Pixabay and The Noun Project are three sites that we use a lot. All images on there are free to use and manipulate. It's important that students realise that just taking a photo off Google doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be free to use. Under Unsplash there are many different photos in there that you can use, you just need to credit the photographer. We challenge you to use these sites if you cannot take your own photos.

Thank you for listening to this recording. Please check back into the Pīkau for other ideas and information about Progress Outcomes as well as Ngā Kiriahi for more ideas and resources to support you and your students.

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Text on screen: Kia Takatu a-Matihiko Digital Readiness

How to use this resource

Once you’ve watched the video and explored the Google Slides, adapt it for your own learning context. Let us know what ideas you’ve come up with over on Ngā Kiriahi and find out from others how they’re teaching.

This resource is developed to support teaching from the Digital Technologies curriculum.