Digital images seem to have exploded into use by everyone, leveling playing fields everywhere. Television stations and networks broadcast storm photos sent in by viewers. Recent political unrest in Iran was exposed on the airwaves via images sent using personal technology devices because the country had blocked outgoing news broadcasts.
These days, many schools have embarked on digital storytelling projects for a variety of reasons, including annual reports or field trip slide shows. I’ve recently seen some wonderful videos on YouTube.
On the other side of the coin, while working on this article, I found a website featuring videos of angry high school teachers. The images had been shot secretly by students with cell phones.
Looking at the world around us, it seems clear that digital photography and video are here to stay—and they should be used in K–12 education.
Equipment prices have dropped significantly; cameras and other digital devices can be placed in students’ hands without concern. Most schools can afford some technology for a digital photography program. In addition, more and more software programs and websites are providing tools and services to encourage the process.
The enormous amount of available equipment and software makes it impossible to discuss the entire field of digital photography. This article will take a look at some of the possibilities for the classroom and media center.
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