ERIC Number: EJ711911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Technology: Digital Photography in an Inner-City Fifth Grade, Part 1
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n8 p567 Apr 2005
Research tells us we can learn complex tasks most easily if they are taught in "small sequential steps." This column is about the small sequential steps that unlocked the powers of digital photography, of portraiture, and of student creativity. The strategies and ideas described in this article came as a result of working with fifth-grade students in an inner-city elementary school. The children and the cooperating teachers contributed greatly to the conceptual development of a program that would combine digital technology with the fragile human skills of perception and interpretation. Photography is a powerful metaphor for understanding how events are perceived and how our perceptions and those of other people can differ in a number of very small, but very significant ways. In this column, the author would like to share some of the strategies employed in breaking down the techno-barriers surrounding digital photography and artistic portraiture for children. In short, he would like to tell the tale of how "technology was tamed so that creativity could reign."
Descriptors: Art Education, Photography, Grade 5, Urban Schools, Portraiture, Visual Perception, Electronic Equipment, Teaching Methods, Creativity, Teaching Methods
Phi Delta Kappa International, Inc., 408 N. Union St., P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789. Web site: http://www.pdkintl.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Identifiers - Location: Florida