iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting

Why I love the camera on my iPad…….and you should too.

The more I work with students of all ages and iPads the more I reflect on just how useful the camera is as a tool for student learning. Believe it or not there is even a name for it – iPadography, the art of taking photos with an iPad.

Students can document and reflect on learning either with single photos or by combining them into photo collages, works of art or by linking photos with words to build compelling messages.

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 4.38.04 amWhile the camera is simple for students of any age to use it is definitely not a blunt instrument as these two images show. Check out this Telagami for everything you always wanted to know about the iPad Camera.

The iPad is great for just snapping a quick image but if our students want to share important messages, create a stunning work of art or just do that little bit extra, then maybe we should encourage them to think a bit deeper about their photos.

Questions like:

  • What is the story or message I want my story to tell?
  • Can I make my photo better?
  • Would another angle or focus tell my story better?
  • Should I crop or frame my picture to give it more impact?
  • Does my picture have focal point?

Encourage students to take multiple images from different angles, change the focus or frame it with an object in the picture.

Taking great photos isn’t necessarily the end of the possibilities with an iPad. Students can unleash their creativity by framing their photos apps like with  Frame Magic (.99) and  InstaFrame. Editing and adding special effects is easy with Photogene (2.99)  or Photo Toaster (2.99) and students can turn their photo into a painting with Photopaint($1.99). Carefully taken images can quickly be turned into collages with Pic Collage or Turbo Collage while Phoster ($1.99) makes it easy to create professional looking posters.

clancyStudents can even turn a photo into text with aTypoPicture. Maybe have students chose a stanza in a poem that they feel best depicts the message of the author like this example from “The Man from Snowy River” inserted into an image of Banjo Paterson.

Apps can enhance images but nothing works as well as starting with a great image designed to achieve a carefully chosen goal.

 

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