Teaching Children Digital Photography

Author: JC at CFK
Lesson Plan:



Thank you ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT and the 2nd and 5th grade classes at San Gabriel Elementary for trying out this lesson plan. The following lesson plan take approximately 30

minutes to run with a classroom of 30 children or so. This does not include setup, preparation, or cleanup. The plan was designed toteach kids about digital photography without having to supply digitalcameras. It focuses on basic camera functions and operations. Thelesson does not require prior computer knowledge and only coversusing the camera. Teachers will have to print out a few images andother materials needed to teach this class. Don't worry, some of the

supplies to teach this class will be downloadable at the bottom of thisarticle. The actual camera knowledge is all in the CAMERAS FOR

KIDS BOOK and is already in easy to understand language.

SETTING UP THE CLASSROOM is simple, but it's probably best ifyou plan the lesson to be right after a recess so that you have plentyof time. The materials are outlined in the downloadable lesson plan at the bottom of the article.

Tape some large format images on the wall behind you. (7 to 10 photos recommended) Large format being11"x 17" prints or larger. if you do not have access to a large formatprinter, 8.5"x 11" will suffice.

Bring the lesson plan which is available from this site. It's in bulletform to make teaching the class a simple play by play system. Theplan is two 8.5"x 11" pages and can be laminated into a simple two

sided card that you hold throughout the lesson.

Have 3 large poster boards with samples of the camera functionsand operations. Check out the sample posters below. Notice howeach poster has 3 topics highlighted in red at the top. POSTER 1

has CAMERA FUNTIONS, CAMERAS PRESETS, AND CAMERASELECTION, POSTER 2 has LANDSCAPE, MACRO, AND NIGHTMODE. POSTER 3 has PORTRAIT, SPORTS MODE, AND NOW WHAT? The 'now what?' section of the poster can be crafts or otherinformation you'd like to add to the class. These poster board  sections can be color copied right out of the book and pasted ontothe poster boards. the color images of the functions and presets seemto help kids grasp the concepts of all those buttons and knobs.



On the first poster you'll see CAMERA FUNTIONS and CAMERA

PRESETS. Creating COLOR HANDOUTS of these is a really good

idea. The pages are in the book and all you have to do is make color

copies to give to the kids. These are the fundamental basis of a

basic digital photography class. It's nice for kids to be able to take

these concepts home and play with them while it's fresh in their minds.

CERTIFICATES: Nothing says gratification like a certificate of

completion. The certificates can be taken home for parents to hang up

or for the kids to keep. Either way, the sense of accomplishment

is nice and it's a great way to remind kids to practice. There's another

reason for the certificates, too. The certificates get the parents more

involved in what's going on with their children's education. Parents

will often warm up to the idea and encourage their kids to keep

practicing. The certificates are optional, but if you'd like to use them

and don't have the time to create them. They can be downloaded at

bottom of this article. Both the handouts and the certificate are good

for creating open dialog between kids and parents.

SETUP CHECKLIST: Let's go over this list. 1 Lesson plan, 7 to 10

large format images, tape (preferably masking tape), 3 large posters,

2 color handouts (for each child), and 1 certifcate of completion (for

each child). The plan was written to eliminate the need to bring in

a camera and/or computer. This eliminates costs and keeps the

flow of the lesson pretty seamless. Most of these materials can be

color copied out of the book or downloaded off this site. Preparation

should be pretty simple.


TEACHING THE CLASS is pretty straight forward. Just follow the

lesson plan which is written in bullet form and try to keep the kids

engaged in the conversation. Throwing in extra information about

about some of you photos is a bonus. Facts about animals, nature

or science are always fun. Doing the class right after a recess or

lunch is helpful. You can set up the class during the break.







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