A Picture Paints Many Words
A Photo Literacy Project
Technolgy is an integral part of education in schools today. As part of a leadership assignment, prospective students incorporated technology to address specific instructional/educational issues that schools face. The project quantitatively evaluates the success of the project implementation, includes all stakeholders, provides clear, sequential professional development and measurable goals and objectives to reach the project's mission. The following text illustrates part of the plan created.
I would like to increase the number of students meeting technology and English Language Arts benchmarks by focusing on implementing technologies that provide a high quality, dynamic learning environment. This use of technology will allow all learners to achieve their highest potential through the integrated use of technology and the writing process. Digital photography and supplemental technology will serve as a vehicle to promote student creativity and increased interest and engagement through the reading and writing process. Students and teachers will be able to access, process, evaluate, and communicate information through means of technology.
Rosemarie Ann Siragusa has the technologies capable of handling digital imaging and video editing. The project will propose to integrate digital photography across the curriculum, and use it to teach students to communicate ideas and information through, writing, documenting, publishing, presenting, and photo editing.
Goals and Objectives:
- Improve student academic achievement in English Language Arts through the appropriate use of technology.
1.1. Provide students with instruction in the use of creative, productive technological tools such as digital cameras and software such as Microsoft Photo Story.
1.2 Provide students with the use of technological communication tools.
1.3 Instruct students on how to use photo-editing software
1.4 Provide students with opportunities to authentically demonstrate and assess their learning using tools of technology
1.5 Apply techniques and strategies learned during professional development sessions to help implement significant, relevant, and engaging digital technology projects.
2.1 Teachers will collaborate with each other and involve students in technology projects in a meaningful way.
2.2 In order to enhance the impact of technology on student performance, all educators will improve mastery and integration of educational technology.
2.3 Provide training for instructional staff in use of these tools as teaching strategies for the delivery of curriculum and assessment of student achievement.
2.4 Provide ongoing staff development for employees.
2.5 Teachers will learn new technology applications to enhance digital photography creativity in the classroom.
2.6 Establish and maintain technology coordinators to support the instructional staff with the implementation of digital photography projects.
3.1 Ensure students and teachers have access to digital cameras and memory cards.
3.2 Maintain and upgrade computers and applications as needed.
3.3 Ensure students and teachers have signed privacy waivers for publishing photographs.
Who are the primary stakeholders for this project? Are there secondary stakeholders? Please be as specific as possible.
The direct target audience for this project is as follows:
- Students-to improve language proficiency, technological, and creative writing skills. Students will participate in the photo literacy project as a way to communicate their ideas and information through, writing, documenting, publishing, presenting, and photo editing.
- Teachers-to improve multimedia instructional skills and usage. Teachers will also be responsible for implementing class photo literacy projects across the curriculum, and use it to teach students to communicate ideas and information through, writing, documenting, publishing, presenting, and photo editing.
- Administrators- to improve school-wide academic achievement in reading and writing and to improve digital literacy skills amongst staff and students. Administrators will also review and implement technology plans, plan for professional development and ensure equitable access of resources for teachers and students.
The indirect target audience is:
- Parents-expected to sign and return media and privacy release forms for students and ensure appropriate camera usage at home if applicable.
What specific problem does this technology project address? Please include concrete, tangible examples.
According to the 2007 and 2008 Annual New York State Report Cards, the data illustrates that there is a need to improve English Language Arts (ELA) scores in comparison to the other performance disciplines measured on the NYS Report Card, Mathematics and Science. Currently, the school’s percentage of students attaining a Level 3 or higher is in the lower eightieth percentile across the three grades, 3-5, whereas Mathematics and Science performance results are in the ninetieth percentiles. Therefore, as an attempt to minimize the gap between ELA and Mathematics and Science performance results, I am proposing to implement a digital photography project that will support learners in the creative writing processes. Students will also have school access in a Microsoft software program, Photo Story, which will assist with language skills as they narrate their digital creative writing.
With a significant amount of Limited English Proficient students (27%) and economically disadvantaged students (61%), English as a Second Language is predominant in the school. Therefore, digital photography will serve as a catalyst to improve language skills and provides an opportunity for the economically disadvantaged to acquire technological skills needed to thrive in a global society.
Additionally, the school was recently awarded within the past two years with a Challenge Grant, which provided one digital camera per teacher per class. After careful review and informal observations, teachers are primarily using the cameras to document children working on projects and assignments and subsequently using the photos to decorate and illustrate bulletin boards. While, it is attractive to use the digital cameras for this purpose, using the cameras to enhance instruction and the teaching and learning will serve a much more useful, authentic and beneficial purpose to both teachers and students.
Are there any logistical considerations (e.g. timing, location) that you need to consider for this project?
The following is a bulleted list of logistical considerations when implement this project:
- Should be implemented at the start if the year since this will be a comprehensive project
- Distribution of cameras, keeping inventory of cameras
- In order to implement this project, it is essential to keep in mind that both teachers and students may not be proficient in digital age literacy skills. Therefore, several training sessions must be implemented for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners.
- Another concern/issue to consider is damage to the camera. Digital cameras are still rather expensive, and the students and teachers MUST be taught proper handling and safety rules when using the camera. Do training with students/teachers to ensure that they understand how to handle the camera.
- Motivation/energy of staff and students may be another logistical issue.
- Taking appropriate photographs is another concern. With the ease of taking photos with a digital camera one must consider the ease to take nonsensical/inappropriate snapshots as well. Therefore, essential agreements must be created prior to the use of the digital camera so that the photographers are aware what might be considered a nonsense or inappropriate photograph. Staff members must be allocated to review photographs on an ongoing basis.
- Next, we must consider privacy when publishing photographs. To ensure privacy, all digital camera users will complete a media release form.
- Lastly, printing of pictures is another logistical consideration. Students may wish to print all their snapshots/photographs. In this case, there may not be enough ink or photo paper to develop these shots. Thus, teachers must teach students that printing can be rather expensive and as a result, students should be choosy of which ones they wish to print.
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