iPad Photography

This year my district is 1:1 with devices.  My 2nd graders each have an iPad to use in the classroom and take home for homework.

I always start my lessons with Digital Citizenship.  I use the K-12 Scope and Sequence from Common Sense Media.  These lessons are ongoing throughout the year and the kids love them.  They learn and internalize so much when you make digital citizenship a daily discourse.

After our first digital citizenship lesson, we began to explore the camera app on the iPad.  There is an excellent Brainpopjr video on taking photographs.

We learned how to select photo or video.  We learned how to pinch to zoom in and zoom out.  We learned why we might want to zoom in or zoom out for a photo.  We learned to make sure nothing is blocking the lens. (Like our fingers.)  We practiced taking selfies from different angles. (One of my sweet friends has 175 selfies all taken at the same time from different angles on his iPad.  I just had to laugh.)  We learned about framing our shots so that we get the image we want.  And most importantly, we learned to ask permission before taking a photo of another person.

I made this Hyperdoc so that we could practice some of our new skills.  Please feel free to use this.  You will have to make a copy in order to do so.

My students love taking photos, especially selfies.  I want them to learn, grow, and be responsible with their devices.  So far, we are off to a great start.