1. Although I found a lot of interesting information in this article, I think there's a lot to be said for students to have skills with digital cameras. In my opinion digital cameras have put hands on photography a lot more accessible to kids. With the right software kids would be able to manipulate pictures in new ways, along with traditional hands on effects. Digital cameras are a great way for a non-technical student to get their "feet wet" and get out in the community as well.
2. If I were to use digital cameras in the classroom I would have them create a visual scavenger hunt. It would be a really fun project in a city like Duluth given the diversity of the land, if each student were to take a handful of pictures within their community. Students could guess where the pictures were taken, and as a final group project a large scale map could be produced. This map could show the differences from East and West Duluth, those that like in town and also students that live in a rural setting.
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I chose to use a piece of Louis Wain's, which depicts two kittens playing with dolls. As my video progresses the images gain pieces of a realistic orange cat. Unfortunately Wain developed Schizophrenia over the years which affected his work. The message that I'm trying to send with my piece is the surprising and obvious differences between what he perceived to be real, and what is reality. When his orange cat closes his eyes, he transforms into a realistic creature. The last slide reviles a shocked cat that doesn't fully understand how the illness of Schizophrenia has progressed. Artwork can make a huge mental impact on the artist as well as the viewer to understand reality.
DIGI (cation) & Google
I stumbled upon a digital media tool called "Digication". This e-portfolio is similar to a blog. Digication is combined with Google to create an interactive learning space with students and the instructor. This website can also provide an outlet for an individuals by uploading audio, video, photography and inspired content to their virtual sketchbook. Group discussions, projects, and goals can be produced on the site as well.
What I find neat about Digication is that there is a feature where students can compare each other's work through the data uploaded online. Depending on the privacy settings, these images can be made public or just stay within the class. There is a personal, classroom, school & district, and an assessment package, which makes comparing and commenting on work a breeze. Unfortunately this program has a fee of $35 a year for instructors, and $19 a year for students. I still believe that this is a valuable tool that may get students looking at one another's work in a more constructive way.
As a student, if I were to have this resource in class I would be thrilled. If there was a new way for me to participate in critique I would be interested to get that feedback. More often than not I feel like when I participate in a critique, in class, I don't always get the amount of feedback I'm looking for. A pattern common in online classes is that there's a wall that's broken down, and students are more upfront with their opinions.