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Kodak was issued a film patent on October 14, 1884.
|Grades||1 – 8|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
On October 14, 1884, George Eastman received his patent for photographic film. This led the way for the production of the first small hand-held box camera, bringing photography out of the exclusive realm of the professional photographer. Today, the possibilities for bringing photography into the classroom are nearly boundless.
Explore photography and digital imaging to discover new ways of combining visual and textual composition to enhance every area of the curriculum. Create a scrapbook that includes photographs, video clips, audio clips, and student work. First, choose a format based on your available resources. Examples include PowerPoint presentations, websites, videotapes, or booklets. Keep a camera/video equipment handy, and include some of these in your project:
- Students' favorite pieces of writing or artwork, including descriptive captions or commentary
- Videotapes of songs or skits
- Students' descriptions of what they are learning, via a video or audio interview or in writing
- Photomontages of units studied
Work on your scrapbook throughout the year, and then present it to parents at an end-of-year party!
- Kodak Film Patent Issued October 14, 1884
This U.S. Patent and Trademark Office press release describes how George Eastman's invention allowed for the mass production of cameras.
- Quick! Get the (Digital) Camera!
This article from Education World offers two dozen different classroom activities that make use of a digital camera.
- Tech Gadgets for Classroom Use
On this page of educational technologist Kathy Schrock's website, she provides links to resource pages specifically designed to enhance the use of cameras and other devices in the K–12 classroom.
- Using Basic Digital Cameras to Engage Reluctant Writers
This lesson plan from Scholastic is designed for grades 6–12.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students reflect on their school year, creating a digital scrapbook consisting of images and text to present to their school community.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students will be monkeying around in this lesson when they create a digital class book in which they imagine what Curious George would do if he visited their school.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make textselfworld connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students use their communication and writing skills as they interview a partner, write an article about them, and create a multimodal presentation to introduce their partner to the class.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students capture scraps of information from a variety of Web resources and use them to create an electronic scrapbook. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and citing resources.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Make the most of your students' diverse ability levels and experience with a prewriting activity in which they describe an abstract idea using blogging and photographs that they have taken.