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Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography

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Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Janet Beyersdorfer

Arlington Heights, Illinois


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology



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  • One classroom computer with projection capability
  • Computers with Internet access that are equipped with a printer and word-processing and presentation software, such as AppleWorks, PowerPoint, or iMovie (and optional sound recording capability)
  • Network server or other file storage device with the capacity to hold large multimedia files

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Websites: General Information

Websites: Nature Images

Websites: Historical Images

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1. Check that the presentation software (PowerPoint, AppleWorks, or iMovie) is installed and operating correctly, and that students are familiar with the functions required to create a slide show with accompanying sound. If an application with a sound recording feature is not available, students can tape record the script and play it back or read the script aloud as the photos are displayed.

2. Schedule student access to the technology for Sessions 27. Arrange for a projection system for whole-class instruction and viewing. For the final session, arrange for the presentations to be electronically stored on the same device (e.g., external hard drive, server, or digital camera tape) for easy access and display.

3. Choose the focus for the presentation (such as an animal, a landform, or an historical event) and select a few appropriate websites from the Resources list.

4. Familiarize yourself with the navigation of the Kodak website (for general information about photography), a citation website (e.g., Citation Machine or WebTracks Tool), and the other sites you have chosen, and bookmark the sites on the computers students will be using (or create a webpage of links to those sites).

5. Establish and practice procedures for downloading photos, and for storing the image, text, and multimedia files. Saving them on a local drive rather than a server will probably make the saving process faster, but will not provide a backup, which most servers offer.

6. Select a process for forming the three-member collaborative groups: teacher selected, random choice (students draw a color or number from a hat), or student selected. Prepare the group lists (or prepare appropriate material for in-class selection of the groups).

7. Copy a set of the following handouts for each group: Topics for a Digital Reflection about Nature, Choices, Choices, Choices, Guidelines for Writing a Digital Reflection Script, and Checklist for the Digital Reflection Project. Also make a copy for each group of the Digital Reflection Rubric assessment document. Make a copy for each student of the Digital Reflection Review and the Reflection Statements assessment documents.

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