girl holding photoE-Photography to E-Scrapbooking:
Thinking, Test Scores, & Beyond

Use your digital cameras, computers, and real-world experiences to promote deep thinking and increase test scores too! In this online workshop, you’ll try out lots of practical ideas for creating powerful, time-saving assignments such as digital scrapbooks and photo journals that promote reading, writing, and content-area thinking. Learn strategies for using the tools you already have in new ways and have fun at the same time!


Photos from aquarium field trip

Rich, authentic experiences provide learners with scraps of information, insights, emotions, and understandings. Students can use digital cameras and computers to create meaningful projects that combine reading, writing, and thinking. These learning experiences can include hands-on exploration where students can take their own digital photographs, virtual field trips using existing materials, or fantasy adventures accessing stock photos.

You don't need special software, just new ways to think about thinking, scrapbooking, and technology.

Workshop Assignment 0
Before jumping into escrapbooking, let's try some ideas:
1 - Download Starter by right-clicking and choosing SAVE. Then open Powerpoint and open the document you downloaded. Select one of the photos and create a bubble caption. Write a longer story in the Speaker Notes.
2 - Adapt this idea. Locate a photo that represents a life changing event in your life. Or find a photo that represents a historical event you remember from your lifetime. Add key words using WordArt. Write your experience in the speaker notes.

Go to Introduction to Escrapbooking for background information and resources on escrapbooking.


Watch the world around you. Reflect on your experiences.

  • What are your needs and interests?
  • What do you want to tell the world or remember in the future?
  • What do you wonder about?
  • What are the essential question(s) that will be addressed on this project?

Workshop Assignment 1
Use one of the following photo collections to identify a photo that represents a place you can't take your students for a hands-on experience. Consider ways it could be used to generate questions or enthusiasm. Paste the photo into PowerPoint. Write directions in the speaker notes area.

General Images Websites
Flickr - thousands of photos shared by people
Google Images - searches the web for visuals
Pics4Learning - thousands of photographs by kids for kids
Teacher Tap: Visual Resources - links to visual resources
Teacher Tap: Public Domain, Copyright Free - links to visual resources
Textures - backgrounds

Specific Topics
Amphibian and Reptiles - great photos of creatures
Ayres Adventures - many places
CalPhotos - plant, animals, fossiles, people, landscapes
Library of Congress - use the search option
Microscopic - many science topics
NASA Photojournal - space, universe, technology, history, people
Nikon Small World - microscopic photographs
NOAA Photo Library - Oceans and Atmosphere
Picture History - photos through US history
TerraServer - satellite photos
USDA Historical Photos

Focus and Organization

Use ephotography and escrapbooking to help students express understandings. These projects can help students reflect on the "big ideas" that often get lost in information overload.

Project Focus

Go to Project Focus for examples.

Workshop Assignment 2
Explore the following project starters. Then,
• adapt the assignment to fit your needs
• modify the assignment to change the Project Focus
• create your own directions and assignment
• create your own project starter

Need Ideas?
Explore the following PowerPoint Project Starters:
Civilian Conservation Corps
Rock Art
Tarantula Scientist
Chasing Vermeer
Patterns in Nature

Thinking Focus

Go to Thinking Focus for examples.

Content/Standards Focus

Go to Content Focus for examples.


Go to Organization for examples.

Workshop Assignment 3
Choose a Project, Thinking, and Content Focus.

Need Ideas?
How can students demonstrate their competency through an authentic activity?
Key idea and details
Main idea and supporting evidence
Parts and wholes
Real-world math problems
Sequencing in all subjects

Take a series of 3-7 digital camera photos that can be used as a "project starter."

Technology Ideas and Issues

Explore ideas for hardware and software techniques.

Go to Creation Technology Tools, Technology Issues,Technology Techniques
Explore Web Resources Online Tools, Electronic Scrapbooking, Traditional Scrapbooking, Educational Scrapbooking

Like composing written work, students need to consider their subject.

Workshop Assignment 4
Shoot the same object many different ways. Paste the photos into PowerPoint. Use the speaker notes to explain how each shot conveys a different idea, perspective, factual information, emotion, or other insight.

Created 3/05. Updated 4/06.
For information, contact Annette Lamb.

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