Digital Photography
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Digital cameras are excellent tools for enhancing the math classroom. They can provide authentic experiences, problem solving and skills that can be transferred into other learning areas. Read the ideas in the list below. Grab a camera (or download from Google images due to limited photography options) and create an example of a maths concept integrating digital photography to use as a teaching tool with your class or create an activity for them using digital photography. Use the list below to get your ideas going. Can you add anymore?

Take some time to plan the integration of digital cameras into your numeracy programme. Maybe you could set up a planning template for the children to plan the photos they could take. Maybe you could set up a template to get the children started in Kid Pix or Comic Life......

  • Recording Growth: Take photos to document growth (children, plants, caterpillars, frogs etc). Use the photos to create graphs.

  • Self Portraits: Black and white headshots of the children. Cut the printed photo exactly down the middle. Glue one half of their face onto paper. Children have to plot the measurements of their features i.e. inside of eye is 8mm from the centre of my face and 22mm wide, therefore I will have to plot 8mm from centre line of the other side of my face and ensure correct measurement for eye. Children plot and draw all features. An excellent measurement activity.

  • Geometry Scavenger Hunt: Students are sent on a scavenger hunt around campus in search of images of geometric shapes which they will include in a booklet to help them understand their course vocabulary.

  • How do you measure up?: By photographing students as they are lined up in front of a brick wall or other surface which had horizontal line pattern to it you can create a scaled record to be used for many mathematics lessons.

  • Big Book of Counting: Children take photos in the classroom or in the school environment to record numbers they are learning i.e. 1-10, counting in 2s, counting in 5s, counting in 10s, factors of 10 etc..... this could produce a big book or a maths slideshow (Kid Pix, Picasa, iPhoto).

  • Relative position: Use the camera to show above, under, over. Also tilt or flip camera upside down to take pictures then ask where the camera was to get that picture.

  • Sequence/order: Create sequence stories that integrate literacy and numeracy.

  • Angles: Take pictures of angles in the classroom or outdoors. Example: take 5 pictures of acute angles. A collection of odd numbered things, objects that are parallel/perpendicular. etc