I am in the middle of teaching this unit to my 6th-8th grade students and have been thrilled to see the photos they have created. I just had to share!
I wanted to conduct this unit similar to my favorite reality TV shows (e.g. Top Chef, Face Off) where there are "challenges with a twist". This unit consists of five lessons. (Each lesson will have its individual blog post.)
The first lesson in this series is: Simply Me
I begin by asking students to respond to the following questions on a backchannel. (I personally like using TodaysMeet.)
Think About It:
- What is the purpose of photography?
- What were the earliest forms of photography?
Below are some of my favorite responses:
(Adapted from: Arts Online- Photography to Phoneography)
Through guided class discussions and practical application you will learn about values of others and develop your ability to:
- Express your values through generation, selection and refinement of visual imagery.
- Explore with empathy the values of others through reflection of selected images.
- Analyze values and how they are communicated through decisions made by photographers.
- Make ethical decisions about how they use cameras responsibly with respect for others.
- How has changing technology influenced photography, the style, purpose and impact of images?
- What protocols (rules) may early photographers considered before photographing people?
- How does technology affect the decisions photographers make: what and how they photograph their subject?
- What is the relationship between the photographer and the subject? How might changing technology have affected this?
- Is cell phone technology a threat to privacy?
- What protocols (rules) should digital and cell phone users consider today?
- How could recent technology impact on peoples personal rights including their privacy, safety and intellectual property? What are model release forms and when should they be used?
- What is the value (worth) of cell phone images?
- "Illuminating photography: From camera obscura to camera phone" by Eva Timothy
Challenge with a Twist: Simply Me
- Create an image or collage that best depicts you as a person.
Twist #1: you have to take/direct all the photos to be included in your final image/collage
Twist #2: you may not take a traditional "selfie"
- Using Google Docs, write a reflection explaining the process and choices made in the "Simply Me" image you created. (Title: Your Name + iPhoto Simply Me; example "Joyce Pereira iPhoto Simply Me")
(I googled "amazing self-portrait".)
This video was created using Animoto.
Song: "Life" by Beckah Shae