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THE IMPORTANCE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILM

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY ARE SKILLS THAT ADD VALUE TO LEARNING AND THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

My skills as a professional photographer are an important set of additional skills that are useful and helpful in the classroom. There are a few reasons why I believe this:

 

Firstly, photographs are a great way to connect parents to what is happening in the classroom.

When these images are shared via platforms like SeeSaw or Google Classroom, parents are able to see something of what is going on in the classroom, and are able to ask better questions at home.

Secondly, photographs make the process of reflection tangible for students.

For example, photographing a celebration of learning and then the next day printing out the photographs of parents and their children interacting with each other, and asking students to reflect on what they’re seeing is one of the most powerful activities.

Thirdly, evidencing learning is critical in the inquiry classroom

It allows for learning engagements to be tailored to students needs, to help meet them where they are on their learning journey.

Fourthly, and photographs are moments frozen in time.

Children grow so fast, and there are few parents that don’t treasure photographs of their children. Sharing my photographs with parents is something I enjoy immensely. In previous years I have made little class years books, with a double page spread for each month of the school year, and have also made the thousands of photographs and in class video available for parents to download via Google Drive.

 

In every school I have worked in, my photographs have been valued.

by parents, by leadership and by the school community. This has been another medium that I’ve been able to connect with parents over. It should be noted however, I have immensely strong views about privacy and children’s image rights, which is a key reason why this webpage is unlisted and is not searchable. Children images should not appear in social media platforms. Any other stance than this is uninformed. The images posted here are with parents and children’s permission.

 

 

 

 

 

THE ARGUMENT FOR GOOD VIDEO CONTENT

I have found that over my years as a teacher, there is a growing need in schools to be able to produce good video content, as video is a much more powerful format than photos. Anyone who has watched videos of a loved one that has passed on can testify to this. Furthermore, the nature of the internet and digital content creation has changed: I have helped create everything from marketing videos, promo videos of school sports events, Covid-19 protocol and information videos to documenting learning engagements and IB Regional Workshops. Below are some examples from my career in education where my skills with the camera have been useful.

WHO WE ARE | PROVOCATION

As part of our Who We Are Unit of Inquiry, we took the 3rd graders on a hike. The central inquiry of the unit centered on how we react to challenges, and what we learn about ourselves as a result of them. This was filmed and used to aid the reflection after completing our provocation hike.

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DOCUMENTING STUDENT AGENCY

Student action is a key part of the IB Primary Years Program, and is the necessary culmination of learning. This was part of a project where I was asked to document student agency as it occurred across the school. While the project was mostly left at the wayside, this was a sample video created for the principal, at his request.

ADVERT | INTERNATIONAL CHEONG-SHIM HOPE SCHOOL

While the school changed it's name two years later, I was tasked with creating a video to display some of the work we did with the students in Paju. It was for a PR campaign, and is a very early example of my work.

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