Digital cameras are a terrific tool for teachers. We use them to create classroom materials, to record special moments, and to communicate with parents. Unlike film cameras, there is little expense beyond the camera itself, and images can be available for use within minutes. Images can be stored as long as needed.
This is the first time I've had access to a large photo file of student art when it was time to write semester progress reports. Without the physical space to store portfolios, it can be tricky recalling a student's success on various projects. To young children it's important to be able to take their art home to their parents. This time I've been able to store the images without storing the art. We use a scanner to record some artworks. Many are too large, or are three-dimensional, so the camera is better.
Progress reports still take time, but I like having this new tool to improve them.
© 2008 Nancy L. Ruder