This is the first, of a series of posts, on approaches to capturing learning both in and out of the classroom.

The post focuses on capturing learning using images (a photograph or scan for example).

If you have any examples, please forward them on to Danny or Toby.

Image: What it is?

  • They say a picture tells a thousand words…whether or not you believe it or not, the ability to capture students learning visually is a real time saver. Whether the work is captured using a camera (suitable for one off pieces of work) or a scanner (longer pieces of work), the ability to share this learning with others cannot be underestimated.

Image: How to do it

  • Your phone. Most mobile phones now have a camera on board so why not take a picture of a top quality piece of homework to share with the class next lesson
  • IPods / Ipads-  using the camera app take a picture of the work. Book out the iPads or iPods and, after taking the picture, plug in the device to the PC. It will show up like an external USB drive.
  • These images can then be uploaded and stored in Dropbox. Students can be  invited to the folder containing the images from which they can download.
  • Images can also be saved to Q drive
  • Upload the images to the VLE and make a photo gallery of top pieces of work

Image: Things to remember

  • Ensure that students know it is their responsibility to download the images from Dropbox onto their own computers.
  • Make sure the image is in focus…there’s nothing worse (a bit like in the 1980’s!) of taking a photo and believing it to be in focus and not blurred. On digital cameras, you’re able to preview the shot. If it’s not in focus, retake!
  • Only take images of the work the student has produced and not of the student themselves
  • For your first few attempts, trial it at home and taking pictures of exercise books. Later on (as you become more proficient and quicker) move this in to the classroom

Image: Further links

Image: Possible uses

  • Before the lesson. Use an image taken of work produced the previous lesson as a starter or thunk.
  • During the lesson. Images of students work can be displayed as exemplars of good practise and shared with the whole group.
  • After the lesson. Students can use the images a s a record of the work done.
  • Photograph the top piece of work from each homework. Display it on the board. Ask the class why you thought it was the best piece of work
  • After taking an image, get them printed out at displayed around the department or classroom
  • Make a display of top homeworks for the term