Taking Shots, Making Pictures!

by Michele Catania

Joseph Linaschke is a photographic storyteller and an educator. He’s been speaking to schools and educators in North America and Asia on integrating photography into their programs. Joseph’s message is the gift of photography has the power to make a difference. You don’t take a picture you make one!

Was Jospeh Linaschke teaching teachers to see this weekend at our school and how can we integrate it in our Middle school program, or are we already doing this?

ISB wants our kids to be effective learners, effective communicators, effective creators, and effective collaborators.

Looking at ISB Technology and Information Literacy Standards profile for Technology and Information Literate Students in our Middle School (grades 6–8, ages 11–14) we believe that students will become independent learners who read, view, listen and collaborate for pleasure, personal growth and to make connections with oneself and the world.

Our MS effective learners will be able to analyze images, audio and video communication to gain meaning from various contexts. (e.g. creating a Presentation Zen style presentation, digital storytelling)

Effective MS communicators present new ideas, understandings and information clearly and concisely, using effective design and layout. (e.g. use digital illustrations, sound, 3D representations, animations and video in non-linear and interactive genres-Presentation Zen).

Effective MS creators creatively represent ideas, information and/or thinking (e.g. create a digital story on their middle school trips using images and audio).

Effective collaborators effectively and consistently contribute ideas and products when collaborating with a group to complete a project, produce original works, and/or solve problems using a variety of media. (e.g. participates in group work, adds ideas and thoughts to a project).

All attending teachers, including myself (I totally lack the interest and have no patience to work with sophisticated photo cameras) felt enthused by Joseph’s creations and eventually by my own creations. I took made almost 200 pictures during the neighborhood walk guided by Joseph Linascke and learned how to look at things form a different angle. I agree with him that when you give students a camera to shoot pictures they will be focused if you hand them the tools and background knowledge and time to practice. Their MAKING of the images can be very purposeful in the attempt to make ISB TAIL Standards fit in with content learning and instruction happening in classrooms. Empower the teachers to empower their students.

One comment

  • December 2, 2010 - 5:43 am | Permalink


    I’m so pleased you enjoyed the time spent with me and found it worthwhile. As you find ways to integrate this into your classroom, please do feel free to share the results with me!

    All the best,
    -Joseph Linaschke

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