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Documenting & Enhancing Learning with a Digital Camera
The cost of a Canon Powershot SD200 Digital Camera for this proposal is $473, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
At my projects-and-arts-based charter school, my fifth graders are involved in many projects, such as mosaic-making, science fair, a slavery simulation, and research projects, all of which have a visual aspect which are an essential part of student learning. As a teacher at a Reggio-Emilia influenced school, documenting student learning and presenting their reflections in their own words is an important part of their learning process. As children participate in the documentation (finished projects, works-in progress, written narration, photographs, and artwork presented in the classroom and in the halls) they see the arc of their own learning and reflect on their struggle and growth. They learn to talk and write about their learning, which helps them to leap forward, to synthesize, and think globally. Nothing is better than seeing a child's pride and excitement looking at an image of themselves as they learn. With a digital camera for the exclusive use of my classroom, and the software to install it on the computer, this process will be enhanced.
We will have access to the camera all the time, to document learning as it emerges. The school at large will also be able to participate in our learning, as the documentation will be presented for them as well, and will contribute to a sense of collaboration and community involvement. 24 children will benefit from having a digital camera available in the classroom. We will use it to document four projects now in progress: mosaic-making, science fair, a slavery simulation, and individualized research projects.
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