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Mrs. Gill from Colorado Springs CO is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Photography and Newspaper Class Exploring Photojournalism

Help me give my students the resources to tell stories and create history through photojournalism.

  • $790 goal

This project expired on January 27, 2019.

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My Students

I know that every teacher says they have special kids and that their kids are full of potential. And, I have no doubt that is true, but these kids really are so optimistic about their lives and futures, despite their often less than ideal situations. They want to work, and they work hard.

These kids see things through a different lens.

They have been in low places, seen things they shouldn't, and felt hurt and happiness in a totally different way than most other teens. They work because they have to, and they work hard because they want to be great. The potential in these kids is unprecedented because they truly want it. They all come in with a huge desire to be successful and they will work for it 1000 times harder than anyone else, with smiles on their faces.

My Project

Just as important as writing and being clear about intended audience, interviews, and reporting real news, are the images and personal stories that they tell. I am teaching my students to tell the stories without words.

To be prepared in any circumstance- drop what they are doing, and take an incredible image that could contribute to history.

To begin this unit, we did photo-analyses of 9/11 and talked about how this impacted history as they know it to be. We discussed how the images didn't need captions or lines to tell the story because we can clearly depict the story from the image. Though I hope to never see a student's photojournalistic work after a horrible tragedy, I hope to give them the knowledge to contribute to the world in such a beautiful and effortless way.

By giving them the resources to take images in any circumstance- a reflector for light, a ring light for studio shots, and SD cards for their cameras will ensure they are ready. The printer is to give them motivation to keep going- printing their best work and giving the school opportunities to tell stories through the use of student images.

Mrs. Gill
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 140 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Canon - PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Photo Printer - Black • Best Buy Education $267.33 1 $267.33
Neewer Camera Photo Video Lighting Kit: 18 inches/48 Centimeters Outer 55W 5500K Dimmable LED Ring Light, Light Stand, Bluetooth Receiver for Smartphone, YouTube, Vine Self-Portrait Video Shooting • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
YONGNUO YN35mm F2 Lens 1:2 AF/MF Wide-Angle Fixed/Prime Auto Focus Lens for Canon EF Mount EOS Camera • Amazon Business $86.69 1 $86.69
SanDisk Ultra 16GB (10 Pack) Class 10 SDHC Genuine Flash Memory Card 80MB/s (SDSDUNC-016G-GN6IN) with Everything But Stromboli Card Reader • Amazon Business $73.45 1 $73.45
Canon Luster Photo Paper Letter, 50 Sheets (LU-101 LTR) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Selens 5-in-1 43 Inch (110cm) Portable Handle Round Reflector Collapsible Multi Disc with Carrying Case for Photography Photo Studio Lighting & Outdoor Lighting • Amazon Business $19.94 1 $19.94
Photography Prism with Cleaning Pouch - Best Crystal Glass Triangular Prism for Photos and Teaching Light Spectrum - Portable 6 Inch Optical Rainbow Prism • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99

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