We have had so many changes in the last few weeks in our world. Most of us are now living under “stay at home” orders and sequestered to our homes in almost all cases. Many of us are now very aware of maintaining social distance from others and washing our hands often. Much like our “new” normal, we have a “new” normal in education.
In just a few weeks, we have seen education move from the classroom to a new stage – the home. Parents are now serving as home school teachers and classroom teachers are serving as instructional designers. As our teacher plan instructional cycles and design lessons, there seems to be one tool that many are using but, perhaps, it is not getting the recognition that it needs. We often take this tool as granted and overlooks its multiple uses. My guess is that almost all students with a device have either used or benefitted from this tool without realizing its importance. It is the camera that almost everyone has on their device. In my district, our K-8 students have an iPad with a camera and our high school students have a macbook air with a camera. It is these cameras that are working so incredibly hard these days with many of our apps.
Here is just a few ways that cameras have benefited me in the last few days.
The ubiquitous camera is a tool that is often not given the credit that is due. It has and will continue to serve many purposes in education and creation. Coupled with various apps, it can totally transform students from mere consumers to creators. So, the next time you use your camera, think about how amazing this tool is and how much more we could be doing with it.
The ideas shared here are my own and do not necessarily represent my employers, associations, or organizations. These thoughts are entirely my own.