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iPhone Photography for Teachers

Although there seem to be a zillion iPhone photography Apps (with the number growing everyday) there's still one App that I think teachers can use on a daily basis...the Camera. As one who spent 28 years as a classroom teacher and an additional 6 as a teacher trainer, I know how handy a camera can be. Since the iPhone is with you all the time, it becomes even more important as a camera. Here are a four things I'd do if I were still in the classroom...with my iPhone and Camera.

1. The first thing I'd do is send out a notice at the beginning of the year explaining that I'd like to take pictures of the students and might put the pictures up on the bulletin boards. I'd also suggest that I would be using them online, on the class Web site. I'd put them online only with parental permission and without the student's name.

2. I'd use pictures I take of my dogs, garden, etc. and use them as potential motivations for writing assignments (i.e. what do you think the dog is thinking about?)

3. I'd record activities during the year and use them in a weekly/monthly class newsletter.

4. I would NEVER use them to show a parent what a child did wrong. iPhones are only meant as a positive, not as part of classroom discipline.

How do you use an iPhone in your classroom?

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Joel Heffner is a writer and speaker. He has been writing about photography for about thirty years, ever since his book Amphoto Guide to Wedding Photography was published. Today, he mainly uses two types of cameras, pinhole cameras and an iPhone, a photographic odd couple of sorts.