Say "Cheeeeese!"

I have no idea what I’m writing about in this post. But I wanted to write anyway. After posting three times a week for two months I’ve been trying not to run out of ideas. I don’t think I have, but I seem to be running out of time!

And with that said, I have my idea. I love it when the right topic pops in at the right time.

Here it goes: Do you keep your digital camera handy?

When I decided to switch to a wiki website for the library this fall, and settled on which blogging platform I wanted to try, I started to use my digital camera a lot more.

Even if you’re not blogging or keeping a website updated with photos–Go Get Your Camera Out Now!

Now. Go!

Here’s what I’ve learned. My kids love it. I think when they see me get my camera off my desk they believe “I am interesting enough for her to take a picture of!” and I think their subconscious is saying “What I’m learning is important enough to document.”

Isn’t that enough of a reason to get out your camera?


Here’s another reason…..You and your professional documentation! I don’t know about you, but I forget things. If you have a folder with photos from each year you teach, then in five years you can look back to see what you were doing and where you’ve been. If you’re asked to document your professional journey in some way then you have the evidence. I’ve been working on my resume lately. With my resume, I can include a simple photo page with captions that truly illustrate my style of instruction and the involvement of my kids in learning information skills. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I hadn’t been taking pictures this year.

Have you gotten up to put your camera in your work bag yet?

If you do blog or add pictures to a website your camera is a neccessary tool. When I started blogging all I knew was that I wish there were more elementary librarian bloggers out there who weren’t just blogging about books. I wanted a blog about teaching, strategies, procedures, and real life on a fixed schedule. My camera has given me incentive to blog. I take pictures of the kids a few times a week and when I need an idea for the blog I go to my camera to look for inspiration.

That’s what I was going to do when I wrote the opening paragraph today. I was going to check to see what I’ve caught on camera this week to share.

So I suggest getting your camera. And the practical side of me has one more tip. Get a trusty card reader or know the fastest way to get your pictures to your computer. You don’t want the technology to get in the way of the content.

It’s simple technology, but as I once read: the most innovative teachers can do something amazing with a flyswatter. It’s not the technology, but the person behind the shudder who makes a difference. 

April 21, 2011
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