Value of Play

A teacher asked me for help with her desktop slide show the other day … which included shots of her family and friends. What did this have to do with teaching and learning? Nothing at first. However, once we got the desktop slide show sorted out, the teacher described how students love to learn more about her family by looking at the rapidly changing slide show (a new pic every 5 seconds) and asking questions about the subject of each shot. Next, the teacher said that she would love to create a similar slide show of shots from her classroom. Then, I explained how we had created an online photo gallery for school community members to post photos. Within a few minutes, we had posted a number of field trip shots online! It didn’t take long for our work on family photos to turn into a vehicle for sharing classroom work with parents and the school community!

gleaning photo album

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