Tech Tidbit: Displaying Classroom Photos Online

By Victoria Jasztal on February 13, 2010

Do you take photos or videos of your students completing experiments or cooperative learning assignments in your classroom? Do you want to find a way to display your photos for families without much hassle? Beginning an account at Shutterfly.com may be the answer for you since it includes templates and color schemes you can easily customize. You do not need to be an expert at technology to make an effective website for sharing class photos and videos or updating parents about upcoming events.


Shutterfly Share has a page geared specifically to teachers. Here are the perks of starting a classroom share site:

  • Securely and privately share photos of the class using permissions and passwords.
  • Parents and teachers can collaborate on classroom projects such as books and posters.
  • Stay up to date on school events and fundraising activities with a scheduling calendar.
  • Keep parents updated on class activities through forums where everyone can participate.
  • Add videos of recitals, school plays, school sports, or field trips.

Here is my classroom photo album.

What I particularly enjoy about Shutterfly is the fact I can make photo books and calendars including photos of my students. It makes for a wonderful end-of-the-year project for families.

One last tidbit: No matter what, before starting a website you can share with parents, please seek their permission in placing any photos or videos online that includes their child. I would even seek their approval if the photos and videos were just being shared privately.

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments and you're welcome to post your links here to any classroom photo/video websites you have created.

See you again next Wednesday with my first post in a series of reading-related entries!

Comments

I am a user of shutterfly share site. It is amazing to see the creativity of students through their photos. I have uploaded all my class photos in the site and all other schools must use this to share their best moments. My Care On Call

E: Classroom Solutions DATE: 02/18/2010 10:16:14 AM Having a class web page focuses students on where to go when they start working on the internet. It provides a consistent page for students to see when they get onto the internet for their daily assignments or assigned classwork.

Another great tool is Smilebox. I like this because I can add it directly onto my school website, and they have amazing templates for all occasions.

The only downside is that it takes a while to load! :)

I have just used a form that explains that I have a teacher website that may include photos and video of their child without names included. They sign and date the form. - Victoria

You mentioned getting parent permission for placing pictures/videos online. Is there any particular form you use for that, or is it one that your school provides? My school has a very old one that doesn't really fit with today's technology or the fact that our school has a website of it's own where information is placed about students sometimes. It is something they are looking into updating, so I'm looking for ideas for both.

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