Who was it that said a picture is worth a thousand words? If that person were around today, chances are he or she would have a digital camera in hand!

Children are naturally drawn to photography. For younger students, in particular, who may not have the vocabulary to express everything they see and feel in words, photographs are a great way to share their unique view of the world. By using digital cameras within the curriculum, teachers can not only provide students with a visual medium for self-expression, but also help them to hone their observation skills, develop an understanding of perspective, and practice their computer skills.

Here are some suggestions for finding and buying a classroom camera, practical tips for student camera use, and fun activities to complement your exisiting computer skills curriculum.

Getting Started

Using Your Camera

Get more photography lesson ideas from shutterfly's "Picture-Perfect Language Arts" standards-based skill-building program.