For example, at Youth Voices , a website that connects student writers from across the country under the guidance of Writing Project teachers, young scribes can participate in the Digital Photography Group .The group serves as a meeting place for members to share, distribute, and discuss photography online.
Show someone’s thoughts Add extra information to help the reader Emphasise a point Can you use brackets to add extra information? His scales (covering his body from snout to tail) were two inches thick.
Parentheses are used to: Explain what a difficult word means.
Washington explained how a single photograph can be interpreted in multiple ways based on our individual perceptions and perspectives. Barriers and opportunities, an invitation to join or a message to stay away—all of these ideas can be found in this single photograph." Words and pictures are also intermixed in a project called Photo Fridays , an online photo-sharing group started by Writing Project teachers that encourages its members (or anyone else who stops by) not only to upload original photos every Friday, but also to post any thoughts sparked by the images.
Washington chose a photo of a young wheelchair-bound woman gazing up a flight of stairs that ascend to the Greek columns guarding the entrance of a university building. The writing can be as little as a quick comment or as long as several paragraphs. The element of commenting in that creation of community is so cool. Pictures by the teachers / photography enthusiasts range from striking sunsets to portraits of pets.
According to Youth Voices, it's "a space where teachers nurture student-to-student conversations, collaborations, and civic actions that result from publishing and commenting on others' texts, images, audio and video." Photos range from images photographed, created, or manipulated by the students themselves to random stock photos.
Users click on the photo's title to see or join the conversation that students are having about the photo's subject."For us, it's such a great way of getting to know people because it's what they really love doing, this challenge of taking photographs and putting them up there," said Kaplan, who also publishes a photo blog . I mean, everyone's going to say nice things about your photo.Or it's going to remind them of something from their lives." Indeed, the possibilities of where a single photo might lead a writer—or a teacher—are endless.Commenting on a photo of a flower lying on top of an open book, one student pondered, "I thought the flower would be cute since it reminds me of little girls in different countries around the world, picking up wild flowers in forests or gardens.I guess the only things kids have are their hopes, dreams and their laughter."The exciting thing about online communities is these challenges that people start creating," said Bonnie Kaplan, co-director and tech liaison of the Hudson Valley Writing Project (NY) and founder of Photo Fridays. The element of photos, the image, and the text has become so popular." Anyone can become a part of Photo Fridays, although most members are Writing Project teachers. Conversations about photos can start in a photo's comment section or on the group's discussion board.Either way, teachers who might live thousands of miles apart are able to begin a friendly conversation.Giving them a photo helps make things more concrete." Saunders was discussing using photos as writing prompts in an Edutopia group titled "Using Visual Art in Classes ," facilitated by Writing Project teacher-leaders Gail Desler and Troy Hicks.As if echoing Saunders, Gaetan Pappalardo, teacher-consultant of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, contributed his thoughts on the use of "picture rings." "I've collected art and photos and strung them up on a metal ring. Students are free to use them whenever they need an idea.The varied prompts include key words, questions to consider, ideas for writing, possible opening lines, suggestions for research, and more."Young writers, perhaps most writers, need provocation more than assignment, and this collection can provoke one to see—more, and more clearly—cultivating a habit of noticing and gathering," said Jim Davis, director of the Iowa Writing Project.