(Morehead, Kentucky) – Teachers from Lawrence, Meniffee, Lee, and Ohio Counties spent three long and productive days honing their skills in modern communications. Today’s student is required to use visual, audio, text, speech, and all forms of communication to successfully navigate today’s working world. The 2017 Western Kentucky Mountain Workshops Teacher Track exposed educators to an array of tools and techniques.
As you can see from the photos below, this was a sun up to well past sun down, hands-on workshop that pushed teachers out of their comfort zones and presented new opportunities for their students. While much of the workshop is focused on photojournalism, it is really a program on CRITICAL THINKING. Analyze. Take appropriate action. Evaluate. Adjust. Achieve best results.
It is hard to explain this experience, but we wanted to share some of the knowledge you can benefit your students. Here are a series of links to video resources:
Basics of Photography http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=738 Complete with downloadable presentation showing basic composition, lighting and ways to make more interesting, engaging and memorable photos.
Story Telling http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=1052
Illustrating Your Point http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=1049
The Interview-Better Story Telling http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=1053 All the help you need to produce better video interviews. Sound is important. Preparation is critical.
The Process http://www.kydataseam.com/project-review?pid=714 How to organize your students to help them evaluate information, create ideas, outline a story and produce a meaningful project.
2017 WKU Mountain Workshops http://mountainworkshops.org
2017 WKU Mountain Workshops Video https://vimeo.com/240334679?ref=fb-share&1
The Dataseam Teacher Track at Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops is a rare opportunity for educators to improve their ability to think and communicate visually – October 24-28, 2017 in Morehead, Kentucky.
While this digital media workshop focuses on photo, video and recorded communication, it will give you the skills, vocabulary and tools to help students process information, come to a conclusion and communicate a meaningful message in any subject.
This is a hands-on workshop. You will learn how to operate your camera; basic composition and lighting of good photos; fundamentals of visual story telling; and discuss how to integrate those skills into your classroom.
Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops bring together shooting, editing and writing coaches from across the country — from The New York Times, from the Los Angeles Times, from National Geographic and a host of other media, to guide trainees and produce professional level content.
The Dataseam Teacher Track runs from Tuesday at noon to Friday 4:00 pm (October 24-27). You will spend sun up to sun down with professional journalism and photojournalism coaches, learning to capture attention and strongly communicate a story using words, photography and video. You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with top-notch writers, photographers and film-makers from across the country.
You will never attend a more demanding or professionally rewarding workshop. Hear what past attendees have to say.
This is open to Dataseam Participating Partner school districts. There is no workshop fee and most meals are covered. You will need to stay in the Morehead area.
If interested please send an email to (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include two sample photos you have created, along with a brief outline of what you teach and what you plan to gain from this experience. Deadline September 8, 2017.
A few weeks ago we worked with several classes from Clay, Lee and Owsley County schools exploring basics of photography to creatie pictures with a purpose. Students are working on various projects involving landscapes, portraits and stories about their communities.
Exercises are designed to get the student thinking about how they can help the viewer engage with the image and understand what the photographer is trying to communicate.
During the individual classes, we covered common techniques used by many professional photographers – Basics of Photography. Each student then created images demonstrating those techniques. In the tradition of any good project-based lesson, we shared our photos and spent time critiquing the work so we could all benefit from the examples of what worked and what didn’t. Mistakes make you better.
Students got hands-on experience using light, leading lines, patterns, unique angles, rule of thirds, framing, and negative space to bring interest and focus to their images. Students spent time thinking through the process to make an impression with their viewer.
You can view the Basics of Photography video and download the PowerPoint for your class. These techniques are clearly illustrated and will help your students improve their work.
Teachers, mark your calendar for the Western Kentucky University Mountain Workshops October 24-27, 2017. Dataseam is once again sponsoring a select group of educators for this year’s Dataseam Teacher’s Track to be held in Morehead, Ky. This is a once in a career opportunity for teachers to work with photo and journalism professionals from across the country to better understand how to help students enhance communication skills using images, text, video, and audio. Official application should be available as soon as you get back to school in the fall.
- Goals that were already mastered would have been in the student’s comfort zone.
- Goals too challenging would have put the students in their panic zone.
- Knowing where the benchmarks were, we set some goals just beyond their current performance levels. This was that magical zone where students push forward and learn best. Their learning zone.
With our goals in mind we introduced a discussion of concepts in lighting, composition, camera angles, leading lines, etc., that the students could use to improve their photography.
Hands on practice
Review of purposeful practice