District: Capital Region BOCES,
School District Representative: Steven Janover
SLO Project Name: Digital Camera Basics - Online Course Companion
Authored by: Steven Janover
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Grade Level(s): 7-12
Subject area: Computer Technology, Art
Actual Learning Standards Referenced (Performance Indicators are the
The Arts, Standard 1 -
Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts, Visual Arts,
Commencement (Gen. Ed.)
Students will actively engage in the
processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance,
music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in
1. Students will make works of art that explore
different kinds of subject matter, topics, themes, and metaphors.
Students will understand and use sensory elements, organizational
principles, and expressive images to communicate their own ideas in
works of art. Students will use a variety of art materials,
processes, mediums, and techniques, and use appropriate technologies
for creating and exhibiting visual art works.
- create art works in which they use
and evaluate different kinds of mediums, subjects, themes, symbols,
metaphors, and images
- demonstrate an increasing level of
competence in using the elements and principles of art to create art
works for public exhibition
The Arts, Standard 2 - Knowing and
Using Arts Materials and Resources, Visual
Arts, Commencement (Gen. Ed.)
Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of
the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in
2. Students will know and use a variety of visual
arts materials, techniques, and processes. Students will know about
resources and opportunities for participation in visual arts in the
community (exhibitions, libraries, museums, galleries) and use
appropriate materials (art reproductions, slides, print materials,
electronic media). Students will be aware of vocational options
available in the visual arts.
- Use the computer and electronic
media to express their visual ideas and demonstrate a variety of
approaches to artistic creation
The Arts, Standard 3 - Responding to
and Analyzing Works of Art, Visual
Arts, Commencement (Gen. Ed.)
Students will respond critically to a
variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other
works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.
3. Students will reflect on, interpret, and evaluate
works of art, using the language of art criticism. Students will
analyze the visual characteristics of the natural and built
environment and explain the social, cultural, psychological, and
environmental dimensions of the visual arts. Students will compare
the ways in which a variety of ideas, themes, and concepts are
expressed through the visual arts with the ways they are expressed
in other disciplines.
- use the language of art criticism by
reading and discussing critical responses to works of art (either
their own or those of others)
MST, Standard 2, Information
Systems, Key Ideas 1, 2, Commencement
Students will access, generate, process, and transfer
information using appropriate technologies.
Key Idea 1
1. Information technology is used to retrieve,
process, and communicate information and as a tool to enhance
- prepare multimedia presentations
demonstrating a clear sense of audience and purpose
- utilize electronic networks to share
Key Idea 2
2. Knowledge of the impacts and
limitations of information systems is essential to its effective and
- evaluate software packages relative
to their suitability to a particular application and their ease of
MST, Standard 5, Technology, Key
Idea 3, (Intermediate)
Students will apply technological knowledge and skills
to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to
satisfy human and environmental needs.
3. Computers, as tools for design, modeling,
information processing, communication, and system control, have
greatly increased human productivity and knowledge.
- use a computer system to connect to
and access needed information form various Internet sites
Career Development and Occupational
Studies, Standard 3a - Universal Foundation Skills, Key Idea 6,
Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and
competencies essential for success in the workplace.
6. Information management focuses on the ability to
access and use information obtained from other people, community
resources, and computer networks.
- use technology to acquire, organize
and communicate information by entering, modifying, retrieving, and
Assessments: Online -
Self-Assessment 1 and Self-Assessment 2, Class Critique.
Student Outcomes (Exemplars):
- recognize and list the
different features of their camera
- understand how digital cameras work
- frame a shot and take better pictures
- transfer images from a digital camera
to their workstation
- use the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
- manipulate images using photo editing
software (Microsoft Photo Editor)
- understand and describe the
differences between file compression formats: jpeg, gif, and tiff
- optimize an image for the Web and
- incorporate an image in PowerPoint
- create a photo album in PowerPoint
- use an online photo service to create
a photo album
- use the Blackboard Learning System and
some of its collaborative features to take an online course
(Period 1) The instructor
introduces the topic, covers the camera's basic features and
functions, and allows the students to take practice shots.
(Outside of Class) Students read the
following documents in the Blackboard online course:
Digital Camera Overview
Tips for Taking Better Pictures
Composing Images for the Web
Connecting Your Camera to Your Workstation
(Period 2) Weather permitting, the instructor takes the class
outside the building and students shoot images with the cameras.
(Period 3) Image transfer from camera-to-workstation
demonstration. Demonstration of the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and
the Microsoft Photo Editor.
(Period 4) Students complete exercises in "Using the
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer."
(Outside of Class) Students take
(Period 5) Students complete exercises in class in
"Incorporating Images in PowerPoint."
(Outside of Class) Students take
(Periods 6-9) The class edits their own photos with the
Microsoft Photo Editor and creates a Photo Album in PowerPoint.
(Period 10) The instructor and class positively critique the
PowerPoint Photo Albums while viewing them in class with a LCD
Large font text sizes, screen magnifiers for visually impaired students.
Digital camera with diopter adjustment for eyeglass wearers.
Time Required: Ten class periods and approximately 3.5 hours of time
spent outside of class accessing the Blackboard Learning System.
Resources (materials, web sites):
computer workstations with Windows XP OS
Microsoft Photo Editor software
Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
Blackboard Learning System
See External Links in Blackboard online course
Online course companion has been incorporated to accompany the Model
Schools "Digital Camera Basics" class.