SLO Project Information    

District: Capital Region BOCES, NERIC
School District Representative:
Steven Janover
SLO Project Name:
Digital Camera Basics - Online Course Companion
Authored by:
Steven Janover
Homepage address: Login with (username and password) rcsdcb
Grade Level(s): 7-12
Subject area:
Computer Technology, Art

Learning Context:
 Actual Learning Standards Referenced
(Performance Indicators are the bulleted items):

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 the arts.

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 various roles.

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 learning.

  • prepare multimedia presentations demonstrating a clear sense of audience and purpose
  • utilize electronic networks to share information

Key Idea 2

2. Knowledge of the impacts and limitations of information systems is essential to its effective and ethical use.

  • evaluate software packages relative to their suitability to a particular application and their ease of use

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, (Commencement)

Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace.

Managing Information

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 storing data

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 PowerPoint
  • 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 Self-Assessment 1.
(Period 5) Students complete exercises in class in "Incorporating Images in PowerPoint."
(Outside of Class) Students take Self-Assessment 2.
(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 Projector.

Instructional Modifications: 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):

digital cameras
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.