Thursday, August 20, 2009

Your DailyBooth: PhotoTweeting for Classroom Learning

I have a few favorite sites that couple with my cell phone camera for posting images to the web. Three of my favorites are Pixelpipe, Photobucket and Flickr. I now have a fourth. It is called DailyBooth. DailyBooth is a "twitter" environment for photos. It is incredibly easy to set up and use. Once you create an account, you get a mobile email address where you can send pictures from any cell phone! The pictures appear just like twitter posts. The pictures appear instantly and with optional text. There are also some nice privacy settings on DailyBooth. I really like that you only need to set up one account and can use it with all of the student cell phones (thus no need for student accounts and the teacher can have control over editing).

Classroom Integration
The very first thing I thought of when I was playing with DailyBooth was image-based homework assignments! Students could easily capture images of everyday culture that reflects classroom learning. For example, students in a biology class could take pictures of different types of species they encounter everyday and send it to the class Dailybooth feed. They could comment on each others images to have an academic discussion on the images.

Image-Based Storytelling
Students could post mobile images to create a storybook. Especially if each student had their own DailyBooth account, they could have their own storybook (and it would be created in the moment--in real time).

What a fun way to create a storyboard for a video project by texting in images and text describing the different scenes.

School Current Events/News Feed
With parents permission, the school could create a DailyBooth Image feed of school activities and events. Parents could follow and stay up to date as well as comment.

Research Report
Yes! I did say research report---twitter style! Students could put together their own inquiry-based image project to research a topic, provide evidence and a conclusion. For example they could use images to describe what they believe to be the greatest cause of the current economic crisis in the U.S.. Or evidence of whether or not global warming is a real phenomena. Images can be a powerful way to present a well-thought out research study.


Kate said...

Liz - I love you. I've been contemplating using mobile phone cameras+email to share student work on the fly in the middle of class. I like to have small groups generate ideas about a problem, draw pictures, etc, and then share. And this is the easiest solution I've considered by far. The only question is how many students will have phones that can email photos. But failing that I can do it with my iphone. Thank you.

Medianewstime said...

you could open it up so that students could post without joining. But I know Larry asked his students to clean up their profiles and they seemed very willing to do so. You could do this with the "groups" page, however, group posts do not appear in the general News Feed. Thanks

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