Digital Media in the Classroom

An excellent example of teachers and students using digital media in the classroom is Nathan Hale’s 10th Grade Academy. These students are creating movies about the effects of worldwide epidemics as a research project. The Hale teachers realized that the video editing process would consume too much time and decrease the time students spent learning the content. Their solution was to imitate the “Ken Burns” style and create movies using only digital photos instead of video. To do this, the teachers designated Photostory 3 as the “movie” making application. These changes helped simplify the movie making process and reduced “creation” time significantly. Throughout Seattle Schools many teachers and students are using digital images, like the Hale staff, to enhance teaching and learning. To support all these endeavors, Instructional Technology is listing the following information as a resource. The information is organized into 3 sections: 1) resources for gathering digital pictures, 2) managing and editing digital images, and 3) tools for integrating digital pictures into instruction and learning.

Also, the Instructional Technology group is asking for your comments about other possible resources and or questions related to digital images to help us enhance the resource information in this blog post.

All of the links listed can be found at the Instructional Technology Delicious Site


  1. General overview of digital media resources
  2. Time to explore digital media resource post
  3. ET Input: Entering Questions and Comments in the IT Blog

Note: Some of the listed information only refers to the possibility for using this resource. Because each building has unique network and computer characteristics we are not able include specific instructions for some of the information. Please contact your ET, IT and NA for more information.

Digital Picture Resources (Possibilities)

Internet (Copyright Free Resources)

Digital Cameras

  • Transfer directly from camera: To download the specific camera drivers on your Teacher Work Station (CWS) you will need the help of someone with a #pound account or a Network Analyst (requested through techline – 252-0333).

  • External USB Card Reader: These all-in-one readers allow you to download images directly to a computer and do not require software drivers installation.

  • Home Computers: Use a pen drive to copy and transfer images from a home computer.

  • See How Do I Pick a Digital Camera on the IT Blog

Document Camera:

  1. Capture an image using only a document camera:
    1. Press the capture button on the document camera panel.
    2. Press the playback button to view these images
    3. Download Images from a computer:
  2. Capture an image using Aversion Software and the document camera

Scanner: These devices are fading but they can be valuable as a means for making student drawings into digital pictures. Scanners can capture images at the highest quality.

Cell Phones: Cellular camera technology is a popular tool used by students and adults for capturing images. The easiest solution for collecting these images is to download them on a home computer and transport them with a pen drive.

Computers: The most recent models of Apple iMacs and Macbooks have built-in cameras for capturing digital images.

Digital Picture Management (Organization and Editing):

  • Teacher Work Stations (CWS) and Student Computers (including Presentation Station Computers):
    • Organization: Create and name folders within the folder, “My Pictures.” At this time there is not an approved software solution for organizing photos on these computers.
    • Basic Editing:
      • Paint: The Paint program comes on all Windows computers and includes some simple editing features like cropping, resizing, and re-formatting.
      • This is a free download for PCs with photo editing features. To download this software on your Teacher Work Station (CWS) you will need the help of someone with a #pound account or a Network Analyst (requested through techline).
  • Macs: iPhoto is a Mac only digital picture management tool that includes simple photo editing features. It is loaded on all SPS Macs.

Instructional Uses of Digital Images:

Samples and Resources:

Preparation Resources:

Digital Story Telling – Resource List

See Digital Story Telling on the IT Blog


GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design): Promotes instructional strategies that use visuals (digital and analog) to enhance student learning.

2 thoughts on “Digital Media in the Classroom

  1. The Nathan Hale project is intriguing. I would love to:

    -see some examples of their projects created with PhotoStory

    -know what resources they used to find images illustrating the topic worldwide epidemics (as an example of where students can find useful images)

    Thank you!