Photography can be a powerful tool in the classroom. Here at PBS you can find a plethora of photography–I’ve linked this blog to the American Civil War page specifically. Teachers, and teacher-hopefuls like me, can get into some trouble when we start fiddling around with images that are copyrighted. In my most recent technology class, we started taking a look at the world of copyright. My professor had us experiment a bit with Flickr, and that’s where this image comes from.*
But why do I think photography can be so important in the classroom? Well, for one reason, pictures appeal to visual learners. For another, the artwork of history can be a portal into the time as much as a document (PBS has many documents as well).
I know that as a learner, I retain information better when I can link some sort of personality to the topic. Why, when I was a budding student I used to think that the number 9 was a nuisance because it was just one away from ten, easy ten, fun-to-do-math-with ten. I know that I am not a unique learner in that respect. Sometimes it helps to literally put a face to history, to politics…to people.
*Photo from Flickr’s Scott M