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APR 2014

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rated wanted to provide students with the basic skills necessary to explore the possibilities of digital media. We began the project with two Canon PowerShot SD780 IS cameras. These cameras were hearty enough to withstand heavy indoor and outdoor usage, but sensitive enough to take nuanced, high-resolution, and large- scale images. I began by introducing students to the cameras; I showed them the on/off button, the view - finder, and the strap. Students passed the cameras around the circle, and sev - eral discovered the digital zoom, too. After this brief introduction, four students worked with the cameras in a small group for one hour. They had the choice to hold the camera (using the strap on their wrist) or to learn to attach the camera to a small tripod. overview of a two-year-long digital photography and video project I did in collaboration with four- and five-year- old preschool students at Ochoa Com- munity Magnet School in Tucson, Arizona. During the project, stu- dents made approx- imately 2,000 photographs and thirty-five hours of digital video. Their work culminated in a gallery exhibi- tion and two self-published books. Introducing Digital Cameras Introducing young children to digital media is similar to sharing traditional art media for the first time. The class- room teacher with whom I collabo- T he young students with whom we currently work in our class - rooms view and participate in seemingly endless forms of digital and social media. As digital media becomes not only accessible and affordable, but a part of the every - day lives of young children, educa - tors might begin to consider the potential for making art using digital photography and video in the preschool classroom. It is essen - tial to consider how digital media and new media function as expressive art media, rather than as tools to support other forms of learning. In this article I want to share an New Marissa McClure Young for Learners It is essential to consider how digital media and new media function as expressive art media, rather than as tools to support other forms of learning. Media Early Childhood Studio Lesson B_pages_4_14.indd 34 2/20/14 3:06 PM

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