Unusual Perspectives

Focus

Looking at different points of view using specialist cameras e.g. a headcam, underwater or panorama

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Suitable for

All ages who can use a camera on a digital device.

What you need

Mobile devices with a camera.

Apps or online tools for manipulating photos: e.g. Be Funky, Photo Booth, Photosynth, 360 Panorama, Photoshaper, Fotor, Phoster

Apps for creating talking photos: PixnTell, Tellagami, VoiceThread

Apps for making photocollages: PicCollage, Fotor, Popplet, Strip Designer

What you do

Explain to the groups that you are going to create look for unusual angles to take photos and make images as you explore your environment.

The idea is to think about different viewpoints and share a range of ways of looking at an environment. The initial images can be further manipulated to express feelings using a filters and editing options within apps or online tools such as Be Funky accepting or rejecting options until the desired effect is achieved. These can be annotated with words using tools such as Skitch or compiled into a slideshow for review and discussion.

Learning Benefits

Participants gain experience of team working and of exploring an environment from different points of view. They use images to portray feelings and create a set of slides as a talking point to come back to.

Taking it Further

Experiment with apps for adding narration and gathering multiple responses (e.g. VoiceThread).

Compile images into a photo collage.

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Images from:

http://blog.befunky.com/befunky-in-your-classroom/

http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/science-outdoors/cloud-shaping-and-making/

Fairy Food

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Focus:

To create Elf and Fairy Food

Suitable for:

EYFS and KS1

What you need:

IPad or digital camera, natural materials

Online link: A Fairy’s World Pinterest collection by Renda Lutz

What you do:

Take a look at A Fairy’s World Pinterest collection, and search google image Fairy Art. Talk about the importance of looking after our ‘Fairy Folk’ and create Elf and Fairy Food. Take photographs and create a group collection of images. These might be shared on Pinterest, Picasa or Flickr and used to make digital artefacts using online tools and apps, for example:

Learning benefits:

Physical development as children use their fine motor skills to carefully place plates and dishes of fairy food; creative development as children imagine the types of foods fairy folk might eat; ICT as children use technology to research and record their learning; speaking and listening skills as ideas are verbalised and shared with others.

Taking it further: 

Stories or films relating to fairy folk can be made and shared at a ‘Fairy Folk’ event.

Images from A Fairy’s World Pinterest collection by Renda Lutz
An example of storytelling with PuppetPals from students Hayley Elley, Sarah Battams and Hayley Hughes: