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Teacher Tip #1: No digital camera? No problem!


We announced last month that classroom photos would be 100% digital on our website in the 2009-2010 school year. This post is tip #1 of 3 to help teachers navigate the process of submitting classroom photos digitally.Q: I DON’T HAVE A DIGITAL CAMERA. WHAT SHOULD I DO?A: No digital camera? No problem! Here are some suggestions for ways you can get digital photos of your project in action so you can upload them to our website.(TEACHERS: Feel free to comment on this post with other suggestions that you might have for your fellow teachers.)

  1. Maybe a friend has a camera that you could borrow. Or what about another teacher in your school (e.g. a media center or photography teacher)?
  1. Concerned about carrying around a digital camera or keeping expensive technology in your classroom? Check out these inexpensive disposable digital cameras! For about $25, you can get a light, compact digital camera attached to a keychain.
  1. If you’re more comfortable using a non-digital camera, you could have the photo developer put the images on a CD, then upload photos directly from this CD. Most photo developers, including Walgreens and CVS, can put photos on a CD for you instead of printing them out. Here are some inexpensive disposable cameras that will do the trick:
  2. CVS One-Time-Use Camera 27 Exposures w./ Flash: $5.99 each; available at most local CVS Pharmacy stores and online.
  3. Fujifilm Disposable Camera 15 Exposures w./ Flash: $2.25 each; Fewer exposures (number of pictures) than the above camera, but a great price; only available online.
  1. Is there a library or shop - such as Kinkos - nearby where you could scan photos? You could develop non-digital classroom photos, scan them onto a computer, and upload them to our site!
  1. If you decide to purchase a digital camera yourself or for several teachers to share, here are our top picks for budget digital cameras:
  2. Digicliq 4.0 Megapixel Digital Camera: $29.95; It’s nothing fancy, but it’ll get the job done. (Price quoted is from www.ecamerafilms.com, a great discount camera site.)
  3. Kodak EasyShare M893 8.1 Megapixel: $84.95; More megapixels means clearer photos! This is a great camera for the money. (Price quoted is from www.ecamerafilms.com, a great discount camera site.)
  4. Canon PowerShot A480 10 Megapixel: $129.95; This camera is very popular, takes high quality photos, and is easy to use. (Price quoted is from www.radioshack.com.)

Stay tuned for Tip #2...Photos: What's Hot, What's Not!

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