Magazine article Technology & Learning

Portraits of Learning: Technology & Learning's First Annual Student Photography Contest

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Portraits of Learning: Technology & Learning's First Annual Student Photography Contest

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For almost two decades, Technology & Learning has celebrated outstanding technology-using educators and top digital products for schools. This year, for the first time, we asked to hear directly from students.

The theme of Technology & Learning's first annual student photography contest is the very open-ended "learning with technology." We left it up to students to interpret this challenge in their own individual ways, and they responded with dozens of creative offerings. Some used sophisticated technical artistry to show technology's role in learning, while others saw the camera as a way to tell a story about how technology can bridge communities. It was a challenge to narrow down the competition to eight winners. Here, we recognize the inspired achievements of today's young photographers.

FIRST PLACE

The Energy room

Kyle Cummings, Grade 12,
Northern Valley Regional High School, Demarest, NJ

Kyle used Photoshop and Bryce, an application that creates three-dimensional landscapes and images to demonstrate how digital technology can blend real and simulated images into a seamless tableau. By "sewing" an actual photo of lightning into an artificial scene, Kyle shows the role of technology in creating a new form of hybrid art, one unbound by traditional concepts of authenticity.

Self-Portrait

Andrew Pratt Grade 6,
Naples Elementary School, Naples, NY

Technology teacher Abigail DeMarco taught her students how to photograph and edit in a digital medium, and Andrew Pratt took that lesson to heart. Working with a clean picture of himself and art tools from Art Dabbler software, Andrew was able to create this vibrant self-portrait with a bold palette that illustrates his personality--and his dreadlocks.

SECOND PLACE

Greenfield Lake

Anna Connelly, Grade 7,
D.C. Virgo School, Wilmington, NC

With camera in hand, Anna was able to capture the weather-beaten charm of the bridge that Greenfield Lake, a local picnicking spot that boasts a gorgeous seasonal display of magnolia and azalea. Anna observed that technology can be both primitive, like this old bridge, and advanced, like the digital camera she used for this shot.

Mary. Stained Glass Window, St. Leo's Church, Minot, ND

Brianna Strachen, Grade 5,
Jefferson Elementary, Minot, ND

Brianna used a digital camera to record the brilliant color of this stained glass window at St. …

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