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When people think about technology in the classroom, their minds tend to stray towards iPads, computers, computer applications, or other complex tools. But one device that is often overlooked (perhaps for its simplicity) is the digital camera. When you think about it, a digital camera is typically easy to use, effective, and fun for people of all ages. So why not makes use of them?

The main issue, of course, is what teachers can even use digital cameras for in a classrooms setting. Sure, they’re entertaining, but what educational value do they serve?

Firstly, cameras provide a level of hands-on engagement that written assignments simply do not have. Getting students involved in their own education is always a benefit; you can’t teach those who aren’t interested in learning.

As for the school-related use of digital cameras, teachers of all subjects could easily integrate them into a new or pre-existing assignment. Here is a great list of uses from various educators and an explanation as to why digital cameras are so beneficial in the classroom.

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Digital photographs are great as an addition to projects, or as a project themselves. The visual representation of things always helps in teaching children, and students of all ages could use a digital camera for educational purposes.

Most families typically own cameras already. If they don’t, cameras are not as expensive to provide students with as many of the other devices the school might buy. Digital cameras may also be a type of technology, but traditionalists are less threatened by them as they have been around longer than many other tools.

When it comes down to it, digital cameras are obviously not a necessity in classrooms. But what they stand for–providing a creative outlet, engaging otherwise disinterested students, holding interest in a typically boring subject–is important. Even if it is something as simple as a digital camera, classrooms need to be aware of the role digital devices can and will play in education.

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