This photo of teachers Carolyn Beitzel, Lauren Selim, Mike Krieg, and Tara Malloy at Beverly Hills Middle School's Spirit Day is featured on Beitzel's PhotoJam presentation.
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Beitzel
Beitzel, an eighth-grade American History teacher at Beverly Hills Middle School in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, says that PhotoJam is simple and easy to use. She saved images to a single folder on her hard drive and then started the program. The instructions provided enabled her to upload the photos, choose a theme and music, and then preview and publish the material to the Web. The finished product was a PhotoJam project called Welcome Back to School.
"The project is a compilation of digital images of students, student work, school extracurricular activities, and so on," said Beitzel. "I wanted to show parents what we accomplish in the classroom, and demonstrate the opportunities the school gives students to achieve personal success outside the classroom.
"At Back-to-School Night," Beitzel added, "you really only have the attention of the parents, and the opportunity to interact with them, for approximately 10-15 minutes before they move on to another classroom. When all you do is talk about curriculum, rules, procedures, and discipline, the event is boring and repetitive for everyone. This year, I wanted a positive first time meeting, and I felt that the PhotoJam video might get parents a little more involved in their child's educational experience."
PhotoJam 4 is available from Shockwave.com. Users may download a free trial version and/or purchase the software online.
Article by Cara Bafile
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