4.4 : Resources and Extensions
Digital Spaces for Sharing
There are two essential questions to ask when thinking about sharing photographs on a digital platform. First, who are you trying to reach with the photos? Second, how can you make sure you have control over privacy?
If you are sharing photos with parents and families, make sure they have the ability to access photos digitally. Do families have home computers and smartphones, or are they only connected once in awhile? Find out from families before you assume that they are able to access digital information from you.
Privacy is, of course, an issue that should be addressed, and you’ll likely get a range of reactions from parents, ranging from “no pictures of the child anywhere” to “Whatever, I don’t mind!” - make sure that you are on the same page. You can approach this in a conversation with the school community, or individual conversations.
Instagram and Facebook are becoming more and more popular as sharing platforms for classrooms. You can set your privacy settings on both platforms so that only followers that you approve can see the images on the website.
Class Blog or Website
I am a big fan of class websites instead of a single feed of images on social media. You have more flexibility with who can see what, and you can expand digital documentation beyond the limits of a facebook feed.
There are a few different platforms that you can use to create a password protected website; you can also choose to only publish photographs that do not include identifying features or names of children to create a more public space - that is how Bakers and Astronauts began!
Tumblr - you can create a secondary blog that can be password protected.
Wordpress - you can password protect individual blog posts.
Squarespace (not free) - create individual password protected pages.
Blogger - create a private blog
Organizing all those photos!
The photos themselves can get a bit overwhelming. Try to organize them as much as possible right when you move them off the camera, or in the app on your tablet or phone. Here are a few practical resources:
Google Photos : You can sync 15GB of photos on Google Photos, for free! The app on your tablet or smartphone makes it really easy to sync automatically, which means you can delete photos from your device - they fill up fast! You can also transfer from the card in the point-and-shoot camera when using a laptop, or a tablet/smartphone adaptor.
Hard Drive: If you have the space, organize photos in monthly folders, with sub-folders for individual days, or for the week, depending on how many photos come out of the classroom! This is how I organize mine, on an external hard drive. You can tag photos so you can find them easily, too, with children’s names or keywords like “blocks” “paint” “math” - or whatever else you want to be able to find quickly.
Dropbox : Its not free, but it is an easy way to sync photos as a whole school, or as a team. You can access the photos from your tablet, computer, or phone, and control who can see different folders.