Beyond Classroom Tech Tips…

January 16, 2007

Motivational Posters

Filed under: digital photography — Donna DesRoches @ 8:57 pm

I wanted to share a tip about a very simple online digital photography tool that caught my attention in blogosphere this fall. It is a great way to introduce students to photo composition and digital photography at all grades. fd’s flickr toys offers a selection of cool tools that can be used in a variety of ways. My favourite is the Motivator Poster which allows you to upload photos from your account or hard drive. You then select a frame, colors, and font style to create an inspiration poster.

Cathy Cassidy from Moose Jaw has used this tool with her grade 1/2 class:

Amy Williams at Connaught School in North Battleford used the Motivator Poster tool to introduce her students to the concept of character. Each student had to plan a personal photograph which reflected their personality. They had to choose a setting and select the props that they wanted in the picture. They then had to write a short phrase about themselves to include in the caption of the poster.

I am an outdoor person and I drum and I go to pow-wows and round dances

(Brandon’s last name was erased from the poster to comply with the school division’s Acceptable Use Policy.)

I have identified a sampling of ELA and Visual Arts curricular objectives that can be met by using this simple online tool:

Curriculum Connections



  1. These are so fun. Another use might be to focus on a character in a text. Props that fit the character could be used in the photo and students would need to synthesize the main character traits for the caption. Opens up the door to lots of possibilities!

    Comment by lskysd — January 17, 2007 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  2. I love the poster idea – there are so many possibilities. Recreating a famous painting with real people in real settings; writing poems to images students take of their world; documenting excitng activities in your school (capture them in the moment of creating); and so many more…
    Thanks for the tip.

    Comment by Sherron — January 25, 2007 @ 1:22 am | Reply

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