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If you give a kid a camera . . .

(With apologies to Laura Joffe Numeroff), I’ve been thinking about our the accessibility of affordable equipment, and students’ newly facilitated ability to produce, and the impact of audience, and the kinds of creative efforts that might result.

If you give a kid a camera . . .

If a kid comes into your library (or your classroom) you might give him or her a camera to inspire his or her creativity. 

And, if you give him a camera, he’s probably gonna want to test it out right away and create something spontaneous and funny.

And after he or she has played a little bit with spontaneous and funny creations, he’ll probably ask you how he can use the camera to help.

And after he sees that he can really be helpful, he’s gonna want to create something a little more sophisticated and organized.  He’s going to want to write something he is proud of. So he’ll ask you for brainstorming tools, storyboarding software (and perhaps, a tripod).

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And, after she sees that she can create something sophisticated, and organized, and well-written, she’ll wonder if she can share it beyond your library or classroom.  And so you’ll mention some video sharing portals on the cloud and suggest opportunities like global conferences . . .

And, after you as a librarian or a classroom teacher, see what he or she might create and share when you give a kid a camera, you are going to want to know how you can do it and share it all better and bigger.  So you are gonna want some resources so that you can share your cameras with greater impact.  And, if you are a librarian, you’re going to want to create and share some pathfinders like:

Can we meme this?  What happens when YOU give a kid a camera?
Here’s a meme tag: #ifyougiveakid

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Mary Schwander says:

    I love this, Joyce! Great play on “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and wonderful videos from your students. These kind of posts are why you certainly deserve the honor of EduBlog’s Best Librarian Blog!

  2. These are so great. Which program did you use to create silent movie slides?

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