This Week’s Theme- Where the Magic Happens

This week we are celebrating the physical and virtual spaces and conditions that set the stage for the learning that occurs. We are looking for photos that not only capture our favorite learning spaces, learning tools, and learning activities, but also photos that capture the magic that happens when we take full advantage of them. Feel free to send us photos of the spaces and objects you use every day to practice your craft as an educator.

Send us photos of the ball field, the reading nook, the computer lab, the counselor’s office, or anywhere else that you bring learning to life. Send us pictures of students engaged in the activities you’ve designed,  or of students using the objects and tools that make your classroom unique or that are vital to the learning you do together. Send us pictures of the science lab, the classroom skit, the basketball lay-up, or the digital work your students do. When you come across a moment that makes you think, “That’s where the magic happens,” capture it and share it as part of our #evscstory.

 

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This image was taken by Jeff Thornton. It was edited in PhotoShop. The pixie dust effect was added using a free Pixie Dust PhotoShop Brush effect by RI-Brushes. If you have access to PhotoShop, you can learn to use this brush from this video tutorial. If you teach in an EVSC High School and would like to know more about PhotoShop, contact the ICATS.

How to Share Your Photos

There are four ways that you can share the photos that you take with us:

  1. You can share via Instagram- Simply post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Feel free to add other hashtags as well to indicate the theme (e.g. #Magic), or add more information to the caption to help tell the story.
  2. You can share via Twitter- Post your photos to Twitter using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Again, we invite you to add other hashtags, including some of our EVSC hashtags like #evscchat. You can also include our Twitter handle (@evscicats) to ensure we see your pictures as soon as you post.
  3. You can share via Facebook- Visit our ICATS Facebook page, click the Message button in the upper-right corner, and in the text of the message give us your name, school, and the theme for the week. Be sure to attach the photo by clicking the Add Files button. While you are there, we’d love it if you liked our page :)
  4. You can share via Google Drive- If social media isn’t your thing, feel free to share your photos directly with us through Google Drive. Use this link to access our shared folder. You will need to then click the blue Open in Drive button. Then drag your photo into the window, or click the red upload arrow in the upper-left to search for your photo and click Open. It would help us if you would name your photo with the week’s theme and your name and school.

How to Check Out the Photos

After each week’s challenge, we will post a link to the archive of the week’s photos here. Follow the link, and enjoy the story that unfolds!

Final Thoughts

As always, thank you to those of you who have been sharing your #EVSCstory with us. Each photo is a great reminder of the important work that educators and learners do everyday. We have collected more than 300 photos since the beginning of the ICATS Photo Challenge.  Here is a video that features just a few of our favorites so far:

This video was made using Animoto. Educators can apply for free accounts to use in the classroom with students!

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