By Amy Wallot
You have likely seen the GoPro camera. It’s the small camera that is mountable to just about anything and is often used to photograph or record extreme sports. If you’re a fan of The Amazing Race, you can see it used on the show strapped to racers heads as they sky dive or bungee jump. I thought it would be interesting to strap one on a teacher to see what a day in the classroom looks like from her point of view.
I called Katie Decker, a 4th-grade language arts teacher at Glenn Marshall Elementary School (Madison County) and a freelance photographer. She was totally game to give it a try.
She wore the camera from the beginning of her class in the morning until shortly after lunch (which is when the batteries ran out.) The camera was set to snap a picture every 10 seconds.
In the morning, her class was writing thank you letters to the Kentucky Horse Park after recent field trip. During lunch, the 4th-grade class was eating with their 2nd-grade partners during the K-PREP testing buddies luncheon.
Her students didn’t pay much attention to the camera. They often use technology in the classroom, including a webcam to Skype with people from other countries. Decker also sometimes records her lessons so she can watch them later and make sure she is reaching all of her students and not doing anything unintentional.
When she looked at the photos after taking off the GoPro, Decker laughed at some of the results.
“The blurry photos really are a teacher’s day,” she said with a smile, referring to the constant attention required by her students.
For me, this was neat to see how the pictures would come out when I wasn’t the one directing the location of the lens. I’d like to try it again, maybe with different grade levels and subject areas. If you would like to volunteer, send me an email. And I’ll be sure to bring plenty of batteries.