Teacher Review For iPhoto

Must Have Tool to Keep Student Photos Organized

Michelle N.
Classroom teacher
Lebanon Senior High School
Lebanon, PA
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 1
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
How I Use It
Although iPhoto (now Photos) isn't primarily an educational tool, it can be utilized to help organize student work (photos) and facilitate a basic understanding how filters, exposure and saturation can change images. Arts and Humanities students can use this tool to keep their photos organized and create interesting artistic changes, included changing filters (process, tonal, etc.) and basic retouching (red eye, retouch, exposure, etc.). Students can easily access their images from the photo roll and use them in nearly any app or application -- from adding an image into Notability or Adobe PhotoShop Mix, students can use their images as they like.
My Take
The great part about using Photos over other apps is that it comes as part of the Apple Suite of software, and that means students are never left without their images. They can access them on any device that is tied to their iCloud account, allowing for portability and creativity. Photos does have serious limitations when it comes to expanding student creativity or knowledge of general art principles, but, it is a must-have tool that will help students stay organized and provide them with better images to transfer into other creative apps.