PhotoBooth

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PhotoBooth is a tool within the Macintosh iLife suite that allows the user to capture still images or videos using the built-in iSight camera.
 
The program offers a host of effects and features, allowing the creation of anything from a simple headshot, to an elaborate video 'on location'.
 
 
Here are some samples and ideas for use:
  
 Sample Effect / Set-up Project Ideas
straight shot
 
StillPhoto
 
You can set-up a classroom 'kiosk' using the PhotoBooth software straight still camera mode.
 
This will take a DMV 
type (albeit better looking) photo.
 

 
Take photos of students on the first day of school (to place on the wall with names, on desks, etc..
 
Students can see themselves on the screen - and review the photo once it's taken.
 
A photo kiosk can be set-up in this way for students to capture images of their artwork as well. 
straight shot
VideoRecording 
 
 
Just as you can set-up a still camera kiosk above, you can set-up a live video recording center,
 
Take Videos of Students
 
Have students record their thoughts, themselves reading a passage or book, acting out a scene in Readers' Theater, demonstrating a skills, solving a problem, working out a social situation, whatever you might want to capture. 
image
 
Still 
Photo 
with 
Custom 
Background
 
Use a provided 
Backdrop Effect
backdrop image
or drag in one of your own.
effects drag image
Place students
'in the action' ...
 
on a planet,
within the pages of a book,
immerse them in anything they are studying.  
 
They can be 'inside a pyramid,
on an ocean reef,
in another country,
in another time.
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Be a Weather Man
 
Use the Backdrop Effect under the video camera option to drag in a weather map. 
Have students demonstrate their understanding of weather patterns and fronts by creating a mock weather cast. 
 Be a Reportereiffel tower photobooth image Use the Backdrop effect under the video camera option to bring in any background that relates to current student learning. 
Used with the video camera, students can create a 'newscast segment', commercial, book trailer, live action report, the sky's the limit!
 
     
 

Caveat:  The software is set-up to capture mirror image (so you look normal as you view yourself).  This is fine as long as you don't want to capture text.   
 
You can flip the resulting images (going forward) by selecting Edit from the top menu, then checking Auto Flip New Photos.
 

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