David Caleb on "Stories Through Imagery"
Are pictures really worth a thousand words? After a great talk with David Caleb I am realizing just how powerful images can be in telling stories. Today we explore visual storytelling by learning about tips on how to use it in the classroom, Dave’s experience teaching around the world, and the resources available in the two books he’s authored.
Dave began teaching in Canada, then Vietnam, and has now been working in Singapore for the past 13 years. He has been both a classroom teacher and coach. Presently he is a literacy coach working with teachers and students in grade levels K-5. Part of his job is to help teachers better integrate technology in their classrooms.
Dave has had an interest in photography from a young age and used it as a creative outlet. In the classroom he has been able to use his passion of photography to help students use imagery to tell stories. Older students begin using their own images to creatively illustrate more complex stories. Dave often has students use imagery to storyboard a field trip or event which gives a strong visual account of the moments.
David has written two books on photography. The first is called, “Stories through the Lens” which is free focuses on how to take great photos using iPhones, iPods, or iPads. The book has been a great tool to help guide his students in using these tools to capture images. In the classroom these devices are becoming more and more common, enabling students to not only capture great images, but also edit them using various apps on their device.
His second book, “The Photographer’s Toolkit”, takes photography to the next level, detailing how to capture better photos. It gives readers the tools they need to become a more confident photographer. These books have been a great resource to share with the online community as well as with those he speaks with at various workshops.
I had a great time connecting and learning with Dave. He has a wealth of knowledge and uses his passion of photography to creatively help students become more literate. Be sure to take a look at our Google Hangout above and the valuable resources Dave shared below.
Some great resources using pictures to tell stories: