Kate Weber, WT North Hills Campus librarian and technology teacher, received the 2015-2016 Mary Houston Griffin Teaching Excellence Award – an annual award given for both teaching excellence and for the proposed use of the award funds.
Weber’s proposal will incorporate the Bigshot Camera, a build-it-yourself camera designed for learning, into the curriculum with the intent of combining technology and Makerspace, science, art, and storytelling to enhance her students’ education.
“A large part of what we do as educators is teach our students to convey their thoughts accurately, and we can do that more effectively if we put a camera in their hands,” Weber wrote in her proposal.
But Weber does not want to just hand her students a camera. In addition to the art and storytelling behind photography, she wants her students to understand the mechanics and technology of how cameras work. By building the cameras themselves, students in grades 2-5 will be able to acquire this knowledge.
“We will be building the cameras, learning about photography, taking pictures of our campuses, outdoor classrooms, and beyond, and working on publishing our photos in both a physical and digital format, to then be displayed at an exhibition at the end of the year,” Weber shared.
The Mary Houston Griffin award is provided by the generosity of the late Mrs. Griffin, alumna and former faculty member.