A digital photo frame is it’s simply a picture frame that displays digital photos without the need of a computer. Depending on the brand and model, you can send photos to the frame via internet and/or by using a memory card like a SD card. From there, you can display hundreds of photos in a slideshow format. When I saw one for the first time, my mind immediately went to implementing this into a classroom one day.
You could use the digital photo frame to create unique reminders. For example, if there is a project deadline looming, you can create an image reminding the students by using different colors and images and put it in the digital photo frame. Now the image will be in the slideshow and constantly running throughout the day. The exposure to the information has greatly increased and less likely that students will forget. You can even get students involved by having them create the unique reminders (during their free time of course).
Speaking of students, what better way to show off student artwork then by putting it in the digital photo frame? During my substitute teaching days, I received hundreds of drawings that I still keep in an art portfolio, but wish I could share for years to come. Using a digital photo frame in a classroom eliminates that worry and creates a new platform for students to indirectly share their artistic skills to a new audience. For example, if I was doing a unit on the United States Civil War, I could mention to the class that they’re more than welcome to draw anything that they thought was interesting in the unit. The students now know that their artwork could be displayed for all to see, so not only are they putting in more effort, but they are indirectly learning more about the content.
Using a digital photo frame has the possibility to further enhance a positive classroom environment. Though it’s a small piece of technology, it brings an edge so to speak when it comes to classroom décor. Since the digital photo frame technology is still relatively new, the prices to purchase one varies from $50 to $250 depending on the screen size and quality. If you have any more ideas on how to use the digital photo frame in the classroom, don’t hesitate to comment below!