What did you get for Christmas? A camera?

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I just got back from the dentist. My mouth is still numb and I’m trying not to drool on the keyboard. An hour earlier, while waiting for the novacaine to take effect, I overheard a couple of technicians talk about what they got for Christmas. One said to the other, “My husband got me another camera. That’s the third camera I’ve gotten in the last year and a half and most of the time I just use my phone!” This woman was new to the office so I refrained from asking the question that any red-blooded public educator that is trying to keep an under-funded media program together would ask: Would you consider donating the ones you never use to my program?

Of course, I didn’t go there but I started thinking about all the digital media tools that are still in working condition that get left in drawers because of the purchase of next best thing. Those 2-3 year old digital still and/or video cameras would work well with our 6-10 year old computers. Then I started thinking about how most people are very generous and supportive when they see a specific need that they can help with, especially one that helps the development of children and youth.

I decided that it’s a good time to revisit my neglected blog as a way to back pedal and ask everyone and anyone the questions I wanted to ask that technician. Do you have any digital cameras (especially video) that you no longer use that are in working condition? Would you consider donating them to Studio 19 (my media program at Slauson Middle School in Azusa, CA)? You can also help by sending a link to this blog to anyone you know that might be able to help.

Thank you for taking time to read this and help spread the word. More awareness of what we are trying to do builds more support. I’m excited about the possiblities this class creates for our students and excited to see what the next year will bring! Happy New Year!

Here is some contact information.

Kimball Coburn, Jr., Media Teacher

Slauson Middle School, 340 W. 5th St., Azusa, Ca 91702, (626) 815-7300

kimballc@azusausd.k12.ca.us

(By the way, if you are looking to move out your old iMac, I could use that as well!)

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~ by Kimball on December 27, 2012.

One Response to “What did you get for Christmas? A camera?”

  1. Your blog is a very good reminder to those of us with lots of new technology – who might be sitting on lots of old gadgets that frankly still work just fine especially in hands of creative elementary school kids And teachers! Creative teachers know how to get a lot out of a little – and while I wish that we properly funded innovative teachers- I am constantly amazed at what they manage to do with challenged budgets and resources. Keep going – keep the creativity flowing. The world needs more teachers like you, Kimball.

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