5 Ways to Capture the Student Experience

By Calina Franz-Hernandez | January 31, 2020

What is the ‘student experience’ as we know it?
School life has evolved greatly over the years, and even more so with the influx of tech, devices, and connectivity. Now, not only are we able to see each student’s academic performance and results, but their academic journey – their participation in the school community, their friendships, and their personal growth as they explore different skills, interests and projects. This is the student experience, and it barely scratches the surface! In the K-12 setting, these moments are taking place in just about every corner, waiting to be preserved and leveraged in many meaningful ways.
Here are 5 ways to capture the student experience, whether you are a parent, teacher, or student photographer in your school community.

1 – The Project Journey

When dealing with artwork, science projects or even mathematical solutions, the final product is crucial, but the real learning is in the process. That’s why it’s important to document your work every step of the way!
Take a look at the collection below, where an artist photographs her horse model before and after completion as part of her art portfolio. Showcasing work-in-progress adds credibility, and showcases the behind-the-scenes of the final piece, performance, or project.

2 – After Class

It goes without saying that school should go beyond the academics.
Extra curricular activity is where students can explore hobbies, skills, and initiatives that are important to them. Capturing what happens in those classes or sessions, gives those students and the colleges and programs they apply to after graduation, incredible visibility into the meaningful projects and activities that showcase who they are and what they care about. This may happen in the debate club, Habitat for Humanity, or choir practice.

3 – In the Spotlight

On the soccer field or on stage, a performance, milestone, or award that isn’t filmed or photographed is left to word of mouth and the imagination.
With almost every parent owning a smartphone today, this should no longer be the case. Capturing students in those big moments (or even the small ones – like during practice or rehearsals) can add so much more value to their personal story.
They take preparation, and they don’t happen every day!  

4 – Calm & Candid

If you’ve been on Linkedin lately, you may notice the dwindling number of posed profile photos. Candid photos have a power to them, because they tell the viewer a story through actions and expression.
They are more authentic and when used for personal portfolios, and they look professional and put together. Instead of just another smile (which are always nice to have!), find everyday moments that are natural, like when the student is reading, having a debate with peers or concentrating on a project.

5 – Graphic Recording

The concept of photographing notes is by no means a new practice.
Today, many teachers recruit a daily ‘graphic recorder’ for the class. Their role is simple – as the teacher explains a topic or concept, the graphic recorder illustrates those ideas on the board for the class to better absorb.
Not only is this a great exercise for the recorder to decipher ideas on the spot, it also provides his or her peers with a more well-rounded and engaging explanation of more complex topics. The visual ‘notes’ are then photographed and shared with the rest of the class later for discussion and commentary. Try it out!

If you are an existing Vidigami school, we hope you were able to learn something new and find this information helpful!
If you would like to learn more about any of the mentioned features in more detail, feel free to reach out to your Client Success Specialist and we would be happy to help! If you are not yet a Vidigami customer and would like to learn more about our product, we welcome you to reach out to us here.

About Calina Franz-Hernandez: As Vidigami’s Client Success Education Manager, Calina is hyper-focused on users’ needs and feedback, providing them hands-on training and support to build solid, trusted relationships. She continuously learns from each school to develop valuable resources and content, engaging and educating key users and their communities to help them achieve their goals.