Image of the Week: Understanding Perspective

Understanding perspectives & points of view can be challenging. Providing students a means to creatively capture the essence of perspective can unravel the meaning of it. Our image of the week comes to us from a ThingLink educator: Garth Holman.

Ohio Standards state that: “Historians and archaeologists describe historical events and issues from the perspectives of people living at the time to avoid evaluating the past in terms of today’s norms and values.”

This is a difficult task for 12 and 13 years olds.  However, Garth and his students spend several lessons thinking about perspective and point of view. One lesson that always seems to resonate with students is taking Hadoken photos.  What is a Hadoken, you ask?   Here is the definition one of Garth’s students provided: “A Hadoken is an impression, or illusion, of something that is happening when it really isn’t. Related to an idea of perspective and how you look at things, hadokens are pictures where things are not what they seem.  

Garth spends about 10 minutes showing them a quick slideshow on how to take Hadoken photos. They then head outside for 25 minutes for a photo shoot.  Working in groups of 3-6 they take many photos.  They learn how to work together, time their jumps, and camera shot. They take outstanding pictures and have a great time.

The following day, they pick one picture to upload to ThingLink and began to explain the process and how the images relate to history. Each group takes their own understanding from the lesson. However, maybe more important in the first few weeks of school, they do something cool and learn to trust and work together to create something they are proud of and that they as a class return to throughout the year. It is an experience. Check out more of Garth Holman’s student’s images on his professional website:

Learning Standards to Support Understanding Perspective

  • ISTE Standards for Educators 6a (Facilitator)
    • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

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Dan Gallagher
Dan Gallagher is a longtime ThingLink Certified Educator who is now ThingLink's Education Social Media Specialist. This position oversees @ThingLink_Edu and assists with contributions to the blog. Dan is a Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology with the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in NJ where he shows teachers how to integrate technology into their instruction.
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