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My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Cameras, and 30 Days to Document Their World

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My So-Called Digital Life is the result of a unique project created by Bob Pletka, technology director for the Covina-Valley Unified School District in Southern California. Pletka instituted a program in which 2,000 high school and middle school students from throughout the state of California-including inner-city, suburban, and rural areas-were given digital cameras and o ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Santa Monica Press
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Angie H.
Using as an idea for Teen Read Week 2011!
It's a cool idea - put cameras in the hands of teens and invite them to create a photo book. They write the copy, they take the pictures, they lay it out. It's a great large-scale project.

What ends up rising to the surface as a theme (at least for me) is exactly how and how much school sucks. It's very thoroughly articulated and you can feel the "I'm writing an essay and it's actually about my life for once" vibe shining through.

But for me, it ended up feeling like Yearbook-Class-Goes-Wild.

Patrice Sartor
GENRE: Nonfiction: Photography, social sciences.

SUBJECT/THEMES: Teen photography, digital journaling, teen blogging, social experiments.

SUMMARY: This project originally sprang from a desire of the creator to get the answer to “What did you do at school today?” Pletka is the Technology Director for a school district, and was at a where someone disclosed a figure, that only 25% of teachers are working technology into their lesson plans. So, Pletka thought he would combine the ideas, and give camer
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This is a photo diary of many different high school students and the things they go through and feel important enough to talk about. It is a fascinating look into a teens life and invokes memories of your own. I did like it and feel teens could relate to the teens in the photos and blog like entries. I feel this could also gives teens the idea to do this with their own lives and experiences at school. A great book, and definitely for someone who really i
Spotted on Jessica M's to-read list and OhioLINKed. :) An extremely interesting photo essay culled from the photos and writings of a huge group of California teens. The glimpses into their lives, with all their pressures and worries, can be startling and heartbreaking. The book especially makes me think about the setup up of public school and the various ways it adds to these pressures, with long bus rides, emphasis on test scores, lackadaisical teachers, etc.
Can't decide which task seems more frustrating: being in high school again or being responsible for teaching kids in high school. Glad to be thirtysomething and working in a library :)
Oct 10, 2008 Meredith rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
A very interesting project. I'll look forward to what teens will think of the book....
Would be a good book for schools who want to do a similar project.
Ms. K-M
An amazing photo essay.
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