1. Taking Notes—Use a smartphone camera to snap clear pictures of lecture notes for later reference.
2. Storytelling—Stories come alive using digital photography. Smartphone cameras can take excellent storybook shots you can add effects to later on.
3. Video Docs—Shooting a documentary-style project with a smartphone is an edgy and artistic way to tell your story. You can also try shooting an ad or commercial for a media studies class using the same technique.
4. Presentations—Use your smartphone camera for making great presentations. They can be staged, or completely off the cuff (e.g. on a filed trip somewhere).
5. Tutorial Making—This is a great way to check for understanding of a certain topic. Have students create either a step-by-step visual guide or video tutorial using their smartphone cameras.
6. Science in Motion—Objects in motion make a great video project idea for science class. You can also use it for dissection projects, where the camera needs to get a nice quick zoom on key stages of the process.
7. Story Chains—This is a visual take on the classic chain story exercise. One student begins with a photograph (either real or staged) and places a caption underneath it. The next student adds a new picture and caption to keep the impromptu story going, and so on.
8. Photo Collages—Art classes can become platforms for digital image display.
9. Scanning Documents—The camera of a smartphone can be used as a scanner.
10. Visual Diaries—Use images to create a visual record of a personal or academic journey of your choice.