See The Good: A 365 Photo Project

edugoodI’m on a mission. I want to see the good.  I truly believe that when we keep our eyes focused on the good, our lives become good.  So, if we focus on the good in our schools, our teaching will become even better.  No, it doesn’t make everything perfect, or even easy, but it makes us appreciate the little things that matter.  So, as a new year is about to begin, I’m thinking of starting a Project 365.  You know, a photo a day for the entire year.  It’s not about fancy cameras, or setting up big photography equipment.  It’s about taking a moment each and every day to focus on the good.  It’s also about sharing it with each other.  You know, passing it around like a ginormous bowl of goodness that we can all share.  Will you please join in?  All you have to do is take a photo a day in 2013.

The rules? 

1.) Take a photo a day. Something you notice good around you or something from the suggestion list.  I’ve kept the suggestion list general, so you can get creative in your interpretation of each topic.  I’ll update the list each month and share it in the Flickr group and here on this blog.

2.) Share where you’ll be sharing your photos via the Google Doc.   Part of the fun in seeing the good is seeing the good others are sharing too.

3.) Take a photo a day.  That’s the hard part. Everyday. If you miss a day? No big deal, post two the next. Nobody will yell at you. Or even frown in your direction. :)

Tools:

EduGood Flickr Group:  A group on Flickr to share our photos.

Shuttercal: A daily way to share your photos via the web or an app. I love this one because it gives you a calendar to glance at and see the good all at once.

Project365 App: A fun app to keep your daily shots organized.

Please join in…. the more we share, the better.  Let’s make 2013 the year we focus on the good in our schools and our world…. one photo at a time.
#edugood: January

 

Edited to add: 

Tips for Getting Started:

1.) No pressure: Don’t try to get “the perfect’ photo every single day. Have fun with your camera or even snap a quick one with a phone.  Follow the daily theme, or make your own theme.

2.) Set up a folder on your computer. Call it 2013.  Make a folder for January.  Name each photo with a number like 001_2013.  Trust me.  When you get to the middle of the year and decide you want to upload to your favorite photo place and order them, you’ll be glad you did this.

3.) Create a consistent online space to share.  Tweet out with the hashtag to #edugood to inpsire others, upload to your Flickr account, share in the Flickr group.  Did you know you can create “sets” in Flickr?  Here’s a sample of my January 2010 project.   A great way to organize your own shots.  I’ll be sharing more on that later once January gets going.

4.) Have FUN!  The project isn’t meant to be stressful or add “one more thing to do.”  I know that some days I’ll be taking a quick Instagram shot, and other days I’ll spend more time playing with my camera because I enjoy it.

5.) Not in a “traditional school” setting, here’s another site with good lists for inspiration.  These may even work great with those of you thinking of trying this with students!

So grateful that so many are joining in the fun… now, let’s just keep each other motivated to finish ALL 365 days of seeing the good. :)

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Krissy Venosdale

Krissy Venosdale

Forever Learner. Collaborator. Sharpie Collector. Poster Maker. Eternal Optimist. I still wish on stars.

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49 Responses

  1. Celina says:

    Krissy,
    I’m so in!! Exactly what I need, and goes along perfectly with my “one little word” for 2013: BELIEVE. I look forward to the inspiration Project 365 will provide. :)
    ~Celina

  2. Melissa says:

    What a great idea Krissy! Being positive and focusing on the good can help us in so many ways!
    Melissa

  3. Heather says:

    I ADORE this. I’m tentatively raising my hand to join in, with fingers crossed that I can keep up with it. Thanks for this–positivity in the New Year can only be good.

    • Heather- YOU can do it! I know, I’ve started projects in the past and I really believe that if we all share and help motivate each other, we can all do it! Imagine how cool it will be at the end of 2013 to have a record of an entire year focusing on the good. So glad to see you rasiing your hand, even if tentatively. :) It’s raised.. I see it! :)
      Krissy

  4. Sue says:

    Love this idea, Krissy. Will have to modify the January list for NZ though, as we are on our long summer break and don’t return to school until February. Now to hunt out my camera and think about how or where I could share my photos …

    • Oh– Thanks for the pointing that out, Sue. I tried to keep things very general and I realize that some may not be possible if you’re out of class. Sorry! Please feel free to just make up your own list as needed. So glad to have you join in.

  5. Jen says:

    Aaaaand can non-classroom teachers participate? :)

  6. This looks fantastic! Awesome idea. Count me in , all the way from New Zealand! :-)

  7. Bev says:

    What a great idea! Would love to participate.

  8. Diana says:

    I love this idea, Krissy! I will do my best to participate! Thanks for the suggestions!

  9. Janelle says:

    I really love this idea. I hope I can keep up beyond January. I don’t have a good track record with 365 day projects. However, I think the daily idea list will help!

    • Thanks, Janelle. I don’t have the best track record either… BUT now we can motivate each other. Plus it helps that I can always use my photo and do a quick Instagram shot for some. I just want to record the year in a positive way. I look forward to seeing your shots. :)
      Thanks,
      Krissy

  10. shante standifer says:

    Super excited!

  11. What an awesome idea! You can count me in!

  12. iainmacl says:

    Have you considered using a site such as http://www.blipfoto.com which is already set up to be a daily photo-journal. They also occasionally have special interest groups and themes …as well as photos of the week. I’ve had fun trying a daily shot over this past year..not terribly great photographically, but that doesn;t matter.

  13. iainmacl says:

    Oh and incidentally, Scotland’s Minister of Education ‘blips’ as http://www.blipfoto.com/feorlean

  14. Fran says:

    There are a number of teachers who are already doing a “180 blog” in which we share a photo or video from each school day. Frank Noschese (@fnoschese on Twitter or http://noschese180.posterous.com/ for his blog) started it last year and a bunch of teachers were inspired to do one this year. We don’t have a theme for each day like you do, however. We just go with what seems relevant, interesting, or meaningful on a given day. Since I am already doing a 180 blog, I’m not going to join your group, but I am curious to see everyone’s photos!

    • Very cool, Fran! I’ve done a 365 project the past several years, but have YET to finish the entire year. This time around I am determined and having others to share with is going to keep me motivated and hopefully we can all inspire each other. Love that you were all inspired and started the 180 project. I can’t wait to start checking out photos and getting the year off to a positive start.
      Thanks for reading and commenting,
      Krissy

  15. Nathalie says:

    I can’t wait for tomorrow and get started! I will do mine as both classroom and non-classroom related – whenever I think of taking my picture! =)

    This could be a very cool project to do with a class… if everyone can have access to – or share – a camera/ipod/ipad… hummm sparks are going in my brain =)

    • I think you’re right – it would be FUN to do this with a class. I had considered setting up a Shuttercal for my class having the kids take turns to post a “photo of the day.” Letting them decide the theme. Hmmm… sparks here, too.

  16. Kristin says:

    Love, love, love this idea! My school is going through some difficult changes this year. This will be a great way to focus on the good things happening and not the stressful ones that I have very little, if any, control over.

  17. Greg Walker says:

    Great idea to look for good in things…
    The challenge is to take a photo a day.
    It is good to be reminded of the wonderful things around us and to appreciate them.

    :) Thanks

  18. Michelle Mercer says:

    Love the idea. I’m in. Now to make plan and figure out the details.

  19. Kelly says:

    Love, love, love this idea! What a great way to stay positive throughout the year! I am so in!

  20. Happy New Year, Krissy! Thank you for setting up this project. I am terrible at following through with 365 Projects. I hope I will be inspired by you and others here to do so this time around. I joined the Flickr group and updated my Shuttercal profile.

    I love the calendar of ideas and look forward to seeing others #edugood.

    • YAY! So glad to see that you’re joining. I am terrible at finishing these projects as well. I’ve made it all the way to August. I just know that together we can all keep each other motivated. Plus, incorporating the classroom will allow me to snap a quick pic with my phone as needed when the year gets rolling! We can DO THIS! :) Thanks for reading and commenting. YOU inspire me, Paula!

  21. Wendi says:

    Love this idea, and will be thinking of ways to include my students’ ideas, too. Can’t wait to get started, but will look forward to the teamwork to keep each other going with this 365 project!!

  22. Laura O says:

    Still on Christmas break, but put first pic up. LOVE the idea! Can’t wait to include class pics.

  23. Lindsey S says:

    LOVE this idea! Hoping I will stick to it since, like everyone else, I’m obsessed with instagram and ALWAYS have my iPhone handy :-) I think this will be a fabulous way to motivate myself as a teacher and see the everyday good in my classroom. Thanks for sharing!

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