Posted by: Monique Polak on Feb 21, 2008
I'm just home from a teleconference that photographer Monique Dykstra and I did with Kelly Ryan's class at St. Willibrord School in Chateauguay. (Last time, we visited the class in person; today we went to a special educational technology centre in Laval and had a "virtual" meeting with the students.) First, "the other Monique" (that's what we call each other) gavestudents feedback on photos they have taken for their project (they are contributing to a book that a team of writers and photographers are helping them produce). I love learning about photography from Monique D. Today, she told students that the flash is "evil" -- she believes that whenever possible, photographers should avoid using a flash. Very interesting!!
I took over during the second half of the video-conference. St. Willibrord students have begun writing about local heroes in their community. Here's the advice I gave them: use quotes to bring your characters to life; get specific details and try to find a little humour in your stories. I have a feeling they're going to do a great job. Okay, I've got an hour till I have to be at Marianopolis. I'm heading to George River -- in my imagination, anyway!