Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Start of Club Click by Chelsea

This post was wrote by Chelsea, who is a 6th grader at Van Meter.

I love to take photographs. Mrs. Miller told us about her friend Diane who also loved photography. She thought it would be a great experience to connect and learn together. Diane lives in New York and is a retired librarian. Mrs. Miller loves to take photographs too...this would be something really fun to do together.

One day at school, Mrs. Miller, Bailey, and I were talking to Diane on Skype. Then Diane had an idea about making a photography club. We though that it would be cool if we had a different theme every month. While we were walking back to class thinking of names for our new photography club, Mrs. Miller said, “ What about Click Club?”, and Bailey and I were like “ Umm sure”. Then Mrs. Miller was like, “No Club Click!” We said, “Yes!!!!”.

So that is how the name came along. Then we Skyped Diane for the next 3 days and got all of the details figured out. Our friend Emma set up the blog. We have meetings during advisory and talk through Skype, Google Chat, and email. We also share our photographs in our Flickr group. Last Monday we had a snow day at Van Meter and Mrs. Miller sent out an email encouraging us to take photos on our day off. Weston, who is another 6th graders in our group, took this photograph on a snowy walk.

Thanks to Club Click we are seeing that Van Meter students can take some awesome photographs. And who knows maybe one of us will go onto be famous someday.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Club Click by Diane Cordell

This post is from Diane Cordell's personal blog, Journeys.

One of the benefits of semi-retirement is having a flexible schedule that leaves time for interesting new ventures.

Shannon Miller is an online acquaintance who became a friend when we got to connect in real life at the SLJ Leadership Conference this fall. She and I decided to collaborate on a project: we would become co-advisers for her school photography club - Shannon, from the school library media center in Van Meter, Iowa; and me, from my home in upstate New York.

We Skype at times that fit into her students' schedules, keeping in mind the one hour time difference as we plan. Although an Internet problem forced us to cancel one meeting, Shannon, some Van Meter students (in grades 6 - 12), and I have managed to make a good start on organizing Club Click. School administrators have given their approval, an explanatory letter went home to parents, and we have about 20 enthusiastic members.

The Van Meter students are respectful, creative, and fun to interact with. Some have moved ahead quickly on their own: Kylee (who is old enough to have her own Flickr account) has been building an impressive collection of photographs. Alissa includes lovely photos in her blog postings.

And then there's Emma, who not only has a blog of her own, and aTwitter account (with her parents' knowledge and approval), but also has volunteered to set up and administer the official club blog, which will feature students and their photographic work.

Our Club Click Flickr group has more adult than student uploads right now, but that will change as Shannon and I determine the best way to allow younger members to share their photos.

In our Skype sessions, we've discussed some of the possible directions in which the club might move, from choosing themes to constructively critiquing each other's work to community service projects. I talked about the importance of tagging, and displayed some of the tools available on Flickr. Shannon and I have been stashing relevant resources in diigo; we want to offer students as many options as possible to feed their obvious enthusiasm for taking, editing, and sharing photographs.

For most Club Click members, this will be a fun hobby. For some, it may grow to be a lifelong passion. Either way, it's a privilege to be part of the adventure.

"I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting." -Harry Callahan

"What is art but a way of seeing?" -Thomas Berger

"Skyping with Van Meter" by dmcordell
"Some Flickr options" by dmcordell

Friday, January 7, 2011


Hello Welcome to the blog for Club Click you will be seeing tons of fun photos that kids at Van Meter have taken. Again welcome and hope you enjoy the blog. :)

Van Meter

Lately at Van Meter we have started a club called Club Click and it’s a photography club that’s a lot of fun. We have boys and girls of all grades 6-12. It’s a lot of fun. We are also talking to a really talented photographer named Diane.

Introducing the Van Meter Club Click Photography Club!