Photowalk in New Orleans

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Location: Julia Street entrance - Julia Street and Convention Center Blvd
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Trips / Tours

Jessie Erickson  
Cathy Houchin  
Rita Mortenson  
Tim Needles  

Enjoy a beautiful morning in New Orleans mingling with others of like minds. We will set out in the morning on a fun, engaging walk as we collaborate and share rich conversation. Photo opportunities while networking with others from around the world will be part of the fun.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A phone or camera is required unless they are teaming up with another participant that they know.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Performing/visual arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose is to network with other educators from around the world while we walk and take photos of the beautiful city of New Orleans.


10 min - Participants gather in one central location and are provided an overview of the walk.

5 min - group photo to commemorate the occasion of being back in-person!

5 min - We will break into smaller groups to begin our Photowalk.

90 minutes - Walk and take photos of murals, sculptures and the beautiful city of New Orleans.

10 min - Debrief, share photo memories.

Supporting research

Your camera is a perfect partner in understanding the concepts of visual literacy.

Because mobile phones now incorporate cameras, and due to the size and cost of digital cameras, it is easier than ever for students to take photographs and incorporate images into their projects.

This web site is a resource and is designed to provide the K-12 educator ideas, readings, lesson plans and other valuable tools for classroom instruction.

For additional resources, see Vis Lit & 21st Century Skills wiki
Knowledge Quest Visual Literacy Issue
Vis Lit Resources on the Web
Visual Literacy Internet Resources (ALA)
Recent Trends in Media Use in Schools
Visual resources online: Digital images of primary materials on public Web sites (C&RL News, May 2008)

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Jessie Erickson, Private Contractor

Jessie Erickson is the District Assessment Coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools. Jessie holds Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist Diploma in Educational Leadership. She has had the opportunity to work with the students and staff as a teacher, Building Resource Coordinator, Instructional Coach and Curriculum Technology Partner within the Grand Forks Public Schools and Grand Forks Air Force Base School Districts. She loves facilitating opportunities that ignite all learners to become passionate about leading and learning.

Cathy Houchin, Watertown Unified School District

Cathy Houchin has been teaching for over 40 years. As an elementary music teacher, Cathy loves infusing technology into her classes. She has presented at many conferences including ISTE, FETC, SLATE, TEAC,MACUL and WMEA. For many years, Cathy volunteered with ISTE'S Art and Technology PLN and served in many capacities including president. Currently, she is semi-retired and teaching part-time for the district's eCampus as a special coordinator.

Rita Mortenson, Verona Area High School
ISTE Certified Educator

Rita is the Educational Technology Coach for Verona Area High School. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has been a member of several ADE Global Institutes including Ireland, Germany and Austin, TX. She also has several books published in Apple books. She has been actively working with a variety of teachers as they develop content for their 1:1 iPad environment. As a District Personalized Learning Coach she helps transform classrooms to meet the needs of all learners. She serves on the Discovery Education Network Leadership Council, is a Google Innovator and Trainer, an ISTE Certified Educator, and is a National Board Certified teacher.

Tim Needles, Smithtown School District

Tim Needles is an art, media and STEAM teacher, the author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum and an artist. An educator for over two decades, Needles has taught AP art, digital media, filmmaking, photography, drawing, screenwriting, animation, game design, 3D printing, coding, animation, and augmented and virtual reality. He has also taught mass communication and emerging media at Five Towns College and Adelphi University. Needles trains teachers and students in edtech, creative and media arts integration curriculum, social-emotional learning, and provides professional development for the Lincoln Public Schools, Brigantine Schools, Cape May Schools, NYSCATE, School Library Journal, StoryCorps, Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center, Suffolk's Edge Teacher Center, Project Presence and Digital Media Academy. He’s an Adobe Education Leader and Master Teacher with the Adobe Youth Voices program, and a frequent conference presenter. Needles is the chair of the NAEA ArtEdTech interest group and an ISTE Community Leader. He’s a NASA Solar System Ambassador, a DEN Star and an Adobe Creative Educator, and is a certified educator for National Geographic, Adobe, Formative, PBS, Discovery, Kami, GoGuardian and Clever. He is the recipient of the 2021 NAEA Eastern Region Art Educator Award, 2019 ISTE Teacher Education Network's Technology In Action Award, 2018 ISTE Arts and Technology PLN Network Creativity Award, 2016 NAEA Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award and the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art award at The National Gallery of Art. As an artist and writer, Needles’ work has been featured on NPR, in The New York Times and at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Photographer’s Forum, French Photo and SVA Gallery. He also writes for McGraw Hill’s The Art of Teaching, School Arts, NYSCATE’s News, TEAE’s Trends and Short and Sweet NYC.

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