InstaSTEM: A Short Course in Photo Research by Alexandra Siy

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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InstaSTEM Mini was developed by author and photographer Alexandra Siy and focuses on science imagery and how it is used to support scientific writing and research. Knowing how find, analyze, and use quality primary source scientific imagery is an important research skill required of students by the CCSS. InstaSTEM Mini is an hour-long program that shows students where to look for images online, how to know if an image is a primary source, and if and how an image can be used without infringing on copyright. Students will learn how to analyze images, read and write captions, and write photo credits. This one-hour program is appropriate for students in grades 3-12. An interactive four part workshop with author and photographer Alexandra Siy is available through the Professional Development section of CILC (InstaSTEM:Turning STEM into STEAM)

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60 minutees

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. A $100 kill fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. This program begins with introduction by the author and her books.
2. The author shows a variety of scientific images which are analyzed (scale, composition, cations) for their informational value.
3. Author demonstrates how to do an online search for images that can be used in research.
4. Author discusses primary source images, copyright, and other information relating to phot research.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


Students will learn how to look at images and discover information.
Students will learn how to read and write captions.
Students will learn how to do an online search for scientific images.
Students will learn how to write a photo credit and follow copyright rules.
Students will interact with the author.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Arts, science, literacy, writing, and reading standards addressed. See CCSS for details.

State Standards

Arts, science, literacy, writing, and reading standards addressed. See CCSS for details.