Methods to Present Photos


  • To practice different methods of making meaning from photos
  • To determine which methods will be best for future advocacy or presentations


  • Photographs (ideally from your project)
  • Projector

Prepare Before


Warm Up

What are different ways we have used pictures to understand our research?  What prompts have we used so far?


Today we are learning new methods of understanding photos.  We will try several of them so that we can experience them and decide which ones might work best for our project.

Pick a method from the Methods page and have the group practice it.  Have the group try several rounds of Methods using different pictures every time.   Some of these methods will work better than others.  You don’t need to try all the methods, but do try a variety of them.


After each method, facilitate a discussion using the following reflection questions:

  • How easy was this to understand?
  • How effective was this method?
  •  When could we use this technique?

After all the methods are completed, facilitate a discussion using the following reflection questions:

  • Which methods did you like the best?
  • Which ones could we use if we were making a presentation to explain our research?
  • Which one could we use if we were trying to get people to join our cause?
  • If we wanted people who knew nothing about the issue to understand it?  If we wanted powerful people to take action?
  • What other ideas do you have that we could use in a presentation?


There are many ways to impact people and to get them thinking deeply about this issue.  We have primarily used the SHOWeD method, but we can display that information in many ways.  When we decide what to do with this information, it is equally important that we have different ways to present what we have learned.


Get into groups of three. Each group should be assigned one of the below scenarios. As a group they should plan out what method they would use using the Presentation Brainstorm handout.

Scenarios:  (change these as needed for the nature of your project)

  • To advocate for a policy change to the School Board who know very little about your issue
  • To increase interest from the students at your school to join your cause
  • To educate 9th grade students and their parents about this issue
  • To educate the teachers at your school and hopefully to get their support
  • To bring a focus on an issue you think is ignored at your school

As a large group, share back ideas. Once all the ideas are shared, facilitate a discussion with the full group on the following prompts:

  • What method was your favorite to participate in?
  • What method is the easiest to lead?