I am a photography teacher, and this year I received cameras with CF cards. Within a week of letting the students use them, three cameras had bent CF slot pins. Does anyone have ideas for preventing this? Here are the ideas I've had so far, and some issues related to each:
- Require students to bring me their cameras, and I remove and replace the memory cards. The students use card readers to import. This is the system I am currently using and it was working well for a while. Unfortunately, I recently had two more cameras show up with bent pins. It turns out that high school students don't always follow directions. And while I do want them to learn this skill, this is a rather high stakes situation to do it.
- Hand out USB cables for importing instead of card readers. (This would prevent the need to remove the cards at all). I have used cables in the past, and one problem that pops up is that the USB ports on the cameras eventually wear out and do not connect anymore. This is likely from people attempting to shove the cable in the wrong way, or bumping into the cable while it's in the camera.
- Purchase WIFI memory cards. (Again to prevent the need to remove the cards) I know most of the options here are SD cards (not CF cards), but I have SD to CF adaptors, so that is not an issue. The problem here is that the WIFI adaptors in the computers in my classroom (which are desktops) are likely being removed this summer and everything is being switched over to cables. I am also concerned about having multiple WIFI SD cards all in the same room, and am unsure if students would be able to tell which camera they are connecting to.