"I teach high school digital media arts in Washington State. A year ago my business advisory recommended that we purchase a quadcopter for aerial photography/video so we could train our students to use this new technology. We have develop training materials, pilots exams, policies and procedures that ensure student pilots learn to safely operate this technology under direct adult supervision. http://quadcoptervideo.weebly.com/training-materials.html
We have worked with our AP Environmental Science classes to conduct aerial surveys of local wet lands, taken aerial photographs for the construction company building our new elementary school and are scheduled to work with our local fire and rescue department to record aerial views of their bus evacuation training.
Aerial photography/videography is a transformation technology that has huge potential for journalism, science and public safety. I work with a group of educators that have formed a community to share curriculum around this new technology and we would be interested in working with the FAA to develop training, policies and certification for student pilots.
This technology is already in the hands of our youth so it is our responsibility to educate students how to safely and responsibly use this technology. "