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Microsoft  Photo Story – ‘show and tell’ has become cool again, as Photo Story allows you to create multimedia video presentations using still images. Small file sizes make it easy to send and share photo stories in an e-mail. 

There are lots of ways to use Photo Story in your classrooms: 

  • Bring photos to life and tell a story by adding stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration
  • Personalise your photos with titles and captions
  • Share your photo stories by emailing them to family and friends.  
  • Three-way conferencing using Microsoft Photo Story
  • Report time is coming up. How about the students use
  • Photo Story and digital cameras to take photos of themselves using the netbooks.
  • They can add audio to the images and share with their parents at their three-way conferences.
Getting started

Visit the following website for more information about Photo Story

Stories from the classroom

 Story 1

Grade 6 students from Ouyen P-12 College recently went on a two-day leadership camp where they experienced a range of difficult activities that required them to apply leadership and collaborative qualities, in order to succeed. The students used digital cameras to capture shots of their stay, and created videos using Flip cameras to capture their ‘journey’ whilst at camp.

On returning back to school, the students wrote a script and used Audacity to reflect on their experiences. As a part of their homework, the students were asked to choose eight digital shots and use them in Photo Story to explain their actions at the camp. This was then shown to their parents at home. Students were also required to add the two days to their learning journals in a Word document, and use Google Sketch Up, to recreate the structures encountered during the activities.

Students will burn the files made with Audacity and Photo Story onto a CD and present it to the local council to show the students’ experiences, and thank them for allowing the camp to occur at no cost. This is a valuable lesson to demonstrate to the students that they need to be accountable when receiving external finance, and also to involve the community more in their learning journeys.  

Story 2

Netbooks and reading

Students at Coolaroo South Primary School are using netbooks as part of their reading program. The students have been investigating imagery, and discussing the messages implied by the image, particularly in texts with illustrating authors, such as Sean Tan, Shel Silverstein and Anthony Browne.

Last term, the class shared the text ‘The Missing Piece’ by Shel Silverstein, and discussed the effectiveness of the simple images and words to clearly portray a meaningful message. Students were then asked to use their imaginations and any program on their netbook, to create an animation to respond, retell, twist or extend the story.

The response to this task was overwhelmingly positive as students invested their own time and energies in creating and sharing animations using programs such as PowerPoint, Photo Story, MovieMaker, Paint and Picasa. The students were so impressed by their work that they invited the Grade1/2s to read the book and to watch some of the animations. ‘The Missing Piece’ animation project was so successful that another Silverstein text to respond to this term has been chosen, and the students have been given the task of creating another animated response, using a program they are not as familiar with. The students are working hard to iron out some of the technical challenges to produce an animation to meet their own expectations, and have begun to rely on each other for support and sharing expertise.

Maree Campion and the 5/6C Animators   

Story 3 

Do you know that four schools in the Grampians region are linking up with some Ballarat cultural organisations in an exciting new project called the Goldfields Diary Project?

 In the second half of 1855, with the echoes of the gunfire at Eureka barely fading, an anonymous digger wrote daily entries in his diary, capturing a taste of life on the diggings.

Education Officers from Sovereign Hill, the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Eureka Centre are joining forces with staff and students from Cape Clear, Linton, Little Bendigo and Magpie Primary Schools to bring the diary back to life. Students are selecting an entry in the diary and recreating the day in a Photo Story. Soundscapes and narration will then be added using Audacity, and students will also be able to make use of the facilities of the partnering organisations to locate appropriate images and information.

The schools are using primary source documentation from the State Library of Victoria that is over 150 years old. The project wiki includes a PDF copy of the Digger’s Diary, podcasts of some journal readings by Sovereign Hill actor Barry Kay and support pages from the supporting institutions, as well as pages for reflection from the schools involved. With unfamiliar mining terminology and language, don’t forget to visit the glossary of terms!

Please regularly visit the wiki to keep up-dated about the wonderful work of these four primary schools.