eduSTAR software - Win > Picasa3 resource
Google Picasa is great to organise, edit and create! Organise and manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had. Edit your photos – remove blemishes, fix red-eye, crop and more, Be creative and turn your photos into collages, slideshows and movies.
What can your students do with Google Picasa?
- create a photo collage of your school camp, fete or another school event
- customise a photo collage by changing layout using artistic licence
- add text to photos to tell a storycreate a video slide show using photos to tell a story; select supporting music group photos into common themes
- edit photos by retouching and cropping and creating special effectsshare photos with friends within the class to stimulate discussion about a topic
- Ask the students to become movie makers and use the moviemaker link to add music and narrations to photos taken on school camp or excursions.
- Create a video slide show using photos and music to tell a story. A great way for students to show what they have learnt about a topic.
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.