Photo Story

1. Overview of Photo Story
2. Selecting Images for Photo Story
3. Incorportating Music and Sound
4. Cautions When Using Photo Story
5. Using Photo Story within Your Content Area

1. Overview of Photo Story

Photo story can be a great way to get students involved in the classroom.
As a future physical education major, PhotoStory can be used for a variety of reasons in the classroom. PhotoStory can be used as a motivational factor. A PhotoStory could be put together for a lesson being taught and then it can be presented. Different techniques could be used to present this lesson. For example, if a lesson on basketball is going to be taught, professional basketball athletes could be used to inspire the classroom. IPhotoStory could be very encouraging for students. Contributed by Cory Taylor.
PhotoStory would also be a good tool for the motivation of students in a physical education class. It would be a great idea to create a PhotoStory of the students' progress from the beginning of an unit to the end of an unit. It would be motivational for the students to work hard in order to get their pictures in the story as well as to see how their practice paid off. PhotoStory can also be a great way to build the anticipatory set before going into the lesson.

This is a good tool to incorporate into PE classes as well as other subject areas because it uses cooperative learning to accomplish goals. This helps one teacher and help lessen the workload between the two.
Photo Story seems like it could be used in so many different ways. One way that the students might really enjoy it is by using it with sports or clubs. They could put together a photo story of pictures throughout the year and make seperate ones for each event or season, if they wanted. Everyone likes to see pictures. Add some inspirational music and words--and they will love it!
Photo Story PhotoStory is an amazing tool to use in education. From the endless options you can Google, to the complete ease of importing pictures from your personal computer, Photostory is just awesome. In addition, it is interesting to know that PowerPoint slides can be saved as .jpeg files and then imported into PhotoStory, just like a picture. With any content area, the possibilities available are endless. Research has shown that students easily remember material when presented in rythmn or when music is involved. PhotoStory is simple to use and adding the music is a lot of fun. The use of this program could make some really memorable moments for the students. When using PhotoStory, make sure you include text on each of your slides so students will be able to follow along with what is occuring. PhotoStory can be an excellent tool within the classroom because a material can be presented using a variety of media. Using PhotoStory in the classroom is a great idea for projects, presentations, or introducing new material. This is also an excellent program to use for projects. Students could easily put together a presentation for any content area.

Although the PhotoStory was extremely time-consuming and frustrating trying to save the document properly, I enjoyed this assignment. The options on how to implement this software in education are countless. The ability to upload any pictures and music is extremely beneficial. This allows the teacher and students to filter out any inappropriate materials which should not be shown in the classroom. For this assignment, my partner and I decided to create a promotional video on the benefits of getting involved in college. We were able to incorporate music which was in alignment to particular pictures. For example, when we had two pictures of SEMO fans at a basketball game. The music we played was the chant "Go Southeast!" Adding appropriate music to pictures draws the audience into the presentation, and ultimately into the information presented. This is one simple way to implement this software in the classroom. However, as stated above, the possibilities are countless. All it takes is a little creativity.

2. Selecting Images

When creating a PhotoStory it is important to select pictures and images that are clear. Avoid using thumbnails, as they will blur when they are enlarged. Also you need to make sure you have an original copy of the image. Any picture that is not an original can become distorted and will be very difficult to view during the presentation. In addition, sometimes the captions can be hard to see. Therefore, it is important to compare different fonts when applying titles and captions to certain photos. When you are searching for pictures such as, on Google Images, look for pixels that are larger. These pictures will show up clearer in your PhotoStory. It is very important to look at the details of your pictures to ensure that it will display well in the PhotoStory program.
Another option when creating slides for your PhotoStory is to construct the slides in PowerPoint and save each slide as a JPEG. By using this method, you can create captions and effects for each picture that go beyond what you can do in Photostory. Making the pictures more appealing will cause the students to stay interested.


3. Music and Sound

Finding the right music to play, along with your photo story is the key to your students really retaining what they are seeing. Be cautious of how you mix the music as it can overpower your narration and cause students to lose interest and become distracted. If using outside the classroom remember not to play a whole song because this would violate copyright laws. PhotoStory allows adjustments to be made to the time intervals of each photo and transition. It is important to pay attention to how much time is alloted for each photo to insure that the music chosen will fit appropriately with the images. The program also allows allows you to create your own song by selecting the type of music and the mood you want to convey. Numerous music combinations can be made with this feature. Once you select a music type such as classical you can choose the instruments played as well as the tempo. The music feature is amazing because there are many possiblities for sound. Audio recordings can be uploaded to PhotoStory.There are many audio recordings avaliable on the internet for free download. Actual recordings of speeches, interviews, and other audio clips can be uploaded to Photostory. Another aspect that is great about PhotoStory is the ease of operation. This is a very user-friendly program. To make a high quality ten-picture show, it only takes probably thirty minutes or less to make. Using other programs can be complicated and time consuming whereas creating a PhotoStory can be very simple.
What you may also want to do is edit the song you which to use or other recordings so that the part you want to be in the PhotoStory is being heard. There are many free programs that you can find online that allow you to crop songs or other audio files to the exact portion you want.


4. Cautions When Using Photo Story

When using pictures from a CD, make sure you download the pictures onto 'C' drive first. The program will not save if pictures are not on your computer. You may have to start over. Save your pictures under My Documents-My Pictures. If this is done first, it will save you a lot of time. Many pictures saved to your computer will slow down its speed, so when you are finished delete pictures.Also for those students who are not using their own computer, make sure to save or download the pictures on a flashdrive or "removal disk." Saving your pictures to your flashdrive or other portable device will help prevent the loss of data needed for your Photostory. Also, when using bought music from ITunes, you are not able to load that music to use in your Photo Story.

5. Using Photostory within your Content Area

susan-rogers-Books.jpgLanguage Arts / Foriegn Language Education
PhotoStory is a great tool for presenting vocabulary and simple concepts in Language Arts and Foriegn Language. The program would be useful to any content area that presents new vocabulary on a regular basis. A PhotoStory can include images and sounds associated with vocabulary being presented. In foriegn language classes pictures of the vocabulary items can be displayed, labeled with the desired language, and audio clips of the pronunciation of the word or phrase can be played. This would be a great way of integrating different music from the target-language's culture. When teaching students parts of language, such as articles or aggreement, PhotoStory can provide examples of correct and incorrect sentence structure. Providing visual examples of a concept aids students in making real connections to the material. A good Photostory can bring a vocabulary list to life or hearing audio of correct grammar and pronouncation can help reinforce the lesson. Not only are visual examples a good way of introducing a topic to students but it also make a lesson more exciting than a regular lecture. You can also use PhotoStory as an introductory tool into a new unit. For example, if you are going to be reading works from Edgar Allan Poe, PhotoStory is a great way to showcase his life and give biographical information that may be pertinent to his writing. This is also is a good way to show students pictures and music from countries that speak the language you are teaching.

I think PhotoStory is great as a front-loading activity. Creating a "music video" with clips and quotes from a book or film the students are familiar with is a great way to get them interested in the unit you're getting ready to start. Also, drawing upon the students' memories, experiences, and emotions is also a great way to front-load historical literature or events that highlight the unit. The students will appreciate something that is thought-provoking. Photostory is also useful to create a pictorial time line that can be used for frontloading as well. My photostory was about highlights of the Civil Rights movement that could be used as frontloading for To Kill a Mockingbird or any other related story.

Another great way to use it in a language arts class would be to have students create a type of "graphic novel" of a short story or novel (or even a poem) that they are reading. They could use images they find or images they create themselves, mixed with dialogue, and could play it as a presentation to the class as their own version of the short story or novel. Use the Vark tests to see what the class' main learning style is. A photo story lesson would work great with visual learners, verbal learners, and those who learn with hands on would be able to learn through a photo story activity. The majority of students in the United States are visual learners so odds are that this lesson will work in any classroom.

I think PhotoStory is by far one of the best softwares technology has to offer these days. Photostory not only shows pictures but, through transitions makes this pictures come to life. With the addition of music, Photostory adds more swing into projects. As an English major one of the ways I would use Photostory is through a student generated story. I wish the school I did my Block III field experience at had Photostory. I would have the students start out with a general picture of their topic and three following pictures to support their main topic picture.

shoes_prg22.gifPhysical Education Physical Education can use PhotoStory to show the progression of skills. This is another way to show students how to do certain techniques, without just using a demonstration by the teacher. This way, the students can watch and learn, while the teacher can explain what is happening. All of this can happen while their is music is in the background. It would also be great for a coach to show different pictures that have been taken throughout the season.

Another great thing about PhotoStory in Physical Education is that because of PhotoStory's ability to use a timeline, you can teach a sports history lesson a lot easier with the tools that Photostory has. Photos and music along with the correct information is more useful to the student than reading a chapter on the history of a sport. This way the teacher can modify the highlights and also it uses visualization concepts which helps many students learn.

PhotoStory can be a great tool for documenting a unit in a meaningful, dynamic way. I saw a PhotoStory slideshow which archived a sports education curriculum model that was implemented in an elementary school. The undergraduate students who designed and managed the unit taught a 4th grade class floor hockey by using the sport education curriculum model. PhotoStory was a great tool to show all the work that the students did during the unit. Pictures and music were used to create a presentation showing the championship event that the students created on the final day of the unit. All key components were captured on digital cameras and presented in a PhotoStory slideshow.

I think that physical education can use this for highlight videos of sporting events. I think that a good project idea would be to have the students do a highlight video of a sporting event. This was it will let the students get involved with out of school activities, and they are using the technology.
I think PhotoStory is a great creative tool for physical education. PhotoStory can work well for a health class, coaching, and as a end of the year video used at an awards banquett. I can use the program in PE as a way to show skill progression. I can use it as an introduction to a unit. I can use it for health as a nutrition guide, unit introduction, etc. I can collect pictures throughout a coaching season and make a video of the seniors. I'd make copies that way the seniors have it to remember their time on the team. I can also have my students work with this program and become familiar with it. I can assign a project for them to cover. It could be over a sport, a skill, nutrition, fitness, etc. This will allow my students to be creative, learn more, and teach the class. I could also learn more from my students by this.
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PhotoStory is awesome for presenting material to students. You could use it to introduce new material or highlight important events. Social Studies students can use PhotoStory to to present research on historial events and important people. Students researching a historical figure can find primary sources from the individual's time and upload them into their presentation. A student creating a PhotoStory of FDR can upload primary sources such as letters, journals, speeches, and other important documents written by the president. Sound can also be added to enhance the presentation. Audio recordings of FDR's "fireside chats" or "declaraton of war" can be uploaded to accompany relevant pictures. Music is important to conveying the mood of the PhotoStory. Using primary music can help convey the historical context of the time. Presentations on FDR or WWII could use music from the era to help communicate the mood. There are many websites that have historical music clips for free download. A great site for WWII (1941-1945) would include Photo Story takes some work and effort to create a compelling story but it worth the work. In the end Photo Story is more captivating than a power point. The ability to combine photos and music from the era being presented is much more effective than other presentation tools. For a busy teacher there are many good Photo Stories avaliable on the web on sites such as at Teacher Tube and a site that would be especially helpful to Social Studies teachers,Connections

PhotoStory is a great tool that can be used in Social Studies. The combination of music, text and sound is great to form connections between people and events that are authentic. However, it is not without its downfalls. The thing that bothered me most about PhotoStory was that the transitions and picture movement were hard to manage. I knwe what i want to get the program to do , but it just wouldn't do it. I sat t\ in the computer lab for several hours trying to perfect my transitions and still didn't get the right.

I believe PhotoStory is a feature that can be incorporated into social studies classrooms as a way to help students learn material through sight and sound. I enjoyed doing this assignment during class. Caitlyn and I created out PhotoStory over the GI's during Vietnam. We assembled several pictures along with a John Lennon song to convey the pain and triumph these soldiers faced during the Vietnam War. In addition, my cooperating teacher, Mr. Mabuce, actually used this program during his lesson over the West. He showed various pictures of Indians in the West along with native music. This incorporated both official Indian pictures with their music in order to emphasize their history and culture.

The concept of teaching Social Studies in a cyclical manner is common, and tphotostory takes advantage of that. In learning history teachers attempt to make it engaging and therefore its taught in a story-like format. This makes it easier to understand implications that certain events have on the future, or the past. If preseneted with the task of creating photo-stories I believe that stiudents will have an incredible amount of knowledge of theie topic.

I think that the use of PhotoStory in the Social Studies classroom would be great because it can help students learn a certain topic through a story. The subject of history, whether it be American History or World History, has many stories and the use of PhotoStory can help present those stories and bring them to life to the students. PhotoStory can be a great tool to compliment a lecture or help introduce a certain topic. This is one program that I believe is being used by Social Studies teachers in the field as they held many workshops on it during the American History Showcase this past fall. It is a great tool that is available for Social Studies teachers and I would use it in my classroom.

Mathematics Education external image Math%20Symbols.gif I think PhotoStory is a great tool for mathematics teachers to use in their classroom too. Visual representations are a crucial part of teaching mathematics. There are so many different abstract/complex concepts in mathematics that pictures make it much easier to understand them. PhotoStory is also a tool math teachers can use to show students real life situations that use mathematics. When I created a PhotoStory for this assignment, I designed a picture story about tessellations. I used pictures from real world examples that show a shape being repeated. For example, I took a picture of a tile floor to show how squares are tessellated. From this video clip, I think it gave the students a better idea of what tessellations are. I think that being able to use PhotoStory in a math classroom would come in handy in so many ways. The only problem is that it can be a little time consuming to create and entire photo show, so I would have to think really hard about what lesson, or lessons, I would use photo story so that it would be the most helpful and useful for the given lesson. I think that a huge positive for PhotoStory is that it is a different way to present information, and I think in a lot of ways it would grab the students attention much more than a normal lesson where the teacher is just standing in front of the class preaching to the students.
So many times, students will look at math as a mess of letters and numbers which mean nothing. I specifically saw this in the geometry class I taught during Block III. The students were learning to write equations of lines and graph them. Many students complained that they thought the material was useless and that they'd never use it again. Using PhotoStory to take pictures of everyday things they encounter which were created using the equation of a line would make the material more meaningful. A PhotoStory containing pictures of the bridge they cross to get to school, the football field they play on, and the stairs and wheelchair ramps they use to enter the buildings would give them ownership of the material as well as more understanding.
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Photo Story can be a valuable tool in the music classroom. Music students may use Photo Story to showcase their own individual compositions. Students can save their recordings (for example: students can use Photo Story as a sound story) and use their entire piece. Photo Story can be used as a visual enhancer to music lessons and helps students learn using all their senses. If you select music for one slide, the music will continue playing unless you tell it to stop. This allows you to create a film with the music changing as the pictures shift.
Teachers can also use this tool to teach a class the different instruments or instrument families with sound clips on each slide. Another fun concept would be showing the class how different instruments are made by doing a step-by-step photo story showing the process.
Theory and composition professors may also use Photo Story to explain form in music. With the correct video footage, the teacher could have certain images appear during the exposition of the sonata allegro, then another set of images for the development, then a set of images similar to the exposition for the recapitulation.

I have found that using Photo Story to show young students how to put their instruments together, take them apart, and how to keep them clean and take care of them works well. It is a simple enough for young students to understand, and you can burn the story onto a disc for students to take home and use. It works well because you can take pictures of correct posture, fingerings, and whatever else you want to explain, but you don't have to video anything. You may also use a recording of one of your higher-level bands to help inspire the young students.

Photo Story can also be used as a visual way of listening to performing ensembles. With pictures related to the past year or subjects of the songs, a band or choir's performances can be set as the background music. This could enhance the listening of the music as well as showcase the ensembles at the end of the year. Photo Story is the perfect program for putting together a slide show for the last concert of the year. Photos from rehearsals, contests/competitions, other concerts, and field trips can be put together with recordings from previous performances to sum up the students’ experience in their class.

Science Ed
Using PhotoStory in a science classroom would be a great way of showing students the relationships between the different topics covered in the class. For example, in a biology classroom, we frequently create links and relationships between different organisms, life systems, biology functions, etc. By beginning a web construction at the beginning of the year and developing it throughout the year, students would be able to look back and see where these relationships are and read notes about what establishes this relationships. I have seen photostory used by my block II teacher in a science classroom and the students loved it. They created photostories about rocks because the unit was about the different types rocks. They were required to pick a different type of rock and tell the story of the processes the rock goes through. They students got really creative and enjoyed the project.
FACS and Photostory
I would enjoy using photostory in FACS for family relation assignments. One way to practice family systems is have students identify a family system within their friend groups. They have to identify the "mother," the "baby," etc. It is definitely an assignment for older students but they do have fun with it. Students love pictures of themselves and their friends so the using pictures would make the assignment even more interesting. Photostory would be a creative way to have the students present their "family" to the class. Two days in the computer lab would be ample time to create a Photostory that provides enough information. The only trick would be getting the students' pictures to the computer lab safely.

Another way that FAC's teachers can use photostory is in our foods class. We can have the students do an at home assignment with their parents. They would take pictures of getting the groceries then take pictures of the supplies you need to cook with, take pictures while making the food and then the final outcome of what the food looked like. Then in the class room we can see each students project. This is a great way to get their parents involved and for them to try cooking by themselves instead of always cooking in the classroom. Plus some people are shy when in front of the class, this is a great way to show the class your work and still kind of be behind the curtains.

I love PhotoStory. Before this class I had seen presentations people had made using the program but had never worked with it myself. I think it is a great resource to use in the classroom, for both teachers and students. It is so easy to work with nearly anyone could use the program. As a teacher it is an easy way to put together a powerful presentation about any topic. I think when done well a photostory program can really get the students attention. Also, students can use the program to make a presentation showing what they have learned about a particular topic. They could make a slideshow of civil war battles or on showing the requirements to be president. Either way, this is a program I plan on using in my classroom.
Along with teaching in the FACS class, most FACS teachers are the advisor of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). These advisors could have thier FCCLA officers use photostory to try and recruit new members to the organization. The officers could upload pictures of events that FCCLA host and places that they travel. This will hopefully get more students interested in the organization and get more students to join!

Speech and Theatre and Photostory
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Photostory could be a great addition to a speech and theatre classroom. Theatre and speech is a dying breed, but is still part of the school setting, often integrated into a Language Arts classroom. Speech and theatre students need to focus on improv speeking, castings, and aspects of the stage and theatre performances. Photostory could be used to portray diagrams of stage sections, (upstage, downstage,etc.) to help studnets fully understand what theatrical terms mean.
Another way photostory could be used would be to have images of a stage performance of any play, especially one previous students have performed, set up in a slide show style to use for introduction to the play for this semester's students.
As for the speech aspect, photostory could be used to help aid the students in understanding improv, formal, commencement, and instructive speeches by providing examples via photostory.

Art Photo Story
Photo story can be used in art room to create a fictional artist perspective in history. Photo story is a good pedagogical example, because it gets the students more involved in their lesson. It becomes an immerse experience. It allows for visual and auditory learning capacities. It can definitely allow for more of a lecture based objective. For example it would allow for a history lesson that would be more interesting than just a teacher standing in front of the class talking about a given subject.

The instructional question is “What will catch the students’ attention?” As stated in the above explanation we will create multiple creative ways to immerse the students in historical dialogues between art pieces that achieve multiple learning goals. In the Art sector of education there are many areas where digital technology can and should be used to enhance the lessons. However art is also a VERY kinesthetic area where much of the time is devoted to production in physical areas. Some of these medias such as clay and paint would not create environments conducive to long living technology. I.E. Paint being splattered on smart boards or key boards.

Gardner’s multiple intelligences are definitely the one being used within this lesson. The reason for this is there are several areas of intelligence being used. It involves the students on so many levels that there just about any student with any form of learning intelligence would be involved.

Considerations that need to be considered are finding an available location to have enough computers. Also is there even enough funding available to have multiple computers for the students. I think you could have two or three students per computer, however many more than that and it may become crowded and unproductive. Also purchase of the software to accomplish such lessons. Time also needs to be factored in. if there are multiple students per computer then it would obviously take longer if each one needs to create an individual project.