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Ideas for Photostory 3 Projects

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 Classroom Photostory Project Ideas

Now you know how to create a Photostory Project-- need an idea for a classroom project? Check out the ideas below and then add your own so we'll have a great resource page!


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Fieldtrips -- Take pictures during a fieldtrip, import them into Photostory, have the children sequence them, write a storyboard to go with the show, have the children narrate. Once the show is finished, you can run it during Open House or for guests. Burn these to CDs at the end of the year for a collection of what was learned during the year.
Introduction to our school -- Let students take pictures of people and places around the school. Import the pictures and let students narrate (from their written script), add some music and viola! you have an introduction to your school, ready to burn to a CD and hand out to a new member of the class.
Book Review -- Use this format for student's to create book reviews for the library.
Phonics -- Sounds and alphabet letters. As a teacher you can create the show by adding the images, then let your students finish the show by narrating the sounds. This can even be a form of assessment.

Review some of those English rules--- Idioms: by Rhonda Curtsinger's Fifth Graders. 

Use it as an assessment-- create PowerPoint slides with the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, etc. Have the kids put them in order and then record.
Interviews of parents, people in the community, siblings, school personnel, etc. Oral history projects would be great!
Scientific Process-- explain any processes or experiments
Reports --  instead of a paper or PowerPoint presentation-- create a more polished presentation
This would be a great resource for those ESL students or those taking a language class. They can always take pictures or download free images and narrate those.
Create a family timeline-- Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events
 Sports Hightlight Film-- Photostory would be great to create a highlight video of your sports team. Monica Bryant
 Create a Historical timeline-- Photostory would help students create a historical timeline that could be used in History or English classes. Monica Bryant
 A Look at Our Year-- Photostory would be great to show what our year looked like.  Take pictures throughout the year and make a yearbook. Sue Ann Johnson
 Story Map-  Have draw pictures or act out each of the story elements to aid comprehension. Daniele McKee
 Reading Skill Practice- Have draw or act out different reading skills, like cause and effect on Photostory. Daniele McKee
 Family Interviews -- Have students interview a grandparent or other relative, then use pictures taken during the interview, or family photographs, to create a pictorial version of the interview.  (Jill Knight)
 School year happenings -- Have students use Photostory3 to create projects illustrating various things that have happened during the school year.  These projects can also be posted to the school's Web site.  (Jill Knight)
 School Rules - At the beginning of the year take pictures of the students following class and school rules and use it to go over and review rules throughout the year. (Jennifer Fletcher)
 Fun Day Memories - Take pictures at school fun day and use photostory 3 to show them to the kids. (Jennifer Fletcher)
 Architecture: I teach a housing class, and as the students are learning about the different types of architecture, they can locate the pictures from the internet that correspond with their project theme.  Theycan then narrate their project so that their presentation is complete. (Paige Culwell)
 Family Tree:  I also teach a parenting and child development class.  Part of the course work is to look at their family tree by names and date, and then create a presentation about their family.  Photo Story 3 would allow them to do this and make it something they can definitely keep for future generations---or at least as long as new computer programs can read old information.  (Paige Culwell)
 Book Review:  Have students give book reviews about their favorite book or reviews about their favorite part of a certain book.  Sue Ann Johnson
Paperless Research Paper:  What a great vehicle for presenting information.  The paper can be written and/or the Photostory 3 final product could be used to share the research via a kiosk.     (Michelle Ellis)
Getting to Know You Autobiography:  Administrators, teachers, other school personel could use Photostory 3 to introduce themselves to students.  Students could also construct an autobiography as an icebreaker. (Michelle Ellis)
 Describing my friends: For the foreign language class, you may have your students take pictures of some of their friends or classmates and create a photostory using adjectives in the  foreign language  to describe the physical characteristics and personality of them. ( Astrid Perez)
Mi arbol genealogico: In the foreign language class, the students create a family tree from their family or an imaginary family. They may use their real pictures or clip art pictures and then they describe the family members and their characteristics in the foreign language. Great for practicing adjectives and nouns in the language.( Astrid Perez)

Other ideas from: http://www.teachnet.ie/innovative_teacher/default.asp?NCID=365


  • Talking book
  • Number book
  • Shape book
  • Famous artist, writer, singer
  • Famous historical person or building
  • Scientific processes
  • Favourite Sportsperson
  • My Hero
  • A Day in the Life
  • Local historical landmark   

MFL teacher Joe Dale looks at how to use the freebie Photo Story 3 to bring photos to life in the classroom and create engaging learning resources


You can use photo stories to...

  • present new vocabulary using individual objects or by miming actions
  • to practice dialogue work such as buying different items in a shop or asking for directions
  • to give a description of your daily routine or local area for example
  • to design a comic strip
  • to make a record of a trip
  • to put together a multimedia resource for your partner school 

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling


Educators at all levels can use Digital Storytelling in many ways, from introducing new material to helping students learn to conduct research, synthesize large amounts of content and gain expertise in the use of digital communication and authoring tools. It also can help students organize these ideas as they learn to create stories for an audience, and present their ideas and knowledge in an individual and meaningful way.

Digital Stories

This website was designed to showcase digital stories told by students, teachers and our community.

Life'Round Here


As part of a project, called "Life'Round here" created by Chris Craft. Students from around the world create a story in PhotoStory (or iMovie) to tell other students what is life like in their "neck of the woods".


Examples from my students in Florida. Life 'Round Here" http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjeds/sets/72157609003145533/


Here are examples from all participants- Year 2- (Thailand, Qatar, New Zealand, USA, and Portugal



Examples from all participants Year 1-





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