Welcome to The Digital Photostory Session!
Session Goals: As your facilitator, I want you to leave with something you can use with children. That being said, I think a solid plan and product are the two areas I would like to attain. If your children are producing a PhotoStory, you do not necessarily need to create one yourself. I would recommend you do create one so there is an example of your expectations for students to see prior to designing their learning product. REMEMBER THERE ARE ATTACHMENTS AND VIDEOS AT THE BOTTOM THAT WILL ASSIST YOU THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IN USING THIS TECHNOLOGY.
What to Keep in Mind
- The work here is up front. It takes a lot of planning and preparation.
- Creation is the highest level of understanding.
Instructionally Designing a Photostory Lesson
Step 1: Planning Process
Step 2: Pictures
Do I need to find pictures online for kids to use or will they be creating their own? If they are creating their own, I need a document camera or digital camera to take pictures of their work to import into the program. What is our school/district stance on age appropriate citations? Will this work be shared with the world through the internet?
Step 3: Get all materials ready to work with students
Print the story board from the attachment section at the bottom of the page. Students should plan the order of their pictures and write a script prior to opening the Photostory program. This will reduce wasted time and keep the assignment focused. Have the pictures in an accessible folder for students to import. If you are working with very young children, consider having the teacher import the pictures and aid students in the recording process.
Step 4: Open the Progam and Create the Photostory
- Below are two different tutorials for the Photostory Program. One is a word document with pictures and the other is a step by step video. The videos are at the bottom of the page under the attachment section.
Step 5: Saving Your Photostory
When you get to the point that you are ready to save your final version as a Window's Media Player File, name it something different than your rough draft. In many cases teachers and students convert the file only to find they made mistakes and can no longer fix them after publishing it in final form. Keeping the rough draft solves this problem and allows infinite editing opportunities.
Pictures and Creative Commons
Remember to use creative commons pictures so that you are not liable for copyright legal issues. Creative commons pictures are ones in which the creators allow you to reuse them. Some want no credit or citation and others want you to cite their screen name or personal name.
WHEN IN DOUBT, CITE SOMETHING! WHETHER IT IS THE WEBSITE, URL, OR AUTHOR NAME, GIVE CREDIT IF YOU ARE UNSURE! STAY AWAY FROM ALL DISNEY PRODUCTS AS THEY WILL AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE YOU FOR FOR ILLEGAL USE OF THEIR PRODUCTS.
Here is the link to the advanced image search on Google where you can filter results by permission to use and alter pictures.
Google Advanced Image Search---at the bottom of the page, at the last drop down box, select the last option which says "labeled for commercial reuse with modification." You will still need to give the author credit in some way but this will allow you to place these Photostories on your website or show them without fear of copyright infringment issues.