As an Apple fan boy I'm supposed to dislike everything made by Microsoft, and, by and large, I do. There is one notable exception, however, and I really like it! It's called PhotoStory and it has been around a long time. Photostory allows users to quickly and easily create a "video" slideshow by blending images, voice annotation and music. Once you have created your PhotoStory, you can (and should) share it with the world using your favorite video sharing website (like YouTube or Vimeo). For teachers, the possibilities of this tool are endless. Here are a few examples of how we have used PhotoStory at my school. Hopefully this will get your creative juices flowing enough for you to try on out.:
WWII vocabulary - This idea was borrowed from this video I came across. The students were really into the creation of it and I believe the words will stick with them for a while. Naturally, now that it is online they can watch them anytime they want too.
Technology-Fueled Professional Development- Ok, the first two were student projects, but teachers can use PhotoStory to create their own projects too. This example is a commercial for a professional development day. This one also used PowerPoint first to create each image but everything else was done in PhotoStory. Teachers could easily create tutorials, summaries, homework assignments (think: video word problems), or even "teaser" trailers for upcoming events and projects.
PhotoStory is free to users of Microsoft Windows. Mac users, of course, have access to the excellent iMovie, which comes free with all Macs. Using iMovie, users can create similar projects with the added benefit of being able to add video clips as well (PhotoStory can only handle images and pictures).
More examples of projects using PhotoStory:
- Benjamin Banneker Documentary
- Titanium - This was a sample for students. They created their own periodic videos.
- Meet the Principal - Teachers could create their own!
- How I Study
- Liberty Enlightening the World - A sample documentary that students followed.
- The Three Pigs- Sample digital storytelling project. Used CoreFX for drawings.