Using Presentation Tools (PhotoStory 3) in the World Languages Classroom

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PhotoStory3 is an easy-to-use free download that allows you to create photo slideshows with movie effects, music, and narration.  You can edit the photos and audio right in the program, and output the video for use on the web.

Units

Collaborative Tools, Presentation Tools, Video Tools

Duration

2 hours

Standards

Communication, Communities, Connections

LEVEL

Beginner, Intermediate, Novice

WEBSITE

Visit PhotoStory 3 Website

OS

PC Only

PREREQUISITES

Basic use of internet

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the lesson, workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explain what Photo Story3 is and why it is useful to teach languages.
  • List the kind of tasks that would be appropriate for their students using Photo Story3
  • Explain how to design tasks focused on student collaboration.
  • Give an example of one activity in a lesson plan using Photo Story3 in alignment with the Standards for Foreign Language Learning.
  • Describe how to assess students’ learning progress using Photo Story3
  • Critique the effectiveness for language teaching of other Photo Story3 projects
  • Download Photo Story3  and create their own Photo Story3 projects
  • Share their Photo Story3 online.
  • Teach their students how to make their own Photo Story3 projects

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • PC (Software does not work on Mac)
  • Microphone
  • Photos for slideshow

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step by Step Instructions

Familiarization: Why Use PHOTOSTORY 3?

  1. Go to Digital Storytelling: PhotoStory 3 Tutorial to explore PhotoStory3 examples.
  2. List the pros and cons of  the “PhotoStory3” examples.
  3. Describe the potential use of “PhotoStory3” to help meet the objectives of a standards-based class.
  4. List what kind of tasks would be appropriate for use of “PhotoStory3” in your classroom.
  5. Design a list of “PhotoStory3” tasks focused on student collaboration.
  6. Describe how to assess students’ learning progress performed in “PhotoStory3”.
  7. Develop an example of one activity for your daily lesson plan using “PhotoStory3”.

Create Your Activity

  1. Write goals and objectives for your activity.
  2. Identify the task your students will be performing.
  3. List standards addressed in your activity and rationale.
  4. Describe how students will be collaborating.
  5. Explain how your students’ performance will be assessed.

Create a Slideshow with PhotoStory 3

  1. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/PhotoStory/default.mspx and download “Photo Story 3”
  2. Collect images you would like to use, downloaded from The REALIA Project http://www.realiaproject.org/, for example on your computer.
  3. Create a folder and move your images to the folder on your computer.
  4. Open Photo Story 3.
  5. Select Begin a new story and Click Next.   Select "Begin a new story".
  6. Click Import Pictures.
    Click "Import pictures".
  7. Navigate to the folder on your computer that contains images.  Select the image by clicking on it.  Click OK to insert it in Photo Story 3.
    Navigate to the folder on your computer that contains images.
  8. Now you should see the picture uploaded in Photo Story 3.  You should see the image.
  9. To select multiple pictures, click Import Pictures, hold CTRL/Apple key and left click each image.  Click OK.  Repeat this until all the images are imported.
  10. Now you can see all pictures uploaded in Photo Story 3.   Note that the large picture is also highlighted in blue below.
    all images
  11. To rearrange the order of the pictures, click and hold on the picture, move it to the position you would like.  move the picture.
  12. Click your first picture when you are happy with the order of your pictures.   Click Remove Black bordersClick Remove black borders....
  13. Photo Story shows how they will crop your picture, showing Before and After.   removing black borders
  14. Click, hold and drag a handle of the rectangle in the Before box if you want to crop it differently.  Crop as you like.
  15. Click Yes when you are happy with the picture showing in the After box and then click Next.  click yes and next.
  16. Repeat steps #13 through #15 for the remaining pictures. Click yes and next.
  17. Or click Yes to All to have Photo Story crop all the pictures.  You can also edit the picture later if necessary, so do not worry. about this that much at this point.
    Yes to all.
  18. Click OK  when Photo Story finishes removing black borders.  Complete removing black borders.
  19. Click on your first picture and Next.
    Click next.
  20. To add text to your picture, type in the box. Add a title to your pictures.
  21. To change font, style, size, color, etc., click the button indicated by the green arrow.Click here to change fonts.
  22. Click font, style, size, color etc. as you like and see Sample box showing what your text  looks like exactly.  When you are done with the choices, click OK.
    Change font style, size, etc.
  23. Now you see the text as you modified it.   To change the position of the text, click one of the positioning icons.  see the text.
  24. To align your text, click one of these icons. Position your text.
  25. When you are happy with the text for the first picture, click the second picture and repeat the steps from #20.  Repeat the process.
  26. When you are done with the text, click Save Project.  Save the project.
  27. Type the name of your project and click Save.  save your project.
  28. Click Next.
    Click next.
  29. Click on the first picture.  Type your notes or scripts for each picture in the text box.  To record, Click on the red circle.  Narrate your pictures.
  30. Click the blue square to stop recording.  click here to stop recording.
  31. To rerecord, click the arrow pointing down.  click here to record again.
  32. Click yes to Are you sure you want to delete the narration associated with this picture?. Click yes.
  33. Click on the Preview button to listen to your recording.   Listen to your recording.
  34. Click the second picture and repeat the steps from #29. repeat the steps.
  35. When you are done with your recording for all pictures, save your project by clicking the Save Project button.
  36. Click on your first picture and click Customize Motioncustomize motion.
  37. To zoom in, zoom out or pan across the image, click on the Motion and Duration tab and Specify start and end position of motion box.
    Check the box.
  38. You will see the handles (put your curser at the corner of the box) in the Start and the End position boxes.  Use the handles to position the pictures for your desired effect.   For example, if you would like to have Photo Story zoom in on the picture, make a large box in the Start position and make a smaller box in the End position.   Click the Preview button to view the motion.
    Set the desired position.
  39. Click Save when you are happy with the result. click save.
  40. Click the arrow to go to the next picture. Click on arrow.
  41. Repeat the steps from #37 for the remaining pictures.  repeat the steps.
  42. To create transitions between pictures, click the Transition Tab.  Check the Start current picture using a transition box.     Click on one of the Transitions.  You should see the transition in the Transitions box in the middle.
    click the transition tab.
  43. Click arrow to go to the next picture.
    click the arrow.
  44. Click Yes to work on the next picture.
    click yes.
  45. Repeat the steps from #42 for all the remaining pictures. repeat the steps. repeat the steps.
  46. When you are done, click on the Preview button to view the transition.  Click preview.
  47. Click on the square button to stop and X at the right upper hand corner to close the preview window.  Click stop button and close the preview window.
  48. When you are happy with the preview, click Close.  close the transition window.
  49. Click Next.
    click next.  
  50. Click on your first picture to start the background music.
    To add music that is currently on your computer, click Select Music Click on the first picture and "Select Music".
  51. Select the music and click Open.
    Select the music.
    Now you can see the music in Photo Storysee the music.
  52. To lower the volume of the music (recommended), move the volume control device indicated by the green arrow to the left side.
    lower the volume.
  53. You can create your music within Photo Story by clicking on your first photo and Create Music tab.Create music.
  54. Select genre, style, bands, moods, tempo, and intensity for your story.  Click Play to listen to the music.  Click OK if you are happy with your music.
    Select Genre, style, bands, moods, etc. for your story.
  55. Now you can see the music you created.   Click Preview to view your story.
    click preview.
  56. Watch your story and click X at the upper right corner to close the view box.
    Watch your story and click X at the corner to close the view box.
  57. When you are done with the music, click Save Project. Click save project.
    Note: If you are not happy with any aspect of your Photo Story, click the Back button at the bottom and go back to the place where you can modify text, audio, music, etc.  at any time.
  58. Click Next.
    Click next.
  59. Click Save your story for playback on your computer.
    Save your story.
  60. Click Browse and navigate to where you would like to save your Photo Story. Specify the location and file name of your story.
  61. Name your Photo Story and click Save.
    save your story.
  62. Click Next.
    Click next.
  63. Your movie is being saved in .wmv formatcreating the file.
  64. Your story has been created and you should be able to see it by selecting the file where you save it. Information about your story.
    In this example, you should see your story as a .wmv file, which looks like this on the desk top.  With this format, your story can be viewed with standard Windows Media Player and uploaded to your YouTube account.   Once you save it in .wmv format, you will not able to edit the movie.
    .wmvfile
  65. Click Exit to close Photo Story.
    Click Exit to finish.
    You should see your story, which is saved in .ps3 format and looks like this.  As long as you save the project, this is where you can edit your story if necessary by opening Photo Story.
    ps3file

Additional Resources and Works Cited

Activity Management

  1. Go to STARTALK Classroom Video Collection.
    http://www.startalk.umd.edu/teacher-development/videos
  2. View Fetna Mikati ‘s class at Kent University.
    http://www.startalk.umd.edu/teacher-development/videos/2009/Kent-Arabic#description
  3. List the objectives of her lesson.
  4. Describe how the objectives are met and which standards were addressed.
  5. Go to DIGITAL STORYTELLING: PHOTOSTORY 3 TUTORIAL
    http://millie.furman.edu/mll/tutorials/photostory3/index.htm
  6. View examples #3, #6 and #7 of the PhotoStory3 Demo
    http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/task/photostory/ps3demos.htm
  7. List the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of PhotoStory3 examples.
  8. Come back to the classroom video and explain the potential use of PhotoStory3 to help meet the objectives of Fetna Mikati ‘s class.
  9. List what kind of tasks would be appropriate for Fetna Mikati ‘s students to help meet her objectives using “PhotoStory3”.
  10. Explain how to design “PhotoStory3” tasks for Fetna Mikati’s students focused on student collaboration.
  11. Describe how to assess students’ learning progress performed in “PhotoStory3”.
  12. Develop an example of one activity for your daily lesson plan using “PhotoStory3”.
  13. Write goals and objectives for your activity.
  14. Identify the task your students will be performing.
  15. List standards addressed in your activity and rational.
  16. Describe how students will be collaborating.
  17. Explain how your students’ performance will be assessed.
  18. Students create their own PhotoStory 3
  19.  Students share their PhotoStory 3 online.

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