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Life Around Here - Digital Storytelling Project

Middle School students around the world have created photo slide show projects called "Life 'round here".

Watch some of their videos at "Life 'round here" completed projects

Be sure to watch Holly | Richie | Kim | Dana and Tala

As you watch each video - look for a theme.

What transitions are used between images?

Examine - How does the project conclude?

Next - watch M.S.K. Running by Morne Solomon

Make your own photo project.

Tell others about life or a special part of life around your home, your school or your community.

Important Advice.

Decide on a theme.

Plan ahead. Use a Videomap(doc) | pdf version to chart your course.

Write a tentative script.

Take/find the photos.

Adjust the script for unplanned, opportune additions.

Always be safe. Contrary to what you may see on TV, no cool or humorous shot is worth getting injured.

Here are the guidelines for the project

1. Use Microsoft Photo Story (free) or Apple's iMovie to create the show.

camera Read the tutorial: Tech learning's PhotoStory Tutorial or Photo Story tutorials by David Jakes.

camera Watch the iMovie tutorial | iMovie 08 tutorial | Create an iMovie Project | Support

camera iMovie tips and tutorials camera Using photos in iMovie tutorial

camera Begin with an idea and a storyboard | iMovie storyboard form | Storyboard 2

camera Movie rubrics - Rubric 1| Rubric 2 | Rubric 3 | Video Project Rubric | MYO Rubric


2. Your project should begin with a title and an introduction.

It must contain at least 10 photos or images. The project should be no longer than 5 minutes.

3. If you use someone else's photos or images, an attribution slide must be included at the end of your project. Other people's photos must be licensed under Creative Commons or be public domain images.

4. Take your photos. Read Tell the story in pictures.

  • If you plan to include people's faces, get their permission, first. Respecting each person's privacy is a vital human right. (Did you notice how the kids at Richie's school avoided clear shots of people's faces?)
  • What is your school's policy about taking photos of students in school? Find out.
  • Generally, photos of people taken out of school in public places may not require special permission.
  • It is always best to learn the laws and rules in your area or state BEFORE you take photos.

Always take a few more photos than you anticipate needing. It is much easier to delete an extra photo, than to need one at the last minute.

camera Here are great tips about taking photos.

5. Narrate the story.

6. Use the same transition throughout your whole project.

7. Music is not required. Only instrumental music may be used. Music is included in Photo Story. Other music must be licensed under Creative Commons or public domain. You must prove this by showing the download link or the cd.

What's with all these rules? You may want to publish your creation on the Internet or show it outside of your classroom. If you do that, it must abide by copyright laws. It is best to build your project within those rules from the start. Additionally, some people have religious or personal objections to having their picture taken. We should all respect that. Period.

8. Proof the project. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. smiling icon

Done Already? Good work.

You get an additional mission. Make a photo essay of the class doing the project. Or make a how to using photos, text, sound and video for your classmates. Demonstrate the steps for making a digital photo slide show project. Include one totally terrific tip.


The Center for Digital Storytelling

The Fundamentals of Digital Storytelling

FlickrLilli | Pics4Learning - copyright friendly images for use in education projects

Software tutorials - Photoshop, Pagemaker, Dreamweaver & more

LearningElectric - on demand tutorials that build skill


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developed by Cynthia J. O'Hora Released to public domain in honor of Inez Milholland. Posted 12/2007