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Here students learn Photo Story 3 basics while making their own personal photo story


Computers & Internet  


10, 11, 12  

Title – Creating a Personal Story on Photo Story 3
By – Daniel Lopez
Primary Subject – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 10 – 12

Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Business Computer Information Systems I Standards:

      [1.D] demonstrate productive work habits and attitudes, for example, dependability and punctuality.

      [2.B] explore functions of emerging technologies.

      [8.A] identify the guidelines for using graphics, fonts, and special effects in presentations.

      [8.B] analyze the effectiveness of multimedia presentations.

    [8.C] determine the appropriate technology to create and deliver an effective presentation.

Learning Objectives:

    The student will:

    • Observe the steps needed to create a powerful presentation using Photo Story 3.
    • Utilize personal images as well as images obtained online to create their personal story.
    • Identify and use the different ways to enrich their presentation like:
      • Inserting Text
      • Adding Transitions to Images
      • Use their Voice to Narrate the Story
      • Add Music as a Background to the Narration
    • Present their personal story to classmates to demonstrate mastering how to create powerful presentations through Photo Story 3.

Pre-Activity Preparation:

  • Teacher will create a Photo Story 3 model on how presentations have changed in time – from cardboard backboards to PowerPoint presentations to the new technologies that are emerging – Windows MovieMaker and Photo Story 3.
  • Teacher creates a PowerPoint on copyrights.
  • Teacher will post class objectives on E-Chalk Class Page.


  • Students will log-in to computer workstations and observe class objectives on E-Chalk Class Page.


    The students will choose their personal story whether a family trip, anecdote, or event that changed his/her life.


  1. First Day:
    • Utilize the SmartBoard, Eike Projector and pointer to present a photo story created by the teacher to introduce the students to Photo Story 3 (see pre-activity preparation). Explain the different elements and how you introduced them.
    • Allow students to brainstorm for a possible story.
  2. Second Day:
    • Students submit story title to teacher.
    • Teacher shows PowerPoint presentation on copyrights.
  3. Third Day:
    • Students create a storyboard for their project and get approval to proceed.
  4. With Approval:
    • Students scan, upload or search for pictures shown in their storyboard.
    • Students assemble their photo story inserting text and adding transitions.
    • Students add music as a background and use their voice to narrate the story.
  5. When Completed:
    • Students present their photo stories to classmates.


    Asking questions such as:

    • What have you learned about powerful presentations?
    • How are you going to use Photo Story in the future?

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