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This is a Photo Story 3 tutorial for any grade level


Computers & Internet  


K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

Title – Using Photo Story 3
By – Esteban Trevino
Primary Subject – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – K-5

Concept / Topic To Teach:

    Using Photo Story 3

Texas Essential Knowledge Standards Addressed:

  • §126.25. C 1A
  • §126.25. C 2A

General Goal(s):

  • Teacher demonstrates how to create a photo story.
  • Students create a photo story.

Specific Objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of how to use Microsoft Photo Story 3 software.
  • Students will create a personal story using Photo Story 3.
  • Students will use transitions and audio clips to add flow to the story.
  • Students will narrate or use text to tell the story.

Required Materials:

  • Microsoft Photo Story 3 (software)
  • several pictures or video clips
  • audio clips
  • PC microphone for narration
  • a storyboard template (can be created on the fly – simply have a paper or document that outlines the story)

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

    Teacher should begin class with a personal photo story that is not too long, yet demonstrates a few of the features available in Microsoft Photo Story 3.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. Teacher (in a computer lab environment) will demonstrate how to start Microsoft’s Photo Story 3.
    1. Click “Start” >> “All Programs” >> “MS Photo Story 3”
  2. Teacher will demonstrate how to begin a new story.
    1. Select the “New Story Radio Button” and press “Next”
  3. Select any three from the sample images pre-loaded on your machine.
    1. Click on “Import Images” and select “Image File.”
    2. Practice changing order of images.
  4. Let’s add titles or text to at least one of them.
    1. Enter “Text” in the textbox provided.
    2. Practice changing location, font, and color of the text.
  5. Guide student on changing transitions and starting and ending locations.
    1. Practice using different transitions and encourage the use of the preview button.
    2. Guide students through the narration process. This step may or may not be necessary – simply showing students where the record and stop record buttons should suffice.
  6. Guide students through adding some sound at different points of the story.
    1. Select the image where you want your audio to appear and click on “Import Music.”
    2. Practice changing the volume so that the narration could be heard.
  7. Guide students through the saving and finalizing of their Photo Story.
    1. Have students save their projects.
    2. Encourage the use of unique names so that their files can be identified quickly
    3. Encourage students to backup their files to an alternative saving location.
  8. Congratulate students on their success; they have now successively created a photo story.

Plan For Independent Practice:

  • Now have the students plan their story with the use of a storyboard.
  • Once the storyboard is complete, have students start on their photo story.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

  • Ask student if they used any different elements or ideas in their stories. If they did, have them describe and share with the class – what they are and how they did it, so that other students could get some ideas as well.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

  • Have students share their stories with the class.
  • Use a rubric to assess that all of the required elements are present.

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

  • Depending on the learning disability, adaptations could come in the form of help creating the storyboard, along with constant monitoring.
  • Even though a minimum number of slides was not required, students with learning disabilities may be required to create a story with a small amount of slides and or effects (transitions, etc.).
  • Also, presenting story in front of class may not be necessary.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

  • Extension for kids that grasp concepts easily may include, but are not limited to helping struggling peers with their stories, or creating a second story on “How to Create a Story” for extra credit.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

  • Students reading a book in ELA classes may be encouraged to retell the story using pictures in MS Photo Story 3.

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