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Here students visually depict the duties of their career of choice using copyright safe images and Photo Story 3 software


Computers & Internet  


6, 7, 8  

Title – What will I be doing when I grow up? A Photo Story presentation!
By – Raul Gracia
Primary Subject – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 6-8

Approximate time needed:

Two or more weeks to give room for teaching Photo Story basics and presentation of projects to class if needed.

Concept / Topic to Teach:

Use Photo Story software to create a visual presentation

Standards Addressed:

  • §126.12. Technology Applications (Computer Literacy), Grades 6-8.
          (c) Knowledge and Skills

            (1) Foundations

              (A) demonstrate knowledge and appropriate use of operating systems, software applications
                (C) demonstrate the ability to select and use software for a defined task according to quality, appropriateness, effectiveness, and efficiency;

    (7) Solving Problems

              (D) demonstrate proficiency in the use of multimedia authoring programs by creating linear or non-linear projects incorporating text, audio, video, and graphics;
  • §127.4. Career Portals 8th Grade
        (c) Knowledge and skills.

          (2) The student explores pathways of interest within one or more career clusters.

            (A) investigate career opportunities within the pathways;
          (B) explore careers of personal interest;

General Goal(s):

  • Use Internet to acquire relevant images on career of choice to depict what duties the career entails
  • Use Photo Story software to visually present a story about duties of a career of choice

Specific Objectives:

  • The learner will use Internet to acquire copyright safe images depicting duties of career of choice.
  • The learner will import 10-20 images to Photo Story software.
  • The learner will use Photo Story software to create and manipulate, through timing and transitions, a three to five minute story using imported images.
  • The learner will use a microphone to narrate a three to five minute photo story.

Required Materials:

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Microphone/Headphone head set for narration and listening of audio
  • Photo Story software installed on each computer to be used
  • Story Board outline to plan out story

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • Teacher will search and show appropriate images to learners that are required for assignment
  • Teacher will show finished sample of Photo Story project with minimal requirements

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. Teacher will begin lesson by showing students how to search for appropriate images relevant to the project.
  2. Teacher will show a finished sample of a Photo Story project with minimal requirements.
  3. Teacher will pass out a story board outline with questions to be answered that are relevant to the project
    • What career have you chosen?
    • What kind of duties does a person in your career of choice perform?
    • etc.
  4. Students will use a computer and story board to work on Photo Story software project, including importing images, narration and saving project, assuming teacher has already taught students basics of using Photo Story.
  5. Students will present project to teacher and class.

Plan For Independent Practice:

  • Students will use their story board to write down three careers that interest them and why, apart from their own, after viewing and listening.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

  • Students will individually share or write on their story board their personal experience with Photo Story, one major skill that they thought was useful and what is one thing they remember about another student’s career of choice.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

  • The teacher will use a rubric to assess if specific objectives have been met, such as:
    • use of relevant images
    • demonstration of Photo Story knowledge
    • effective use of story board
    • flow of narration as compared to images and story

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

  • Depending on disability, students will be provided with a completed picture story board on a specific career and relevant images in a folder ready to be imported.
  • A peer tutor will be assigned to help with reading difficulties and questions about software.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

Students will be responsible for using PowerPoint to create five slides, of the 10-20 required image slides, with background color and multiple images on each slide and then import to Photo Story as JPEGs.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

Teachers in all subject areas may want to use this lesson as an extension project to allow students to find out what career opportunities are available in their respective fields or subjects being taught.

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