The idea behind the class, Digital Picture Projects, is to help teachers get started working with their students or on their own creating projects or stories that are primarily comprised of digital images (pictures you take with your camera or find on the web). Educators might most often hear this called digital storytelling. What you call it kind of depends on what you are doing with it! Essentially, it's all the same thing. In the end, we are using media to convey a message or tell the stories of our time. Visual literacy is a skill we could all spend a little time enhancing in order to help our students better create and interpret visual communication.

Technology in the Classroom - a VoicethreadVoicethread 4 Education on wikispacesUsing VoiceThread in the Classroom
Voice Thread shares ideas for using VoiceThread
Dozens of Examples of Voicethread from Free Technology for Teachers
Teaching Without Walls on Using VoiceThread - great resource for tutorials and examples.
9 Outstanding Photography Projects to Try with Your Students

- several resources

**Wikipedia** describes it as this:
Digital Storytelling refers to using new digital tools to help ordinary people to tell their own real-life stories. "Digital Storytelling" is an emerging term, one that arises from a
//grassroots// movement that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own 'true stories' in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. These stories usually take the form of a relatively short story (less than 8 minutes) and can involve interactivity. The term can also be a broader journalistic reference to the variety of emergent new forms of digital narratives (web-based stories, //interactive// stories, hypertexts, and narrative //computer// games). As an emerging area of creative work, the definition of digital storytelling is still the subject of much debate.

Perhaps the most important statement here is that these are tools to help ordinary people tell stories. That's most of us!

Guideline for Getting Started
It may surprise you that planning is the hardest part, not the technology

  1. Come up with a project that is short - a one minute story may take hours to create depending on the tool and the planning.
  2. Choose a tool (more about this later)
  3. Storyboard - decide what the viewers will see, what they will read or hear, and make any notes about what is "going on."
  4. Decide how you are going to grade your objectives - if that's what this project is about. You may want to give two grades, one for planning and one for the final project.
  5. Depending on the topic, projects should be factually accurate and documented if you use outside resources

PhotoStory 3

More Story Board Links
Creative Story Board Templates


Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything About Digital Storytelling
64 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information

Other tools - pick one form this great blog post about digital Storytelling tools - many suggestions include handouts!

When I run across items on the web that have to do with Digital Storytelling, I save them to my Delicious account. Click here to see what I have found over the years.

Creative Educator - Getting started with Digital Storytelling

Finding or Making Audio orDigital Pictures
Stories ofOthers
Grading& Rubrics
Using Animoto with Students
Myths & Legends
Google apps for Digital Storytelling
Podsafe Audio
Partners in Rhyme
Other ideas?
Google Images
Delicious Resources

Creative Commons
Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

Digital Picture Project Ideas

  • 7 Photo Projects To Jump Start Creativity
  • Mystery objects - describe one sentence at a time and reveal picture at the end.
  • Time lapse photography / single frame animation
  • Panorama/ 360 display
  • Extreme close ups
  • Weather maps
  • Environmental issues
  • Virtual Postcards
  • Show fractions of an object
  • Illustrate emotions, stereotypes
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Visual seating chart
  • Student ID cards/ passports
  • Field trips
  • Photo calendars
  • Document a process or steps in a process
  • Introductions in online classes or even F2F classes
  • Conduct Interviews
  • PSA
  • Skits
  • Slidshows
  • - 10 great ways to use digital cameras.
  • Digital Protfolios
  • Guest Photographers to disucss wildlife, travel, portaits/people
  • Photo Journalism - telling stories with words and pictures
  • The Week that was - each week of the school year
  • Safety Do's and Don'ts
  • Lab Procedures
  • Simple Processes (technical writing)
  • Cheat Sheets/ Flashcards/ study guides
  • Research Paper Presentation
  • Document personal/academic achievements in a digital portfolio
  • Choose/take a picture and write a "moral of the story" or inspirational saying to go with it
  • Document a single view through various seasons and write from a variety of angles
  • Make a commercial (understanding mass media)
  • Make a public service annoucement
  • Music Video
  • Scrapbooks
  • When I grow up . . .
  • Pictures as story starters
  • Book reports
  • Poetry
  • Make human letters
  • Demonstrate parts of speech