Microsoft Photo Story 3 is a free tool that lets you create slideshows. You can add your own voice narration, soundtrack, captioning and motion effects. It guides you through a series of 5 or 6 screens explaining what each section does along the way. It’s very straightforward to use and the final file - a wmv video file can be uploaded and shared on site such as YouTube and Blip.TV.

Here’s a typical example of a Photo Story. I added some photos from a trip to Campbeltown, added some captions and some audio from Magnatune - you can licence music from here for free for non-commercial purposes. I then uploaded it to Blip.TV. I then copied the code provided by Blip and pasted it into this post. Blip also converts your video file over to flash format. This can be useful as you don’t need to worry about your viewers having the right video player installed. Most computers have a flash-enabled web browsers.


So how can Photo Story be used for education? It could be used for reflection. As an icebreaker at the start of a course to introduce each student - many have mobile phones with cameras or they could download creative commons licenced photos from flickr. The finished Photo Stories could be uploaded to a VLE or one of the many video sharing sites. With sites like YouTube you can restrict viewing so that it’s not publicly accessible. It could be used for evidence as part of an ePortfolio. What would you use it for?

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