Secondary Projects

Digital Storytelling with Photostory and TeacherTube

Grades K-12 / 2-5 Class Periods
PhotoStory is a free program that enables students and teachers to tell their multimedia stories effectively and easily using digital photos, scanned work, Powerpoint slides, computer-generated artwork or other digital images. Easily add text captions, audio narration, photo-effects, timings, transitions and motion-effects, as well as a musical score in a few easy steps. Completed projects will be uploaded and shared via TeacherTube, the video sharing site for K-12 education. (NOTE: K-2 students will contribute a single image/slide to a class story with teacher assistance; older students may work as a class, in small groups or individually to create their stories, depending on the scope of the project and available time).

(NOTE: Windows Media Player required to view these projects)

PhotoStory Ideas:
  • How-to/Sequencing - students take digital photos and/or illustrate the steps for completing any activity, from a recipe to completing a math problem, to building a block tower, to folding an origami swan, to showing a scientific process.
  • 'Talking' Book - Letter, Number or Shape Book; Book illustrated with Digital Photos
  • Timeline - students take digital photos or illustrate important dates/events for selected topic.
  • Digital Tour - images and narration for a field trip, landmark, country, neighborhood, or the school.
  • Biography - family member, classmate, or famous artist, writer, or historical figure; (or autobiography)
  • Poetic Interpretation - Use digital images to 'illustrate' a poem.
  • Other - (Will work with classroom teacher to create a lesson using any brief writing activity)

Web 2.0 Projects

Google Docs - Grades 6-12 / 1 class period in a computer lab

Google Docs is free web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation program which allow you share and collaborate online. At Woodward our ninth grade students use Google Docs to create and edit their documents anywhere with an Internet connection. A USB thumb drive is not needed to store their documents. Students will create Google accounts (using school email addresses) and create a sample word-processing documents.

Gliffy - Grades 6-12 / 1 class period in a computer lab

Gliffy is a free online visual mapping tool which allows users to easily create, collaborate on and share brainstorming webs, concept maps, flowcharts, cycles, timelines, venn diagrams, floor plans and other graphic organizers. Students will sign up for free Gliffy accounts and create simple diagrams for (subject matter to be determined).


Quizlet - Grades 6-12 / 1 class period in a computer lab

Quizlet is a free online tool that students use to create customized interactive study materials including flashcards, "Scatter" matching games and test reviews. Students will create accounts and use (subject matter to be determined) to create a Quizlet set.

(NOTE: For each example, click Learn, Test or Play Scatter to view the activity types)

Intro to Podcasting / Blogging - Grades 6-12 / 2-4 class periods

Students will record a simple audio podcast using Audacity and a computer microphone. Completed podcasts will be uploaded and published to the teacher's blog on Edublogs. Coordinating with the classroom teacher is essential for a podcasting project, as students will need to plan and prepare ahead of time.

Podcast Ideas: