Reflections on Instructional Technology and Media

Telling a PhotoStory April 7, 2008

We are a dual-platform district. Most of our elementary schools have Macs while most of the secondary schools are PC sites.  I have heard the glories of iMovie for years now and how our schools are using it for digital storytelling. Some schools are buying Macs just so that they can have this functionality. I have been trying to tell the PC schools that there are good products out there for them…for free, but so far have seen little evidence of their adoption of these apps. I believe firmly in the idea that it is hard, if not impossible, to convert users to a product that you have not used yourself, so this weekend, I used PhotoStory 3 for windows to create a photo montage for my mother’s 60th birthday.

I found PhotoStory very easy to use – you download it (for free) and install it on your PC. Then you literally use the wizard to upload as many photos from your computer into Photostory. You can arrange them as needed, change the transition of the photos, add titles, narration, and music to your story. Finally, you can export it into a variety of formats based on how you plan to view the photostory.  Really user friendly. I hope lots of PC user are taking advantage of this free resource from Microsoft. Made my mother’s party a memorable experience 🙂


One Response to “Telling a PhotoStory”

  1. Wesley Fryer Says:

    Glad you’ve discovered PhotoStory3. It is a good application and one of the best free apps for storytelling on the Windows platform. One of the biggest disadvantages of PhotoStory3 is that it outputs a Windows Media File that is not playable on a Macintosh, even with QuickTime plugins like Flip4Mac or the Mac version of Windows Media Player. The workaround we use in our statewide digital storytelling project is to post the PhotoStories to Ning, so they are transcoded to Flash format which is playable on any computer.

    If you haven’t already, be sure to check out David Jakes’ resources on Digital Storytelling. His tutorials on PhotoStory3 are good.

    We have over 20 different digital stories that Oklahoma teachers and students have created focused mainly on veteran oral histories on our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices Ning. Feel free to use any of those examples with your teachers and students as you continue to explore digital storytelling!

    My resources on digital storytelling are linked from

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