All semester long, my students have been examining the big question of “What Matters?” What matters to them in their own lives, what matters to them from each piece of literature we studied, and most importantly, how does that all relate to the world around us. At the beginning of the semester, I told my ninth graders I wanted them to create a Photo Story showing the connections of what matters. I didn’t have an example to show them what I expected; I just wanted them to show me what they could do. I wanted them to create what was important and meaningful to them as well as for them to decide how it should look.
They have spent many hours not only learning the Photo Story 3 software (I really only had basic training when I introduced this assignment), but planning, finding visuals, editing audio clips for their script as well as for music, pasting and inserting sound and visuals, and reworking the elements for a finished project. I can definitely say this has been a learning experience for all of us, but I am glad we all undertook it. Linked are some notes on tips we have learned along the way. I think after seeing each others’ presentations, they will feel the same way.
Please comment on the presentations giving them constructive feedback.