Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Book Chook Makes a Slideshow

You may have noticed recently that I am totally fascinated by the potential the web has for both encouraging kids to create and play with language, and to publish their own writing. I also love the online opportunities parents have for developing stories and books about their kids. These are a wonderful memento of special family days, and make a lovely way to show the link between reading and writing to young children. Recently, I've told you about Glogster, the web spot to poster yourself, and MakeBeliefComix, where kids can create their own comic. Over the next weeks, I plan to bring you many more opportunities for creative literacy.

PhotoPeach is my latest cool place to tell stories online. PhotoPeach makes it easy to register, then you start creating. Upload the pictures you want to use, play with the order until you're happy, choose some music, add captions and you're done. It's easy to make changes with the Edit options, and you can embed the finished product on your site, upload to facebook, email, or delete it. 

First of all, I found some photos I'd taken a few years ago of my pet fairies, Jack, Daisy and Roger. I uploaded them with a couple of clicks and a wait of about 20 seconds - this site is slick! Then I listened to some of the music on offer, and chose a tune I liked. You can upload from YouTube too. I played around with the order of my slide show, until I had a story in my head that could link the individual pictures. Then I made captions for each photo, and created my "story". Great literature it isn't, but that's not the point of the exercise. PhotoPeach is certainly easy enough for primary school kids to use, and offers a great chance for parents to collaborate with the under sevens. Take a look at my story, Jack looks for his Friends, below.

Next I made a little slideshow called Danai's Busy Day, using photos, text and music to tell a story about my young friend, Danai. Basically, I chose some recent pictures his proud grandmother had sent me, decided on a very loose plot - basically a caption comment on each one - and chose the William Tell Overture as a bouncy, active theme tune. All I had to do then was add a couple more pictures to make the "story" fit the tune better, write my captions and my work was done.

Stories are important to us all, especially to our "tribes", whatever they may be. PhotoPeach makes it easy to create, transmit, and keep our stories in a digital format. Such a cool concept, and such a creative way to spend time online! I can see youngsters who are just beginning to read wanting to create their own stories here, and I think it would be a wonderful place for older kids to publish their poetry, or a commentary on something important to them. 

Jack Looks for his Friends on PhotoPeach

Danai's Busy Day on PhotoPeach


  1. Susan, these were great ... I love how when you add a comment they scroll as part of the credits. What a gem you are!

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  2. bookchook02 May, 2009

    Hey Terry! I hope you go try it out soon!

    Recent blog post: The Book Chook Makes a Slideshow

  3. Love these! I've already forwarded them along to some folks. These kinds of tools are so great.

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  4. bookchook03 May, 2009

    I think they're intrinsically motivating for many kids, too. Thanks for commenting, Valerie.


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