1. Summer 2010 Workshops:
  2. Digital Imaging Virtual Handout:
  3. UA TiM Digital Photography Resources:
  4. UA TiM Digital Storytelling Resources:
  5. Printable Step-By-Step Tutorial:
  6. Cool Online Tools for Digital Imaging:

Getting Acquainted with your camera

  1. After a brief overview of how to use the zoom and set the flash on the workshop cameras, you and a partner will have the opportunity to practice using these functions.
  2. You will also be exposed to a sample classroom activity during the process.
  3. As you are taking the photos, please remember to take some pictures using the autoflash, some using red-eye reduction, some using the flash off, and some using the flash on so that you will notice the difference. Also zoom in for some photos and out for others.

Zoom Notes
  1. Optical zoom actually moves you closer to the subject without sacrificing quality.digitalimaging
  2. Digital zoom crops & enlarges the image, sacrificing the quality of the image.
  3. Pay more attention to Optical Zoom because it will give you the results that you want.
  4. Most digital photography guides do not recommend using digital zoom at all.

Picture Taking Tips - Resources

  1. Top 10 tips for great Pictures:
  2. Tips & Projects:
  3. Rule of Thirds:
  4. Tips for Students:
  5. More Tips for Students:

More Picture Taking Tips

  1. Take pictures at eye level when photographing a person
  2. Use plain and simple backgrounds
  3. Use a flash outside, especially if the sun is bright
  4. Zoom in on the subject matter, you want it to fill the frame
  5. Make sure your light source isn’t behind the subject, unless you want a silhouette effect

Tips for Connecting to the Computer

  1. Most cameras come with software. Some cameras require this software to be installed on the computer before the camera will connect to the computer.
  2. If you do not have the software or think it is too complicated, you can use Windows XP’s the Scanner and Camera Wizard. Access the wizard by locating it in the ACCESSORIES list or by right-clicking on the cameras drive in My Computer and selecting AUTOPLAY. (Step by Step Instructions:
  3. If you have Windows XP, most cameras can be connected without installing the software. The camera’s memory card will function as a flash/USB drive.
  4. You can also use a card reader which will make the memory card function as a flash/USB drive.
  5. Caution: You may have to change drive letter if your camera is not recognized!
  6. After installing the photos on the computer, the pictures will be in a folder in the MY PICTURES folder inside the MY DOCUMENTS folder.

Other Digital Photography Terms

  1. Shutter Lag: Delay that’s common with digital cameras. “you get what you pay for, and sometimes worse.”
  2. JPEG: Most common file format for photos
  3. Memory Card: Varies in size and speed
  4. Card Reader: Turns your memory card into a USB drive

Digital Photography Activity #1

This activity provides each group with practice using the camera, taking good photos, placing images onto the computer, critical thinking (sort of!) and incorporating the images into PowerPoint.
Curricular Ideas: Vocabulary, Photo Essay, Creative Writing or Thinking

  1. Take a few photos using the 10 things handout.
  2. Return to the room.
  3. Connect the camera to the computer. (Each member will do this.)
  4. Use the Scanner and Camera Wizard.
  5. Create a PowerPoint Photo Album.
  6. Brief instructions for photo album. (We will do this activity as a group.)

  • Save all of the photos that you would like to use in one folder.
  • Select Insert è Picture è New Photo Album
  • Select Insert Picture from FILE/DISK.
  • Click on each picture and click Insert-Repeat for Each Photo (Slow Method) or Click on 1 picture, then type CTRL-A, which selects all of the pictures and then click Insert (Fast Method).
  • Reorder the pictures by using the arrows below the PICTURES in ALBUM area. You can also remove photos by clicking REMOVE below the PICTURES in ALBUM area.
  • If you need to rotate any photos, use the options under the preview area.
  • Select Picture Options. (Captions and/or Black & White)
  • Select Album Layout (Picture Layout, Frame Shape, and/or Design Template)
  • When you are ready to see your album, click CREATE.
  • If you need to edit your album, simply choose the FORMAT menu and select PHOTO ALBUM.

Web Resources:

  1. Lesson Plans for Using Digital Cameras:
  2. Ideas for Digital Photography in the Classroom:
  3. High Tech Learning with Digital Photography:
  4. Digital Photo Safaris with Photo Ideas for Your Classroom:
  5. Ideas for Using Digital Cameras in the Early Learning Classroom:
  6. Adobe Digital School Collection:
  7. 40 Ideas for Using Digital Cameras in the Classroom:

Digital Photography Activity #2

  1. As a group, select one of the digital scavenger hunts to complete.
  2. Load the pictures to each computer in the group.
  3. We will use these photos for our photo story this afternoon.
  4. The scavenger hunt can be downloaded at:

Digital Storytelling


What is Digital Storytelling?

The process of combining the art of telling stories with any of a variety of available multimedia tools, including graphics, audio, video animation, and Web publishing. (

How can I use Digital Storytelling in my classroom?

  1. CogDogRoo: (In a league of its own!)
  2. JakesOnline: Digital Storytelling Collection:
  3. Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom:
  4. Animoto for Education:

Photo Story 3: Today’s Method of Digital Storytelling

1) What is Photo Story 3?

  • Photo Story 3 is a free and easy to use program from Microsoft that enables users to create compelling slide shows from digital images. Its features enable you to create a slideshow with your digital pictures, edit your pictures, create your story with original music, add narration, and share them. Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10 are required for this program.

2) Where do I get Photo Story 3?

3) Photo Story FAQ:

4) Where can I see more samples of Photo Story 3 projects?

5) Where can I find more information about Photo Story 3?

Saving Photos from the Internet

  1. Just because it is on the Internet, doesn’t always mean you can use it without permission.
  2. Copyright with Cyberbee:
  3. Education World Copyright Series:

How to Save Photos from the Internet:
  1. Locate the photo you want to save. *Make sure that your photos are at least 640 x 480 or vice versa before you decide to save them for your story. (Right-Click on the picture & select Properties)
  2. Right click on it.
  3. In the menu that appears, select Save Picture As.
  4. Locate the folder in which you want to save the photo.
  5. Rename the photo if desired and then click Save.

Where can you find some copyright friendly photos?

Using PowerPoint with Photo Story 3

There are two options for using PowerPoint and Photo Story 3 together.

Use PowerPoint to CREATE TITLE/TEXT SLIDES for Photo Story 3 Projects:
This can be done before or after your pictures have been inserted into Photo Story.
It works well for text and clipart slides.
  1. Open PowerPoint and create your slide(s).
  2. Go to FILE è SAVE AS.
  3. Name your file & locate the folder where your other photos are.
  5. Click SAVE.
  6. You will be asked if you want to save Every Slide or the Current Slide. Choose Every Slide if you have more than one slide. Choose Current if there is only one slide.
  7. Your slides have been converted into images so that they can be imported into the Photo Story. They should be saved in a folder with your other pictures.
  8. Go to your Photo Story to import and arrange the slides just like you would do for any other photo.

Convert an entire PowerPoint into a Photo Story:
  1. See the steps in Part 1-C above.
  2. Ignore references to other pictures.
  3. You will use the EVERY SLIDE option in step 6.
  4. Your PowerPoint special effects and animations will not work in Photo Story 3.
  5. You will have to use the Photo Story 3 effects (transitions, motions, music, narration, etc.) to enhance your presentation.
  6. Your PowerPoint will be converted into movie format (.wma) when you are finished.

Notes on Photo Story 3

Step 1) Begin a New Story

Step 2a) Import Pictures
Step 2b) Arranging Pictures
Step 2c) Editing Pictures

Step 3a) Adding Titles (text) to Pictures
Step 3b) Adding Effects

Step 4a) Narrating Pictures (need microphone)
Step 4b) Customize Motion
Step 4c) Transitions

Step 5) Add Background Music (create or select from your own)

Step 6) Save your project & story (2 files: .wmv & .wp3)

There will always be 2 files after you have finished a photo story. One file will be the project that you can EDIT, and the other will be the movie that you can WATCH.
It is good practice to add the words project or movie to the file names.
For example: scavengerhuntproject.wp3 and scavengerhuntmovie.wmv