Personal Photo Presentation - Movie/Slide Show
Lesson: Learn to design a multimedia presentation using Slideshow Maker
Goals: Design 3-5 minute presentation of your photos with animation and music to tell a story. You should have about 12 slides with multiple pictures on each slide. Or, 24-36 slides with 1 or more pictures each, or some combination. You CAN use pictures OF you, as long as ~90% of the pictures are BY you, and 90% of the photos are from THIS school year.
Tools: Digital images, Picasa, Prezi. Because many of your photos are at home that might be used for this presentation, AND in lieu of the class days disrupted by STAAR and/or AP testing, it may be necessary to complete your Presentation at home if possible and is there for extra important to use Prezi.
Due: 4th Wednesday of the 6th GP - Seniors, you need to present by Wednesday of the 6th week. Underclass...you SHOULD present when the seniors are here, if possible.
Outline of Assignment Details
Programs to use - various options depending on your unique situations
Details for Various Programs
Phases of Presentation Development (based on PP)
Topics for Presentation: Anything you want...as long as it is a new presentation you design for this class, primarily with pictures you have taken, and has a positive message. You CAN use pictures OF you, as long as ~90% of the pictures are BY you. You may use the cell to scan a few pictures that only exist as a printed picture, like a baby picture, but it is easier to use a cell phone, even if you have to borrow a friends and email them.
Your life in review - but pick a theme to focus on (i.e. My Life as a Dancer, Basket Ball Player, etc.)
An event you attended - show us more than a bunch of pictures of people posing. Shoot the event to be able to tell us the story.
Your best friends (with a theme...what unites you all)
A trip you took recently
A party you had
Your year in review (with a theme...fun or accomplishments or activities, etc.
Your favorite pictures (with a dominate theme - progress as artist) - this is your last resort...remember, this is a project I told you about in August...so you should be prepare to tell us a story. If you choose this topic, you should be telling us a story OTHER than just what you like about the photo. It should be clear...not just a bunch of random pictures you have thrown together.
Shoot for a song - you could take a song and shoot for the song, but this is too much...and more along the lines of a project that is done in the Photo II+...but, I am not going to KEEP you from doing this.
Example presentation: “A Day in the Life at the WB”
Adapted from: “A Day in the Life of...” See... http://www.amazon.com/Day-Life-America-Rick-Smolan/dp/000217734Xm
Shoot for a story about your day at school. In shooting, be sure to capture images in such a way that exemplifies the composition elements we have learned this year.
Subject matter: be sure to include pictures of the building, you, your classmate, friends, etc. Your waking up in the morning. etc.
Although I have highlighted this topic as an example, if you choose to do this theme, remember that you need a sufficiently long presentation to fill up about 3 minutes of presentation time.
Because many of your photos are at home that might be used for this presentation, AND in lieu of the class days disrupted by STAAR/AP testing, it may be prudent to complete your Presentation at home if possible. Even in the classroom, the program you choose to make your slideshow/video can vary. The best plan is to use something that it is Internet/Cloud based, such as Prezi, as the BEST way to create AND present.
For the class presentation, please use Prezi - FREE! - They display their logo.
This is relatively new...but lots of people like this app.
NOTE: Sign up for the free account...send me an email that you set up the account and I will get it converted to an education account with more space.)
Prezi Sample, Student: http://prezi.com/94f--nscg70c/korea-trip/
Other Slide Show Creator Options to create a slide show. The list below is for you for your future reference for other classes. These alternatives should only be used for this class project for an extenuating reason.
Google Docs SlideShow Maker - FREE! And you already have the account
Presentation online...complete even if you don't have a computer at home...go to a friends, work on it in the library, etc. In this classroom, because Google Docs Presentation Module does not allow for editing in Internet Explorer you must use Chrome. At home, use Firefox, Chrome or Safari, you can create the presentation at home and present it here in class.
$5-10. Great option, but the free version is low res, it is not very exciting and it is only 30 seconds long, so you have to pay $5 to open a paid account for 1 month. Then, $5 to get a high res video. So, UNLESS you are willing to pay $5-10, I would not use this option.
PC (or Mac) - classroom or at home
Picasa (Movie Making Module...Mac or PC) - If you ever want to make more of a movie, and less of a presentation, Picasa is a great way to create your Photo Story as a video with picture and music. VERY easy...and I would make this the class choice except you can't control slides individually, nor can you animate the slide individually, nor can you add songs other than one for the entire piece. Add text to the photos. You can add title slides between the slides for extended info. See Video Tutorials and Written Steps below. Why not everybody use Picasa? Because you are stuck working on this in the classroom...or at home. IOW, you can't work in the cloud.
Windows Movie Maker - very easy...lots of options. Drop photos into a timeline. Text can be overlaid the photos and controlled to appear and/or disappear.
Windows Photostory - haven't used...but I understand it to be plenty easy. This was a replacement to the very old Movie Maker
PowerPoint (if you have it at home) - easy to use, lots of options for multiple photos in the presentation, animations, easy to add a song on each slide if you wanted. Notice this is the LAST resort because it is difficult to convert a PowerPoint to a video. (Note: Publish to video HAS been added to Office 2010, so, maybe with the next version, with next new computers (ours came with 2007 in 2013...go figure), we will have the ability to do videos from PowerPoint in the classroom and may return to doing this project in PowerPoint as a class.)
Premiere - we have one of the best video making programs installed on the computer and it is used in the 2nd year Photo and Video class. I don't recommend it, but will not keep people from using this if they are already familiar and/or have extra time to deal with the learning curve of such a program. You are on your own to figure out how to work with the program.
Mac or iOS specific users
iMovie for iOS - very easy...if you have a Mac and you are already familiar with the App
Keynote - if you have an iPad and want to buy this awesome program, and you have lots of photos on your device, this could be perfect.
Picasa - Took Google a while to make it, but they finally released Picasa for Mac (with Intel processors). I would use this over iMovie for very simple options.
Other? - Let me know and I will take a look.
Length should be 3-5 minutes. If presentation/video length is less than 3 minutes, you will need to pause video and talk more about the pictures. No more than 5 minutes...and if that long, make sure it is very dynamic.
Have a GOOD title for your presentation, both for the beginning of the presentation as well as the file name/upload
Give yourself credit for design IN the presentation...you do not have to put your last name, but I would.
Music MUST be cited IN the Prezi, beginning and the end...see below.
Most of the pictures need to come from this school year. If you need to include some older pictures to establish your story, then that is fine, but should not be a majority of your pictures.
100 - Great presentation, good story, good photos, clearly shot for and developed the story through photography.
95 - Excellent Presentation - generally a near perfect story, too many typos, and/or didn't follow directions, no introduction, email challenges.
90 - Good overall job, but lacking enough photos and/or failing to follow directions.
85 - Good start, but numerous challenges and/or lacking photos, clearly didn't practice presentation, etc.
70-80 - Incomplete, but you still presented something
0 - Failed to present - Even you don't finish, you must present something!
Create an account if you don't already have one. Click THIS EXACT LINK --> Prezi to open a public and FREE account.
Click on New Prezi
Choose a Template - Click More at the top to see more than the "Latest". Think about the flow of things for mainly a photo presentation with a story. The layout of the template can be changed, but not necessarily the background image and/or words.
Some good possibilities: Journey, Photo Gallery, Idea Gallery, The Road Ahead, Explain a Topic, Timeline, Family Tree, Infinity, Stepping Stones. In the case of "The Road Ahead", I was able to change the title at the top.
What a few brief tutorials - 172.17.180.35 Go to Public, then to Video, then Tutorials & Lessons, then Prezi
Watch the 1 minute Getting Started tutorial
Top Prezi Tips - Part 1
Top Prezi Tips - Part 2
Add additional steps to your basic Prezi after you have gotten all of your pictures into place
Edit path to focus in on specific pictures
Use "invisible frames" to draw attention to PART of a picture
Edit the titles of each slide and add content.
Practice delivering your Prezi as it does take a little getting used to.
Music - Music in the classroom - Please do NOT listen to music on the Public Server. Even though the Network Switch in our classroom SHOULD be able to handle you all accessing MEDIA simultaneously, we share the network with the entire campus and it can still slow down access to sites like Prezi.
Prezi - Insert (top center while editing), then choice Background Music. You can also insert a Voice-over Audio, Videos, YouTube Links
PowerPoint: Drag it to your "My Documents" folder to reside at the same LEVEL as your PowerPoint. Then, go to Insert/Movies and Sounds/Sound from File. Navigate to your Documents folder to insert the sound. If you insert a song, you will Edit Sound Object (right click) to hide the icon during the slide show. Then go to Effect Options for that sound in the Custom Animation Task Pane (right side) to set the timing and how long the sound will play. If you want ONE song to play the entire time, it should be set to a number GREATER than the number of slides.
Video Tutorials for Picasa:
In Picasa, it is RIDICULOUSLY easy!
Make an album for your video of your selected photos.
Put text on each photo. You will SAY other stuff, but at least have a title...and a very brief explanation of what the photo is about, who is in it, etc.)
Create Movie Presentation
Choose the Transition
Add an audio track
Create Movie (Export)
Upload to YouTube...send me a link (this is so we can play it in class)
LOTS OF CHANGES have NOT been updated below. Most of the following applies to previous versions of this assignment that used ONLY PowerPoint. So, please keep that in mind as you read over the following info. Although details below are specific to using PowerPoint, they apply in general as well to all videos/movies/prezis, etc.
Phases of Presentation Development:
Developing your presentation will have four stages: Planning, Input, Formatting, Presenting, Sharing. Please plan your story well. You must complete a storyboard and have it approved before you start your slide design. This storyboard must be kept and turned in with the final project.
Phase 1: Brainstorming Planner. 100 pts. Please use the sheet to plan your presentation. You should have a clear beginning slide and ending slide with credits. Recall the various pictures you have or can get from various sources, or what you will look for in the clip art book, etc. See sample below.
Phase 2: Creating the slides. 65 pts. Create a minimum of 10-12 slides...or a total of 2-4 minutes of pictures. Add text where appropriate, etc. as a prompt for you when you present. Do not feel compelled to put everything you are going to say on the slide. Your INTRO slide does not count as one of your slides unless it is creatively done with a picture. If it is simply text, then you start counting your total number of slides with your 2nd slide. Also, add a "The End" slide which must contain a picture(s) if is to be counted as part of your presentation. General grading details for your pres: 10 slides (with multiple pictures and animation) = 100, 10 no animation = 95, 9=90, 8=85, 7=80, 6=75, 5=70. (Remember that the number of slides is only part of the grade).
Phase 3: Adding transitions, animation, and THEN music. 5 pts. Only AFTER you have all of your slides created, then you can work on the transitions and animation. Do NOT even think about adding music until you have a working presentation. Transitions are required...but are only a small part...up to 5 points for effective transitions and animations. Music is OPTIONAL and will not improve nor decrease your score. If you do add music, be sure to keep the volume down low so you can speak over the music.
Phase 4: Presentation. 20 pts. You will present your presentation which is worth up to 20 points of your final grade. Although the presentation counts 20%, NOT presenting results in a ZERO. The point of the 20 points is such that if you stand up here and do a terrible job, then it affects 20% of your grade. But not presenting at all constitutes having not completed the project. Practice your presentation to perfect your delivery to give an effective presentation telling us the stories behind your photos. Your presentation MUST be presented before the seniors in your class leave. This could be different for different classes. Presenting to a reduced class is ineffective and will result in late grade penalty of 10 points. Avoid using: "This or that is", "That WAS", etc. over and over in the delivery of your presentation . Tell us a story.
Phase 5: Sharing - Although not required, it is recommended that you post your link to your presentation to Google + so others can watch your presentation later, including your friends and family.
Presentation Tips (mainly PowerPoint, but may apply to other programs as well):
You do not have to use a template...and you can change any individual slide once you have created the template.
Everything is an object…there is no text in the background…but there are template objects which are slightly different than other objects.
If you make custom text boxes, copy a text box from one slide and paste to another so that the text box is in the same position.
Sound/Music should be the LAST thing you do for those who have completed 2-4 minutes of slides! You must have your slide show ready to go before messing with the music. Do NOT waste time working with inserting audio files if you haven't got the basic part of the presentation done...that is, 2-4 minutes of slides...with appropriate animation, etc. Do not just sit here listening to the music...it is coming across the network and is considered streaming audio and uses considerable network resources.
Presentations MUST be delivered PRIOR to exam day for full credit and preferably before the seniors last day. (10 point deduction for any presentations delivered on exam day for being late)
PowerPoint Specific Tips:
When you start PowerPoint, it will open with a blank slide...which is ok. But, if you want to start with a template, close the existing file (don't save changes) and select New from the File Menu. This will give you a choice of preset slides. This is one time that Ctrl + N may not be the best method...but with PowerPoint 2007, I haven't figure out any other way. Anybody else?
After you have started, you can choose "Design" on the Ribbon. Show/Hide Ribbon = Ctrl + F1. It has options along the top to choose between different features, like slide design, layout, animation and transition. You can choose to apply to one slide...the default is to change all slides, depending on what button you click.
Use Ctrl + M to create a new slide.
Transitions are between slides vs. Animations that are for Objects on a Slide
F5 starts a slide show from the 1st slide, Shift + F5 starts from current slide (selected).
Leave the animation OFF on the slide title so that you can talk a bit about the slide before pictures show up.
To add music, it must reside at the same level as your presentation. The music is located Public/PowerPoint
Once you insert a song (Insert/Movie and Sounds/Sound from File), you will Edit Sound Object (right click) to hide the icon during the slide show (or drag it off the slide). Then go to Effect Options for that sound in the Custom Animation Task Pane (right side) to set the timing and how long the sound will play. [If you want ONE song to play the entire time, it should be set to a number GREATER than the number of slides.
When you are done, if you have already burned your disk, you will may want to record another disk with the final version of your pres. If you do NOT have PowerPoint at home...or want to be able to show your presentation on ANY computer, launch your presentation, go to the file menu, and "Package for CD". Put your CD in to the drive...and click "Copy to CD". This will put all the necessary files onto your disk, including a PowerPoint Player. You will not be able to EDIT the slideshow...but you will be able to run it.
PowerPoint Screen shots:
Inserting music and preparing it to play:
Increase number of slides to play to double the number of slides you think you will have:
Package to Go (for CD, etc.):
Story Board Samples:
Hector's "My Favorite Pictures"...screen shot of his PowerPoint Slide Sorter View:
Other good student pres:
Sara Nguyen, Macy Riggs
Why use Computer based presentations, like PowerPoint? MSOffice 2007
Professional/legible, Organized, Visual, Easier to make changes/edit, Cost Efficient, Make Backups, Portable, Easy to entertain, to be enthusiastic, provides visual prompts for the speaker.
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It can be done later, after you create the video.
IF you are 18 or older, technically, you can set up your own normal
account, then just use my education code below.
Under 18? I will assign you a number to use.
Then, you must use this exact info...do not input YOUR own info, per the terms
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FULL NAME: WBStudent _ [Note: It is WBStudent as one word, then the
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