Thing 12 (Week 5): Create a Slideshow!


In Thing 11, you explored Flickr and selected several digital photos from the Creative Commons collection to help you tell a brief story or explain something. There are many Web 2.0 services that allow users to easily create and share slideshows by embedding them in a blog, wiki or website. In this thing, you are invited to use your selected Flickr photos to create and embed a slideshow.

Embedding is the act of publishing media such as a slideshow or video clip WITHIN a blog, wiki or webpage. The embedded media can be viewed, played or "interacted with" directly inside the blog post or the wiki page -- instead of being a link that requires you to download the media or takes you to a different webpage to view it. Every video you have watched as part of your discovery exercises during this course has been EMBEDDED.

You want me to do what?
Some basic instructions about embedding are included at the bottom of the page and here are some powerfully helpful screenshots for finding the embed code on each site.

Discovery Exercise

Check out the four example slideshows below. Each is embedded (as opposed to linked) in the page. I created these Very Hungry Caterpillar retellings using several photos from Flickr Creative Commons. Note the ATTRIBUTIONS I have provided at the bottom of the page. Each includes the photographer's username and a link to the photo page in Flickr. Be sure to create a similar attribution list for your slideshow.

¤ AMAZING RESOURCE ALERT: If possibilities for digital stories get you geeked up (and they should), here is an AMAZING resource from Alan Levine (a.k.a CogDog) called 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to tell a Story (which you may recognize from Thing 11), in which he shares MORE than 50 possibilities for creating online slideshows/stories like these. For you adventurous types, please feel free to try exploring and making a slideshow using any of these you like!

Photopeach -

Click play (in the center) to view. Dead simple slideshow creation with captions and free music. You must register to use this site.


Click the Play arrow to view. Voicethread allows you to upload images and other documents and accepts audio, video and text comments. You can even phone in to comment! This is a great tool for collaborative storytelling and feedback/comments from multiple people. Here's my favorite Voicethread of all time.

Animoto -

Click the Play arrow to view. Animoto analyzes your images and creates a 30-second "music video" style presentation. There is free music on the site, or you can upload your own (mindful of copyright, of course). You must have at least 10 images and register to use Animoto.

Fotobabble -

Click the Play arrow to view. Fotobabble is a great tool that allows you to upload any photo and easily record up to one minute of audio narration. By creating a series of Fotobabbles and tagging them all with the same unique tag (e.g. "vhc"), you are able to create a slideshow. You must register to use this site.

‡ HELP Tips: If you decide to try a Fotobabble show, read Larry Ferlazzo's quick explanation.... I was able to create mine in less than 10 minutes once I understood the process. The embed code is located to the right of the finished slideshow. More help here.

Photo Credits (it took me ten photos to tell the story):
  1. Caterpillar DXO by SantaRosa OLD SKOOL -
  2. Apple Picking 3 by ndrwfgg -
  3. Pears by S Baker -
  4. Mandarin Oranges by sonictk -
  5. My Dads Plums!! by Matt Batchelor -
  6. Strawberries by Groover FW -
  7. 060511food by Dan4th -
  8. Spring '07 by SoniaMia -
  9. Chrysalis by canais -
  10. Malay Lacewing by B_Cool -

Create and Embed your own Slideshow! There are many possibilities for using slideshows to enhance classroom learning, and most slide show tools are fun and relatively easy to work with. Also, embedding is an essential Web 2.0 skill. A crucial part of becoming technology literate in the 21st century is being able to "figure stuff out." Thus, I am not providing training-wheel help resources for each slide show site, though I am providing help with the embedding part. Play around and see what you can do!

One task, three steps....

  1. Select one of the slideshow tools above (or, if you are feeling adventurous, try one from CogDog's 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to tell a Story) and create a digital storyslideshow using your 4-10 Flickr CC photos from Thing 11.
  2. When you have finished your slideshow, EMBED it into your sandbox wiki page or in a blog post (or both, because it's good practice -- help on that here.). Be sure to include proper attribution for all photos -- that means a link to the photo on Flickr and name of photo/photographer.
  3. Write a brief blog post describing your slideshow including a link to your wiki page if you chose to embed it there instead of in your blog . Be sure to include "Thing 12" in your post title.
  4. Be sure to check your Feedly reader at least every other day this week!

‡ HELP Page: Embedding Slideshows into Wikispaces and Edublogs
‡ HELP Video: How to insert links in a blog post(from Edublogs). Unlike email or Word, simply pasting a URL into your post won't make it a link. You need to use the Insert Link button.