While working on my homework assignments I came across a new open source media product made by Microsoft that I am finding rather interesting. I am not an advocate for anything that has to do with Microsoft, however, this Program, Microsoft Photo Story 3 does look rather promising.
Microsoft has come up with an application symbolic to iMovie and iDVD made by Apple. However, Photo is completely free for download and would be great to use within the classroom. This program is very similar to Microsoft Power Point, however, it is taken to another level. The presenter is able to create slideshows using digital photos, with the ability to touch, crop, and rotate through and editing program. You are also able to add special effects such as music,titles, captions and your very own voic narration to your photo stories. For your final touch, you are then able to burn your photo story to DVD for sharing.
This would be an excellent open source software to include within your classroom because not only does it sound like a fun way to do presentations and research projects, but it is completely free to download and use. Teachers are able to burn the DVD, give the letter grade and then send home for mom and dad to view! Sounds fun.