Photopeach is a Web 2.0 tool that will appeal to young and old. Photopeach is easy to use, and allows you to create a photo slideshow in just minutes. Within a slideshow, pictures speak a thousand words and only limited text is required to communicate a message. The best thing about Photopeach is that it is free. You can create slideshows in 4 easy steps, making it appropriate for even junior primary school students. Simply:
- Upload your photos
- Add some music
- Add captions
- Press Finish
Individuals can share their creative works with a select few, or the world. With the touch of a button you can embed your slideshow in your blog, Facebook, Myspace, post it on twitter or email it in a link to others. You can allow others to comment on your work.
The possible uses of Photopeach in education are endless.
Students can create slideshows to:
- Demonstrate their knowledge about a topic;
- Illustrate steps in an investigation; or
- Show the results of a group work activity.
Teachers can create slideshows to:
- Demonstrate steps in a procedure;
- Report on class activities; or
- Help students review key concepts using the inbuilt quiz feature.
Photopeach has some limitations. For example, you have to pay $3 a month to be able to add your own music. However, I think Photopeach could be used to help students develop skills in critical thinking, written literacy and media literacy.
I am interested in hearing your thoughts on using Photopeach. Can anyone suggest possible uses for Photopeach? If you have used Photopeach in an educational setting, do you think it enhanced your teaching or students’ learning?
Useful Web links:
Go to the About tab for helpful instructions.
Has some example slideshows
by Kate McDonald
Master of Teaching (Primary) Flinder’s University