Are you running the race this week? Feeling like no matter how hard you push, you cannot get ahead? Well, hang in there…grab a cup of water and keep going. You’re in the final lap, and no matter how hard it is, you’ll look back this summer and miss it. This is when you realize, and your students realize, that they are not going to see you for a while. For some of us, that is a very sad loss that we may need to mourn. For some of our kids, we are the constant. We are the love. When it gets tough in these last few weeks, remember it is that loss, anxiety, and sadness that may be showing itself as difficult behaviors. So, what can we do? We can give our kids, and ourselves, something to hold onto. What is that? How about a photo slideshow/video.
In my years of teaching, I made a photo slideshow to music every year. I showed pictures from our entire time together. And you know what? My former students still go onto YouTube and watch them, and I do too. I miss my kiddos sometimes, just as much as they miss me. I loved them like my own children, and they knew it. When your students are feeling sad this summer or lonely, which many will, they can easily pull out their phone/tablet/device and watch the happiest memories from the year. For some, this could be their happiest moments ever. I know that’s hard to swallow, but it’s true. We all like to reminisce and these types of tech items allow us to do just that! So, let’s take a look below at some tools and tips that can make creating these shows quite easy!
Complete it all on your phone
Most likely, the photos you are taking are on your phone anyway, right? So, use the tech built right into your phone. This makes it pretty easy! With a Google Phone, Google Photos will create a nice slideshow for you. With an iPhone, you can use the “memories” function and it is SO VERY EASY! Take a look below.
Here’s how to make the videos:
And here’s how to send them to YouTube:
Use Google Slides
There’s a GREAT add-on in Google Slides that will dump ALL of your photos into Google Slides. You could simply play music and launch the slide show! First, you will need to upload your photos to your Drive from your phone. TIP – if you have LIVE photos (iPhone users) they will need to have the “live” option turned off.
Upload the photos:
Use the photoSlideshow Add-on
This will allow you to dump all your photos at once into slides!
Add in self-playing music with Screencastify
First, you will need to enable Screencastify with Slides. Take a look below at the video and how to do this:
Publish the video to share
Next, you will need to find the music you would like and also publish your Slides. Take a look below at how to do this:
Adobe Spark Video
Of course, Adobe Spark Video is also a great option. This will be a bit more time consuming as you have to enter the photos one by one, but it’s much easier when intertwining video + audio.
Copyright Free Music
If you’re looking for music that is copyright free, which I highly recommend, you can check out the resources below:
Free Music To use in Google Slides (Richard Byrne Post)
How to download YouTube’s royalty free music
Lastly, don’t forget to give everyone a way to access your creation over the summer. It will mean the world to many of our students!
Please reach out if you would like any help with this awesome project. Enjoy these last few weeks with your students!