Photo stories & animations

Photo stories & Animations

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Photo stories*

(*also known as 'photo essays')

Information Tips for photo & digital story creation

View What you need to view photos & digital stories

Photos are often available embedded in websites or uploaded onto photosharing sites such as Flickr or VoiceThread . Most photo stories that are embedded into websites will play automatically when clicked.

Create What you need to create photos, slideshows or photo stories

1. Creating photos

Photos may be taken by cameras, webcams or mobile phones and uploaded and edited on computer.

2. Creating slideshows

Photos or PowerPoint presentations can be used to create slideshows or digital stories using iphoto (Mac) or SlideShare.

3. Creating photo stories

Science stories may be created with photos, videos, narrations and/or text using Windows Photo Story (PC) or imovie(Mac). Here are more tips on How to create digital stories (University of Wollongong)

Share How to make your photos & photo stories available for others to view

Photo projects can be uploaded to a host platform for sharing. Some available platforms include:
  • one specific to a university eg WebCT, Blackboard
  • Photo website hosts such as:
    • Flickr , a photo sharing website, where settings may be public or private and comments can be added.
    • VoiceThread , an online media album where groups of people can view and make comments (by voice - with telephone or microphone, by text, audio file or video with a webcam), on images, videos and documents. Privacy can be controlled.
    • SlideShare for photo or Powerpoint presentations.
    • Placestories is a software system for creating digital stories, supporting communities, particularly in rural and regional areas.
    • Your own website , wiki or blog.
  • You may also find it useful to promote your photo story or discuss your project on social media.
  • More tips on sourcing and using photos

Student_assignment_examplesExample of photo stories

Climate change & plants photo story.

Maths applications in the real world photo story.


Here is an article*, with illustrations, on another creative approach. A team in the UK had students create comics on scientific topics. The students then peer-reviewed each others' comics for scientific content and quality of presentation. Student authors could then respond to their reviewers. So, students got practice in explaining science visually and in text as well as practice in peer review.

The comic book mode has been used effectively by organisations such as Pfizer. They published a comic representation of how Marshall and Warren discovered that helicobacter pylori cause stomach ulcers, which won them the Nobel Prize. Science comics were also created by scientists in the 1960s, a topic being investigated by one of our team, Dr Joan Leach of the U of Queensland.

*G. Lo Iacono and A.S.A.T. de Paula, A pilot project to encourage scientific debate in schools. Comics written and peer reviewed by young learners, Jcom10(03) (2011) A04.


Information Animations about science

Scientists may create animations to communicate their work.
Slow animation, coined Slowmation, was created by Associate Professor Garry Hoban from the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong, Australia. The Slowmation website gives information about creating science animations and many examples of animations (mostly created by university students who are learning to be primary school teachers).

Here is a link to examples of animations created by students in environmental studies at the National University of Singapore.

Student_assignment_examples Example animations (from )

A 'slowmation' (2 frames per second with voice-over) created by a university student who is training to become a school teacher. The audience is meant to be a class of students in Year 5.

Here is a slowmation on understanding and making electrical circuits. It has been created by a university education student.