• Watch this excellent video to learn how to create a talking storybook in PowerPoint:

VideoJug: How To Create A Talking Book In Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003

The websites and material mentioned in the video can be found using the links below:

  • If you would like to turn your PowerPoint Picture Book story into a multimedia production, you can use the free program Photo Story 3 and these directions. Photo Story makes it easy for students to narrate their stories and will add a lot of personalization to an already neat project.

  • You can turn yout wonderful PowerPoint storybooks into hard copy books by simply printing handouts in the size that you would like. Then, you will cut around the slides in staple them together. Hint: you may wish to remove navigation symbols on the PowerPoint prior to printing.

  • These books also work for older students who enjoy the multimedia aspect and creative aspect of writing books. Older students, in fact, love to create books for younger children. By the way, students love the little books that can be created when you print nine slides to a page.

  • Consider giving older students an opportunity to write books for students in the lower grades that are associated with curriculum specific content.

  • Student books can be posted online, using the Web creation feature of PowerPoint or the online resource SlideShare. Please be aware, many districts block products like SlideShare. However, the PowerPoint storybooks would still be available for for students and their parents at home. Please check with your technology coordinator and ask his advice regarding the posting of power points created in school.

  • This is not a picture book, but it is a great strategy to create study guides:

    This idea is from 50 Quick and Easy Computer Activities for Kids by Tammy Worcester, published by Visions Technology.

    The Fact Flipper gives students a great way to publish facts and research on any given topic. The Fact Flipper is a PowerPoint presentation with six question slides and six answer slides, printed in handouts six per page. The first six slides on page one are the question slides and when they print, students cut around the two sides and bottom of each slide to form a flap. That page is then glued on top of page two which has the six answer slides. The student is then able to read the question and lift the flap to find the answer.

    1. Students do research on their topic and compose five questions and answers.
    2. Open a blank PowerPoint presentation
    3. Choose "Title Only" slide layout
    4. Slide One - Click and type in the Title and instructions for your fact flipper
    5. Click on the striped text box border (not the handlebars) and drag your text box down to the middle of the slide
    6. Insert > New Slide > Choose "Title Only" slide layout for Slide Two
    7. Click and type in your question
    8. Click on the striped text box border (not the handlebars) and drag your text box down to the middle of the slide
    9. Repeat steps 6,7,8 for remainder of slides.
    10. Slide Three is a question
    11. Slide Four is a question
    12. Slide Five is a question
    13. Slide Six is a question
    14. Slide Seven should have the students name, date, class, etc.
    15. Slide Eight is the answer to Slide Two
    16. Slide Nine is the answer to Slide Three
    17. Slide Ten is the answer to Slide Four
    18. Slide Eleven is the answer to Slide Five
    19. Slide Twelve is the answer to Slide Six.
    20. Students should add images wherever they want by clicking "Insert" > "Picture" > from File or Clipart
    21. Save the Fact Flipper
    22. Print as Handouts - Six Slides per page.
    23. Page One - cut a slit on the two sides and bottom of each slide to create a flap and then glue Page One on top of Page Two.

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