Using the iPad in the Classroom: A Photo Story

It is nearing the end of the year and I am trying to think of ways to keep my kids motivated to write!  (p.s. how are some people already out of school??!  #jealous)  One of my favorite things to do is take that inspired me...a Photo Story!  I had each student take a picture of something on the campus using our classroom iPad, then they wrote a personal narrative about it.  

The kids were FREAKING out, excited about this.  I had them partner up, and brainstorm what they would take a picture of, then they got to carefully take the iPad and take a photo of it (we have a VERY durable case ;)  Part of the catch was, that photo had to be incorporated into their story.  The whole story didn't have to center around it, but it had to fit into their story somehow.  

Not only where their stories amazing, but their photography skills were pretty good too!  The front cover of their story was their photo and a little caption about where they took the photo.  Their actual story was on the pages to follow.

Another incentive to finish their story is they get to put it up on our writing wall.  They feel accomplished, and can pick where they want to put their writing on the board.  

If you want a copy of the writing template I used, you can download this freebie HERE! :)


  1. Love it! I love anything that involves pictures.

  2. I can imagine how excited they were to get to do this project! They did do a great job on the photography too!
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  4. Saw this idea of yours on Instagram a few days! I hope you don't mind, but once power is restored (downed power line...yuck) and I'm on my computer I would love to link up your post to an app link up of mine! Can't wait to use this idea next year!

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  5. What a great idea, childen do so love a visual prompt for their creative writing don't they? Looks like they really enjoyed this. I wondered if you might be interested in taking part in an international collaborative writing project? Details here:
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  6. What a great idea. :) This type of open activity not only lets kids improve their writing but also stimulates their imagination.


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  9. When I was a student we could not dream about the iPad in the classroom.  I think that lack of PCs and other gadgets made our parents be interested in the web and app development. That's why the US is one of the smartest countries in the world. By the way, check my new blog post about golang. It will be interesting for junior developers and people who like technologies.