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Photo Story for the Classroom

Photo Story for the Classroom

by Shutterfly

GRADES / Middle School (Grades 5-8), High School (Grades 9-12)

Multimedia story creation app for the iPad


Photo Story allows K-12 students to self-publish multimedia books on the iPad to document their own stories or reflect on their learnings in different subjects. Students can add text, photos, audio clips and Doodles (drawings) in their book; teachers are provided with Common Core aligned lesson plans from grades K-12 in different subjects. The Photo Story app is for free while schools can also choose to purchase and print out the student-created books.


Students first download the Photo Story app and create their account to log in. To create their own book, they choose from a list of book style templates and select all photos they wish to add in their book. Students can then drag-and-drop pictures to add in each page, add text for each picture, edit background color, rearrange pages, and add 30-second audio clips or Doodles. As students edit the book, they need to manually save their progress from time to time, but since the book is saved online, students can continue to edit the book on any other iPad after logging in once more.

Teachers can search for lesson plans by grades (K-12) and by subject (e.g. Art, ELA, Math, Science, etc.) here. The lesson plans are aligned with Common Core or State standards for each grade level.


As of October 2015, the app is currently only available for iPads.


The Photo Story app in the Apple store is free to download; schools and districts may choose to print the books created by the students and purchase them from the company for $8 per book. Further discounts depend on the total quantity of books ordered.


As of March 2015, over 500 students in more than 50 schools use Photo Story.


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School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Blended Learning

I wish it were available with Chromebooks. We have so few Ipads/tablets at our district. I'd be willing to bring in m...

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Free App, option to purchase books for schools and districts - Students create the book using the free app. If they decide to purchase the books the pricing is $8 or less per book based on volume. It is typically purchased at the school and district level.
Can be purchased by Teacher, School Leader, District Administrator, Student, or Parent. - We sell in-app upgrades and/or content (one-time)


This product is available as a native application on the following devices:
iPad App
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