Shutterfly is launching an amazing classroom resource called Shutterfly Photo Story. Most of us are familiar with the high quality and fast turn around Shutterfly offers for pictures, picture books, and calendars. Now, Shutterfly is taking their expertise to empower students from all over the country to tell a photo story with their iPad app: Shutterfly Photo Story.
What is Photostory?
Shutterfly Photo Story inspires students to do their best work by showcasing completed projects in a published book. A fun new way to incorporate technology in the classroom, our iPad app aligns with the English Language Arts Common Core Standards for each grade level. Easy and intuitive, Photo Story helps students document their projects and stories with text, photos, audio clips and Doodles.
I was fortunate to have the Shutterfly Photo Story team show off their product and discuss the inspiration for this project at ISTE 2014. The team wanted to take what they already do (a market leader in personalized digital photography products and services) and provide a personalized learning opportunity for every student in every grade level. I was impressed with the amount of research and testing the team conducted before releasing the app. The Photo Story team worked with Alice Christie, Ph.D. and Helen Padgett, Ph.D. of Arizona State University along with the research firm of Walkington/Sugarman Education Sales Advisors to run pilot projects across the country. Some of the interesting findings in the pilots were that Photo Story was used across the core curricular areas. They received very favorable feedback on the quality of the final book. On a 1-10 scale, teachers and students rated the value of the physical book at 9.45.