ICT student textbook/Photo and image essays

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Communication with graphics level 1 Photo and image essays Tell a story

Creating photo and image essays

In this activity you will learn how to compose a story with pictures.


  1. Capturing an image to tell a story and communicate
  2. Understanding that a collection of images can be created as an essay
  3. Getting familiar with different methods of image capture
  4. Ability to tell a story

What prior skills are assumed

  1. Ability to handle ICT equipment safely, including mobiles, camera, etc (If needed, a short introductory session can be done by the teacher)
  2. Familiarity with the ICT environment and managing files and folders
  3. Text typing in local languages - through concept mapping and text editing

What resources do you need

  1. Working computer lab with projector
  2. Computers installed with Ubuntu Operating System
  3. Camera, mobile, connectors
  4. Images, photos
  5. Handout for Ubuntu
  6. Handout for LibreOffice Writer
  7. Handout for Freeplane
  8. Handout for Tux Paint
  9. Handout for Image Viewer

What digital skills will you learn

  1. Accessing and creating images - drawing and taking a photo, using the camera to capture and image, using screenshot to capture an image
  2. Organizing them in folders
  3. Viewing images
  4. Combining different formats together - text and image

Description of activity with detailed steps

Teacher led activity

Your teacher will demonstrate how to create an image using multiple methods:

  1. A photograph with a camera (or a mobile)
  2. Taking a photograph of a hand-drawn illustration with a camera or mobile
  3. A screenshot or a snapshot from a video playing

She will also show you how these images can be copied to the computer.

Single image essay
A cow and her calf
  1. Your teacher will show you an image about which you will tell a story
  2. This will involve looking at all the data elements in the image and making connections.
  3. She will demonstrate how there can be different stories.
  4. Discuss with your teacher what are the elements of story telling that are involved - listing the important events, put them in order, determine the medium and format of communication.
  5. For the image shown, discuss as a class how you will tell the story, and the teacher will document this story either as a mind map or a text document
Multiple image essays - timeline
  1. You have already seen different kinds of images like timelines or infographics that can also be used to tell stories. Discuss with your teacher how to capture a timeline of an activity. For example, what story can you tell from these pictures?
  2. What are the different ways in which you can capture time line of an activity? How can you identify a place from pictures? How many different ideas can you pick up from the pictures?
  3. Is there a difference between story telling with a single picture and story telling with multiple images?
  4. Watch how the teacher opens multiple pictures; your teacher will demonstrate how to make an image slide show for viewing multiple pictures.
Multiple image essays - capturing moments
  1. Your teacher will show you this next set of images. You can work in groups and discuss with about what stories you can build from these pictures.
  2. Think about whether there is any difference between this story and the previous story on time line. What is the difference you see and why do you think it is different?

Before starting your own activities, discuss with your teacher how to capture photos and images of places and people that will tell stories on their own.

Student activities

  1. Make an image essay of any local festival or fair. You can get a collection of 3-5 images (you can either draw them or photograph them) and show them as a slideshow. These images are your story! You use your imagination to tell the story you want, from these images.
  2. You have studied about natural fibres in your science class. In your community, identify local craftsmen/ occupations/ industry/ shop that makes or sells products using various natural fibres. Examples can include thatching, basket weaving, fabric weaving, dyeing. Find out how these activities are done and develop a picture story.
  3. Create a picture time line of the following in groups and discuss your creations:
    1. Day in the school
    2. Preparing for Dussehra
    3. A timeline of the Samakka Saralamma Jatra
    4. Mission Kakatiya


  1. Your collection of images - organized in a folder
  2. You would have imagined the story line and developed some ideas for telling a story. Type the story line into a text document.