The following templates are provided as examples and may be used to implement the project. Each template includes text boxes that give the students directions on what and where to input text and images. These templates are intended to be a starting point and by no means exhaust the possibilities. Each classroom will have particular events and activities that the teacher will want to include to document his/her students' experiences. A template appropriate for any occassion can easily be created.
To make a template, choose an application that allows for creative desktop publishing. I used The Print Shop and Creative Photo Albums. However, there are numerous alternatives available. Once you select a publishing program, create a template that captures the mood and feeling of the event. Include graphics and use color to add visual appeal. Older students could be included in this creative process and actually make templates. After the basic template is created, save it as a Bitmap file. This file can then be imported into PowerPoint as a "picture" and then stretched to fit the entire slide. Once the template is imported into PowerPoint, text boxes with directions for the students should be added to each slide. Save each slide again in PowerPoint. Students can then access the slides, complete them, save them to their individual folder and create thier own slide show at the end of the school year.
Below are images of each template followed by a file that can be loaded into PowerPoint for use.
Multimedia Millenium Memories: If you have PowerPoint, click here to download PowerPoint File. Choose the "Save it to Disk" command in the browser prompt window. The file will then be saved on your hard drive and can be opened and manipulated in PowerPoint.
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