iPad Digital Photo Essay – iMovie and Google Drive


There are lots of applications for a photo slideshow with narration. You can use it as a digital story that is fictional or autobiographical, you can use it to record a live presentation and create a digital record of it, or you could take a few images and discuss connections between them. For this assignment, we’ll take this last option.

Task One – identify, store and attribute appropriate images

  • Create a folder for the task on Google Drive.
  • Find a Creative Commons picture using search.creativecommons.org, or else use Google Image search or Flickr and filter to only look for CC images.
  • Download the image to your computer and then upload it to Google Drive.
  • Copy the image and paste it into a Google Doc or Slideshow along with attribution information: title of work, author, and license type.

Task Two – Use an iPad to create your movie

  • Go to the Google Drive app on your iPad.
  • Click on the three vertical dots next to the images you want to use.
  • Click on “Open In” and click on “Save Image”. This saves the images to the iPad.
  • Go to the iMovie App and open it.
  • Click on “Photos” on top right and “Recently Added”.
  • Click on photos to put them into “My Movie”. You can then arrange photos.
  • If you tap on image and lengthen it, the image will stay on screen for longer. In other words, you can adjust how long you want each slide to last.
  • Voice record button on bottom right – click the little microphone button.
    • Either record all narration together or else record narration for each picture separately.
  • After movie is recorded, click the back arrow (on top left) and save video using the square with arrow pointing up (this saves it to the iPad Camera Roll).
  • Then go to your Google Drive “Digital Essay Pictures” folder and upload your iMovie.