Common Sense Review
Updated July 2013

PhotoPeach

Simple, cute slideshow site good for quick, creative presentations
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Common Sense Rating 3
  • PhotoPeach's interface is cute and colorful.
  • Manage student accounts from a teacher dashboard.
  • Slideshows can be easily used as teaching tools.
  • You can also utilize public slideshows from other Creators.
  • Public slideshows are categorized by subject.
Pros
Finished slideshows look reasonably professional, and the interface is very user-friendly.
Cons
Some students may find the site too basic, and the YouTube connection may distract more than it helps.
Bottom Line
Kid-friendly, versatile, and pretty fun, this site may be your best choice for basic classroom slideshows.
Polly Conway
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

For such a simple concept, PhotoPeach is pretty fun. It works smoothly, eliminating any frustration kids might run into. They'll love adding music to slideshows and seeing the end result.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

As they organize and select pictures for a slideshow, kids will think critically about how to present a particular subject matter. The final product can be pretty empowering, and kids can share slideshows through social media.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Because PhotoPeach is so simple, kids shouldn't need much help navigating it. However, if they do, a pretty extensive FAQ section should answer any questions.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

There are two main ways to use PhotoPeach in the classroom: Assign kids to create presentations, or put together your own slideshow. Give your students some guidance about citing sources when collecting media from the Web, as PhotoPeach doesn't offer any information about citing sources or fair use.

If you're into flipped-classroom learning, this could be a great way to introduce a concept to kids at home, then discuss it the next day during class. Using fun background music could engage students even more. You can also take a look at the many public slideshows already created on PhotoPeach; lots of them are educational and may fit right in with a unit you're teaching.

 

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What's It Like?

PhotoPeach is an online slideshow creator that students can use to tell stories, organize photos, or create presentations. The site allows you to access photos from Facebook, Picasa, or your own computer, and walks you through the slideshow creation process, including how to add captions and music. First, you'll upload a chosen series of pics, then pick an accompanying song to play in the background if you like. You can then drag and drop photos into the correct order, and add captions to each. It's also possible to add an interactive quiz; just click Quiz while editing.

Once a slideshow is complete, students have a few options: They can keep it unlisted (that's the default), make it public to all PhotoPeach viewers, or allow only invited viewers to see it. Social media publishing is also possible. When slideshows are open to other users, they can add comments, similar to YouTube or other sharing sites.

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Is It Good For Learning?

PhotoPeach is a perfectly simple site that does just what it sets out to do -- provide a place to create slideshows. Users only need to upload their media, and the resulting slideshows can look quite polished. Whether students are working on a research project or making a multimedia presentation, PhotoPeach is a fun and simple resource. However, students who are used to more advanced applications may want more design and playback options.

There is one issue to watch out for: While the site has pre-loaded music selections, students can also choose songs from YouTube (content filters permitting). This might distract students, or they could find themselves perusing inappropriate content. And while the YouTube song selection feature can be handy, the videos play in a tiny corner of the screen during a slideshow, which could be an audience distractor. The included music on the site isn't bad -- and you can upload your own mp3s -- but a better pre-loaded selection would be an improvement.

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