Carolyn Zellers
Instructional Technology Specialist

Picture Yourself in Paris (or anywhere)!

Quick Idea Published 10/19/10 Last updated on 5/16/18

From Creative Commons, or a similar source of photos, find and save images from a country that your students are studying or that speaks the language your students are studying.

Students will edit photos of themselves (best taken against a plain background) and paste themselves into photos that show interesting places, products or landmarks of another country. They will then do some research about that country.

After students have researched the place they are “visiting”, they should write up a summary of that place, explaining where they are in the country, and what they have learned about the geography, culture, traditions, products, religions, and so forth. They should place their image in their report, with a caption, if desired, stating where they are. Finish reports with a citation of resources.

Learn about the Magic Wand Tool, at the Related Content link, above, so it is easy to show students how to select an area quickly. It is also important to be familiar with layers in PhotoShop Elements, to combine then flatten two photos into one.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Content Standards
Custom Standards

Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework: PreK–12 STANDARD 4 Cultures

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the traditions, perspectives, practices, and products of the culture studied, including human commonalities as reflected in history, literature, and the visual and performing arts. In classical language study, discussion and writing will be in English.

Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Technology Operations and Concepts

Digital camera, PhotoShop Elements, Internet connection, copyright-free photographs of a variety of areas from a foreign country or countries.

Word processing or presentation program to insert the final photo image and add the research information you asked your students to provide for the location shown in their photo.

An example to show students what they will be doing.

See a photo example of this idea here

Adobe TV tutorials for PhotoShop Elements

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