DIY Sets: Helping Students Build Beautiful Slideshows

By Shahla Sayeed | September 25, 2018
Many Vidigami schools are using their Arts groups to document visual works. In our last best practices blog, we shared some tips on how to manage artwork in Vidigami – with the help of an organized group structure, people tagging (“creators”), and last but not least, sharing out album links and slideshows for both collecting and showcasing work from the classroom.
Now it’s time to let students show off their masterpieces!
While the personal Portfolio page (which every user in Vidigami can access on their sidebar) is an excellent way for keeping all your tagged life and work at your fingertips, here’s a different strategy that not only empowers students to curate their own works from all the various projects they are a part of, but also share them out as beautiful slideshows, which they can push to social media, or even embed to personal portfolio pages, blogs, and other 3rd party platforms. Here’s how:

1 – Permissions please!

In Vidigami, what each user is able to do is determined by either their system-wide role or their role within a group, and this can be adjusted. Typically, ‘Student’ users tend to have the default Contributor role in Vidigami. However, in order to work with group sets and slideshows, you need to have Manager permissions.
To allow art students to build their own slideshows without changing their Contributor role everywhere else in Vidigami, first create a new Custom Role for students called Portfolio Manager. You can use the default Manager role as a base for the new role, and simply check the permissions you’d like the student to have (make sure to select Manage Group Sets).
Don’t forget to save changes!

2 – Pick your Base Group

You want to keep all student portfolio sets under one roof (or in this case, one group). If you have a classroom group (e.g. Advanced Art Class), make sure that all students from the class are added as members. Next, make sure to enable Sets from the group’s settings.

What’s great about groups and their relevant members is that parents automatically get in on what’s going on in that group, with feeds and notifications of new activity!

3 – Assign Your Group ‘Portfolio Managers’

Remember, if your students have a default Contributor role, you’ll now need to make them Portfolio Managers within this group only, so that they can build their sets. Batch select the students from the Members tab in the class group, and change their roles to Portfolio Manager. Select Proceed and all set! These students can now create and manage their own sets.

4 – Pre-Set or Post-Set?

While it’s perfectly alright to let students create their own sets and name them as they see fit, you can also make things a little easier (and organized) well in advance by pre-creating sets for each student. When doing so, it’s a good idea to pick a clean and consistent naming style, so everyone knows exactly where to find their own set at a glance!

Tip: advise students to set a familiar cover image for their set, so it’s even easier to spot it.

5 – Collect and Curate

Once sets are made, students can immediately start browsing different albums from any other art groups or classes they are a part of and add media from them into their designated portfolio set within the base group (in this example, Advanced Art). They can either create single mash up sets for all their work, or, build separate sets for breaking down their work into buckets. It all boils down to how they plan to use it!

Reminder: before any work is added to a set, always make sure that the ‘Creator’ has been credited accordingly by adding the student name under the More Info section of the media. Check out how in the previous blog.

6 – Going Public

After collecting some great content, students can now start sharing their work beyond Vidigami! To do this, they must first go into their Set settings and make their collection Public.
Once this is done, a Share Slideshow icon will be displayed at the top right corner of the set. This generates 2 links that allow you to turn you set of content into a slideshow.

Use the basic HTML share link to share out the portfolio via social media or email:

Or, use the embed code, which is an iframe that can be dropped into any HTML code block when building your web page (e.g. Wix, WordPress, Square Space). Embed codes can be modified by adjusting the frame dimensions, looping, and even toggling the background transparency.

What’s great about public sets is that you can keep updating the same set in Vidigami, and it will refresh the content for the slideshow wherever it has been published! That means there is no need to recreate links each time there is something new, or needs to be taken out.

Note: When slideshows are embedded onto pages or shared via a link, external viewers will not be able to go into Vidigami to see the original content unless they are a registered user at that school. If they are, they will be able to select the ‘Go To Album’ icon (to the left of the Vidigami icon) at the bottom right corner. If they are not a registered user, they will be prompted to log in.

Planning to roll out portfolios for students this school year?
Try out group sets for students! We’d love to hear your experiences and all the creative ways you use slideshows to showcase incredible work.