Kick off the new school year with lessons from our Back to School 2021 collection to help students express themselves, build relationships, and stay organized.

1. Introduction to Create a Photo Journal in Google Docs

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Writing in a journal is a popular way to express yourself creatively, whether you share the journal with others or keep it for yourself.

Many people think of a journal as a log of their daily lives, but there are many different types of journals.

Photo journals use images and text to tell a story.

They are used to demonstrate knowledge of a topic or document a particular interest or event.

You might create a photo journal to tell others about your interests inside or outside of school, such as working for the school newspaper; document a particular event or experience, such as your summer vacation or a music competition; or to demonstrate understanding of a topic you’re studying in school, such as a book you’re reading or a science fair project.

You could keep a journal in any notebook, but to include photos you’ve taken or images from the internet, a digital journal is more convenient.

Digital journals enable you to quickly upload or attach photos you’ve taken without having to print them.

Plus, they can be accessed anywhere and from any device connected to the internet.

In this lesson, you will create a photo journal in Google Docs.

You will learn to combine photos and text to tell your story.

You will also insert photos in a document, write and format journal entries that describe the photos and their importance, and structure the document in an easy-to-use format, with a table of contents, links, and appropriate headings.

To complete this lesson, you first must sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and sign in now.

If you don’t have a Google account, create one before beginning this lesson.

To start, open Google Docs.

Create a new, blank document, and give it a title.

Then, move on to the next video to get started building your project.


  1. Sign into your Google account.
  2. Create a new document and give it a title.