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Students explore the challenges of those who have "learning disabilities." They develop a storyboard and create a video which depicts learning disabled students coping with life. Special effects are added to the video scenes, as well as titles and closing credits.
Students research environmental issues through various Internet sites. In this technology-based lesson, students write a one page summary of the research they have done on an environmental issue. Students use the Internet sites included in this lesson plan.
Learners study the Cold War. In this world history lesson, students research the Cold War on the Internet and create a mock newscast about the Cold War. Learners record the newscast by using a video camera.
Eighth graders explore human health by researching a specific genetic disorder. In this illness presentation lesson, 8th graders must research a genetic disorder topic using the Internet and medical help before creating a video or poster presentation. Students create their presentations over 4 days while collaborating in groups.
Students practice their foreign language skills through the creation of film highlighting a visual tour through their school to be produced in the language that they are studying. The film can be sent to pen pals in another country.
Students explore the child labor practices in Nepal. Students research key elements to the problem. They identify the economic and social problems that exist in Nepal. Students use technology to create a documentary that shares what they have learned.
Young scholars determine how to use photographs to depict the feelings and meaning of poetry. In this poetry expression lesson, students work in teams as production companies to design a short film of photos. They use the film as a medium to convey the meaning and tone of student written poetry.
In the second of two sessions on creating oral presentations, pupils prepare a slide show to accompany their talk using Inspiration software. Find the first component of the project, in which class members diagram, map, and outline their presentations, at the Inspiration website.
Fifth graders, as part of a group effort, write a book review that includes a summary. Using appropriate multimedia software, 5th graders write and produce a commercial promoting their book to encourage others to read it.
Students chose a topic from the current curriculum to develop a PowerPoint presentation about. They present the PowerPoint in a professional manner which includes the way they are dressed and the way they interact with the audience. Each presentation is created using the designated format.
Seventh graders learn about cell mitosis. Students will also make their own animated example of mitosis using a digital camera, a computer with video editing software and clay.
Groups of learners collaborate on a story after choosing a photo to use as a story prompt. This resource has links to photos as well as lists of questions for groups to discuss prior to developing their story line. Useful, specific steps and instructions for the group are provided. A grading rubric is also included.
Second graders identify a historical figure, his or her societal contributions and basic biography using a Kidspiration graphic organizer and library resources. They use the Internet to conduct an historical treasure hunt in groups.
Students discuss the role of media in their lives and making decisions. In groups, they define violence and identify how it is represented in the type of entertainment they are accustomed to viewing. They compare and contrast behaviors from three points in history to today to end the lesson.
Students conduct career-based interviews. In this career education lesson, students research careers and interview career professionals to produce a video that features ins and outs of the career.
Young scholars track the International Space Station using satellite tracking software on the Internet. They predict the movement of the station, graph its motion, and design a 3-D display showing its path.
Students research the events of a specific year of the Cold War. In this Cold War instructional activity, students investigate the causes of the Cold War and highlight the events of a particular year.  Students create a storyboard and a video newscast presentation based on their research.
Ninth graders explore mathematical properties through the use of an advertising jingle. They produce a commercial that is digitized and presented to the class. Students write a jingle that simplifies each property and helps classmates learn the properties.
Students calculate elapsed time in a series of activities. In this calculating time lesson, students view a Cyberchase video that demonstrates how to calculate elapsed time. Activities include counting, subtracting and regrouping in base 60. Assessments and worksheets are provided for practice and progress monitoring.
Learners, after practicing narrative tenses for describing past events as well as practicing asking questions, produce a video Review of the Year. In extension, they condense their focus on subject matter after brainstorming what all happened at school during the year and begin to plan out their project.

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