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Students use multimedia technology to create a kids news bulletin. In groups, they explore an interesting topic of study. Prior to beginning their investigation, students observe professionally made newsbreaks. Using the internet, students research their topic and create a video.
Practice persuasive writing and speeches with this lesson. Middle schoolers brainstorm the components of presentations by watching videos of sample speeches (if available), and ways the people delivering the speeches demonstrate correct components. The class creates a rubric for scoring speeches. They then prepare persuasive presentations after completing research and finding strong evidence. As students present their speeches, they are scored with the class rubric.
Students create a video incorporating clay animation and skits. Using their video creation, students explain and explore the five basic food groups, nutrition news, nutrients, benefits and food examples. They maintain a food journal, recording what they each each day.
Water Quality and Environmental Pollution
Learners use litmus paper to begin to discover the qualities of acids and bases. They learn about pH by testing clear liquids for acidity with purple cabbage juice as an indicator. The video Streamkeeper, with Bill Nye, and other video resources (not included), along with observations of a potted plant watered with vinegar solution, illuminate the sources and effects of acid rain on the environment. Cross-curricular extensions and links to useful websites are included.
Walking in Their Shoes
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.
High schoolers 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.
Documenting Child Labor in Nepal
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.
Invertrebrates: Our Many Spineless Friends
A splendid lesson on invertebrates is here for you. Elementary schoolers take in a teacher-led presentation on these interesting animals, then split up into groups to perform research on a certain animal. Once the groups have completed their research, they make a video in which each group member shares some of the information they've gathered about their invertebrate. Terrific worksheets, and a scoring rubric are embedded in this truly fine lesson plan.
Media: Between the Lines
Learners in grades four through eight discuss, engage, and interact online to better grasp the concept of media. They will identify types of media, deconstruct media, understand how they personally use or interact with media, and work to build digital literacy skills. Two videos, a ton of great discussion questions, two activities, and a handout make this a great resource for teaching your 21st century learners.
Picture Yourself in Time
A super instructional activity that integrates technology and career exploration! Kids use graphic organizers and brainstorming to first analyze Time Magazine covers, then they think about what they'll be doing in 10 years. They research careers, make a goal, and then use digital cameras and the computer to make mock Time Magazine covers describing their personal accomplishments. Neat idea!
Transitioning viewers from the number system with which they are so familiar, this video introduces the concept and application of binary numbers. Sal acknowledges that this system can be awkward and counter-intuitive at first, but he continues to show examples of how one would use binary numbers to express mathematical expressions.
Our Computers, Ourselves: Imagining the Digital Lives of Authors and Characters
The guiding question for this lesson is "Do computers and their contents shape who we are?" Open with a selection of Apple's commercials to introduce stereotypes and people's relationships with their computers. Then, read the attached article with your class and discuss the five questions provided. A list of activities and extensions are also provided. Get kids to think about what an author's personal computer might contain.
Digital Self Portraits
Students use digital cameras and computers to create their own self-portrait. After taking their picture, they download the image and use brush and shape tools, colors and the elements of design to create a distorted portrait of themselves. They share their portrait with the class.
New! The Reality of Digital Drama
Why is drama queen a title but not drama king? Explore peer drama with your class, covering both reality television and real-life Internet interactions. Pupils discuss drama as a general term before watching two videos while taking notes. The videos spark a conversation about drama and gender roles. Wrap up by asking your class to reflect on the videos and discussion.
Creating Oral Presentations II
If you are new to digital media and are considering assigning presentations to your young orators, check out the step-by-step directions presented here. Follow the provided script to guide your class in the use of presentation software.
The Daily Show Effect on American Politics and Political Culture
Political satire has been around for many years and is gaining popularity as more satirical television news show are aired. Ask your class to analyze the role of political satire and humor in American politics. The resource provides articles to read as well as some links to relevant video clips. Some of the video clips provided have been removed by the user, so you might need to find a couple on your own. After a discussion, pupils compose an essay response. Class members will most likely need more time than the amount allotted to compose their essays.
Digital Storytelling Lesson
Students create a digital story. In this technology integration lesson plan, students work in small groups to write and produce a digital story. Students share their end product with classmates and an on-line audience.
Digital Book Talking: Promoting a School-Wide Appreciation of Literature
Students participate in a digital book talk. In this book talk lesson, students work with a partner produce a digital book talk that is aimed at increasing literature appreciation throughout the school They talk about a novel they have read and the book talk is broadcast throughout the school.
Poetry Through Digital Storytelling
Bring digital storytelling to your language arts class! To begin, learners select their own topic, such as a poem that reflects a life experience they had or a historical figure who interests them. Then they work to create a storyboard and eventually a digital presentation that tells the story of their selected topic through pictures. A great lesson idea, these activities could easily be adapted to the study of poetry, historical figures, or even earth science concepts.
Photo Story/Video: Immigrant Experience in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century
Young scholars consider the plight of immigrants. In this 19th and 20th century history lesson, students create digital stories using photographs and audio files from the Library of Congress that feature the experiences of immigrants to America during the time period.