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PD Module #2: Narrated Slideshows for Science Education (self-paced)

| December 11, 2012 | 10 Comments
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Today, science demands sophisticated skills not generally taught as part of standard science curricula. Ideally, science instructional strategies teach a body of knowledge and cultivate other abilities required for the practice of science. For example the scientific community values collaboration and teamwork, critical and focused observation, the use of technology for data collection, evaluation of information, and communication skills. All of these skills can be cultivated through the use of media making projects. For this reason, student media-making projects are an excellent way to introduce these 21st century proficiencies.

A good first-step media project to use with students is a narrated slideshow. The programs used to make one are relatively simple and students can either take their own photos or find properly licensed images on the web in addition to using their own voice to narrate the story. KQED has developed a new tool for educators to assist in the understanding of how to create a slideshow as well as the implementation of such a project in the science classroom.

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Category: 6 -12 Science, Online Training Modules, Science, Teacher Trainings, Teacher Trainings for Science

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Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.
  • Lydia Ropp

    I am a Social Studies teacher that is attempting to expand my curriculum to overlap with Science in a meaninful way. Most of my classes are Government and Economics and looking at US science policies and the emerging/developing Economic opportunities, would be an excellent way to encourage students to apply the concepts I am teaching in a real-world/real-time context to create cognitive connections between core subject matter.

    I am looking forward to learning this performance-based, visual approach to learning and assessment

  • Lydia Ropp

    I am a Social Studies teacher that is attempting to expand my curriculum to overlap with Science in a meaninful way. Most of my classes are Government and Economics and looking at US science policies and the emerging/developing Economic opportunities, would be an excellent way to encourage students to apply the concepts I am teaching in a real-world/real-time context to create cognitive connections between core subject matter.

    I am looking forward to learning this performance-based, visual approach to learning and assessment

  • Michelle Steever

    In the video clip from QUEST Lab: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Paul Doherty concludes with “ … using these three laws we can understand…. and how you can drive to the store and get home safely.” I will create a 2-4 minute narrated slide show that highlights the basic forces used to make that ever so important trip to the shopping mall.

  • Michelle Steever

    In the video clip from QUEST Lab: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Paul Doherty concludes with “ … using these three laws we can understand…. and how you can drive to the store and get home safely.” I will create a 2-4 minute narrated slide show that highlights the basic forces used to make that ever so important trip to the shopping mall.

  • Randall Wilks

    Unable to access the images for slide 8. It wants to upload these to the Dropbox website which is full. I can still use the Dropbox folder on my computer, but cannot get the images into it.

    • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/ Matthew Williams

      Hi. To access the images, you need to click on the sprocket icon in the upper left part of the dropbox website. You can then select “download zip file.” You can’t upload images to the folder. You can only download the folder.

  • Randall Wilks

    Unable to access the images for slide 8. It wants to upload these to the Dropbox website which is full. I can still use the Dropbox folder on my computer, but cannot get the images into it.

    • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/ Matthew Williams

      Hi. To access the images, you need to click on the sprocket icon in the upper left part of the dropbox website. You can then select “download zip file.” You can’t upload images to the folder. You can only download the folder.

  • http://www.heydange.weebly.net Achim Dangerfield

    This was a great exercise for me because although I have done slideshows before, I just bought a Macbook and it got me used to doing them on it, especially how to click my mousepad with two fingers at once to save the images as JPEG files, instead of just rightclicking w/ mouse.

    -Dange

  • http://www.heydange.weebly.net Achim Dangerfield

    This was a great exercise for me because although I have done slideshows before, I just bought a Macbook and it got me used to doing them on it, especially how to click my mousepad with two fingers at once to save the images as JPEG files, instead of just rightclicking w/ mouse.

    -Dange