Multi Media Presentations:

Multi-Media Presentations are visual presentations of information, a step beyond PowerPoint. The key to a good presentation is writing a good script and storyboarding. Organization of ideas is essential. If the ideas are not organized, the presentation will not be also.
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Finding video content online is not difficult anymore. With the advent of UnitedStreaming, YouTube, and other streaming media you can find video of almost anything you want, any time you want, and are incorporating that into your teaching. But what if you can’t find what you are looking for? What if you have footage of something cool that you want to share with the world? Maybe you want to get your student's attention by posting the instructions in a way that is accessible to them anytime and anywhere.
To create the video I suggest PhotoStory if you are going to narrate pictures or a PowerPoint. For video MovieMaker is easy to edit footage, add titles and add music.
Webcams now include software to turn yourself in to an avatar (think cartoon character) and you can record you voice and facial expressions to give directions to your students. (See the example below.) Something different to catch those middle school minds!
Once videos are created they can be embedded into a wiki, blog, or linked from your TeacherWeb page. The advantage of being able to embed the video is the students never leave the page to view the content.
Here is a sample of a teaching video.

Posted by **robiny** at TeacherTube.com.

Some Ideas for Teaching Videos:
  • Science labs - capture the process for students to refer back to or for students who were absent
  • Introduce a unit for your students that they can refer back to
  • Explain hard to get concepts or problem solving skills step by step
  • Create a video to provide background info for a unit

Get Students in on the Act:
Creating the videos can also be a task for the students. When students create multimedia presentation they use their writing skills. The key to a good presentation is writing a good script and storyboarding. Organization of ideas is essential because if the ideas are not organized, the presentation will also not be organized.

What Multi Media Presentations Do Well:
  • Gives voice to student work
  • Creates visual interest in a subject
  • Can be turned into a vodcast (more on this in future posts).
Ways MultiMedia Presentations are being Used in Education:
  • Newscast about historical events
  • Advertisements
  • Reports about countries
  • Teach a subject to another class
  • Book reports

Free Software to create multi-media presentations:
  • Movie Maker - edits video and add transitions, titles, etc.
  • PhotoStory 3 - makes a slide show out of your pictures. - Add narration and pan and zoom effects. Good for student made documentaries, presentations.
Once you have your video created, you need a place to keep that video that students, parents, etc can access easily. I suggest www.teachertube.com. Why use TeacherTube to host your videos? It’s free! The storage space is unlimited. It’s free. The purpose of the site is to host and share educational videos. Links to other videos should not be inappropriate for your students. Did I mention it’s free with unlimited space? YouTube and Google Video contain videos clips that may nto be appropriate for our kiddos to see. So please don’t tempt them by hosting your video there! So choose wisely!

Streaming Video Websites:

John Stossel in the Classroom - http://stosselintheclassroom.org/video_activity.html - new videos are posted each month. The newest one is over Global Warming. (not running at the moment - check back)

http://www.teachersdomain.org - Science resources

Google Videoes - http://video.google.com/
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/ BE VERY CAREFUL!!!!! after watching a video it gives snapshots and links to other videos and some of these are very inappropriate for school. ( I found Grammer Rocks from School Rocks)
TeacherTube - http://www.teachertube.com

Search using terms like "Science Experiement", chemistry demonstration, learn spanish, mathematics, book trailers, grammar, etc.**


Digital Cameras in the Classroom:


Ideas:

  • document the steps of a science experiment and put it into a slide show to share with other classes.
  • Science of a picture – take a picture and research the science in the picture. Share that research on a webpage, wiki, podcast, powerpoint, poster, etc.
  • Pictures of class or school events
  • Take pictures of a field trip - compile the pictures into a presentation (PowerPoint or PhotoStory). * Assign a picture to a students and have them describe briefly what was in the picture highlighting new
vocabulary words by using different colors/fonts. Share the project with another campus (in or out of the district)
  • Use digital images as a writing prompt

Websites
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/gadgets.html
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/digitalcameras.htm
http://k-12.pisd.edu/multimedia/peripherals/camera/camera.htm