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Keywords: research, digital presentations, Vocabulary, collaborative learning
Subject(s): Foreign Language, Speech and Language, Writing, Science, Podcasting, Dyslexia, Autism, Technology, Spelling, Video, Social Studies, Information Skills, Reading, Math, English/Language Arts
Grades 4 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Pompano Beach High School, Pompano Beach, FL
Planned By: Sandy Melillo
Original Author: Sandy Melillo, Pompano Beach
Process (detailed)
• Students will participate in technology-driven project-based learning
• Students will participate in collaborative groups
• Students will utilize several types of presentation software to create an electronic project
• Students will utilize the internet to access root word definitions and the definitions of words
containing roots.
• Students will apply understanding of vocabulary to writing through sentence development.
• Students will share their presentations with peers to enhance the student-as-teacher experience
• LA.910.3.5.1 The student will prepare writing using technology in a format appropriate to the
purpose (e.g., for display, multimedia)
• LA.910.6.3.2, The student will ethically use mass media and digital technology in assignments
and presentations, citing sources according to standardized citation styles
• LA.910.6.4.1,The student will use appropriate available technologies to enhance
communication and achieve a purpose (e.g., video, digital technology) which fall specifically
under writing skills utilizing technology.
• A computer connected to an LCD projector, TV monitor, or electronic whiteboard.
• Laptop cart or 5 computers (or one computer) with internet access and presentation software
such as Powerpoint/Keynote, iPhoto/Picassa, and Garage Band/Audacity.
• An external drive or flash drives to save projects.
• One 60-90 minute class period for technology instruction if needed
• One 60-90 minute class period for creating and collating slides and music.
• 5 – 2-4G Flash drives
• 1- portable drive 120G- 1 T
• Scanner if using original artwork
• Root word project sheet
• List of root words or vocabulary words
• Drawing materials if using original artwork
• Flip cameras or headsets for Voice overs
• Divide class in groups of 2-4 students
• Each group decides on a particular project theme
• Instructor assigns particular root words to each group, preferably enough for one per student
OR choose eight root words and have all groups do the same words all presented in different
• Each group will fill out the root word worksheet which will include
- root word and definition
- a word that contains the root word and its definition
- the part of speech of the word containing the root word
- the word used in a sentence
• Students will either use computers to find and download an appropriate picture that displays word and theme or draw and color a picture and scan it to a flash drive as a .jpg
- Public domain picture websites include:
• www.freefoto.com • www.freedigitalphotos.net • morguefile.com
• nationalgeographic.com/siteindex/photogallery • http://etc.usf.edu/fde/
• Students will used PowerPoint or Keynote to create a slide that includes:
- root word and definition
- a word that contains the root word and its definition
- the part of speech of the word containing the root word
- the word used in a sentence
- the picture of the word
- a voice over stating the word, definition and sentence
• Students will combine slides into one PowerPoint and add music from an MP3 and a voice over created in Garage Band.
• Students will present the project to the class.
• This project can be replicated using any vocabulary suitable for the class.
Because PowerPoint is a program available on both PCs and Macs, it is probably most successfully used with this project, particularly if students wish to take their projects home to finish. It is important to note that projects created on Macs should not be save in pptx but rather ppt. It is then possible for students to move back and forth between PCs and Macs. Another important part of this project is that although an MP3 may be attached to this project, it will not work if presented on another computer unless a folder is created that contains both the PowerPoint and the MP3 of the music. These should be saved as project folders on the large drives. Even if the project is made into a PowerPoint movie, the original MP3 must be in the folder. If the entire project is converted to a QuickTime movies or a Windows Movie Maker movie with the music included, only then will the MP3 in the folder be unnecessary.
PowerPoint steps
1. Open PowerPoint and choose a slide theme.
2. Type in Title on opening slide
3. Text size and type can be changed by clicking on Format.
4. To insert a picture click on picture.
5. Choose a picture (or jpg) previously found and put into a photo collection (iPhoto, Picasso) or from your drive or desktop.
6. Insert and size the picture.
7. To add more text or change size, color, or font, click on Format.
8. To animate text click on Tool box and choose type and speed of animation within a slide.
9. For transitions between slides click on Transitions
10. To insert music or sound, click on Media
11. Choose music from iTunes, Garage Band, or MP3 list. Use Garage Band to add music and create a voice over. (A flip camera or headsets can be used for this)
12. Choose slide where music plays or begins.
13. Click on Tool Box and then on the name of the music.
14. Click on Media Options and choose the number of slides for music to play.
15. To time entire slide show click on Slide Show
16. Adjust timing if necessary.
17. While creating a PowerPoint SAVE after every slide, every action. SAVE SAVE SAVE
18. For a class project, save to a flash drive for later collaboration. When adding this
slide to another presentation you will go to INSERT and SLIDE FROM and ANOTHER
19. Click on the jump drive image and choose slide to add. Make any necessary music or timing adjustments.

Teachers should have as much fun with their assessments as student do with their presentations. Including entertaining pictures such as the man probably cleaning but looking like his head is inside the rear end of a 20 foot statue is a wonderful example for "fulsome" or "sycophant." I use Mimio votes with a projector to give quizzes containing such visuals. Needless to say, vocabulary comes alive and quizzes are fun.
Vocabulary study is key for all curricular areas so this project can be used for all subjects.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Vivid Visual Vocabulary was originally designed for Grade 9-12, but with the current status of all students K-12 as digital “native” and the ease of presentation software materials, there is little reason that this project cannot be implemented to some degree in all grade levels. The use of older student mentors would be a particular improvement to the success of this project, especially working with groups. Such adjustments would be as follows:
1. Grades K-3
Students could review phonetics creating a slide show of reading words with appropriate pictures, a voice over of a student pronouncing the word, and even music playing under the slide or a sound effect that would be appropriate to that word. For example:

Students could bring in their own photos to scan into the project. Putting a reading list into a PowerPoint presentation that the students themselves have designed would be fun and engaging.
2. Grades 4-8
Students in these grade levels have the computer expertise and the creativity to produce vocabulary presentations. This would also be a good opportunity to utilize high school students who have previously done projects to serve as mentors for groups of elementary or middle school students. There is no activity that reinforces learning more than teaching.
Math: Geometric formulas offer many creative possibilities for pictures in the shape of certain objects.

Social Studies: Just as Ken Burns moved generations of views with his historical slide presentations, social studies students could do the same utilizing vocabulary from different eras with appropriate pictures. Certainly the vocabulary associated with geography (i.e. latitude, longitude, tundra etc.) would be the basis of very creative presentations.

Lines of Latitude are the imaginary horizontal lines shown running east-to-west (or west to east on maps that run either north or south of the equator.

Science: Knowing root words is the basis for terms used in medicine, horticulture, geology, anatomy, biology, all aspects of science.
Root: Litho- stone Sphere- round Lithosphere
Foreign Language: Conjugating verbs is an integral part of learning a new language and would be much more fun in video than traditional “drill and skill.”
throw the ball - lancer la balle

The project can be expanded as an application to any area of any curriculum: A short story/poem/novel study, a particular historical era, a mathematical concept, a tour of a country, a scientific theory, etc.
Links: Public domain images
Root words
Apple software tutorials
Materials: Batteries, Tripods, Flash/USB Drives, Hard Drives, Digital Cameras, Flip Video, Flash Memory Camcorders, Autism, Dyslexia, Speech and Language
Other Items: 1 Toner HP 60, $22 each, total of $22.00
1 Scanner/ HP deskjet, $69 each, total of $69.00
1 Apple laptop computer, $948 each, total of $948.00
1 External drive 1 TB portable, $90 each, total of $90.00
6 4 GB flashdrives, $60 each, total of $360.00