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Keywords: Digital animations, science, clip art, technology, Cooperative learning
Subject(s): Information Skills, Art, Photography, Video, Animation, Spelling, Chemistry, Grammar, Science, Writing, Reading, Physics, English/Language Arts
Grade 8
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: Sarasota School-Arts & Science, Sarasota, FL
Planned By: Carlos Hernandez
Original Author: Carlos Hernandez, Sarasota
Students will be asked to create digital presentations of various science concepts.
The student created presentations will then be shown to the class by the students
as part of our year end review. Students will demonstrate mastery of science concepts
by creating a story board ahead of time and submit it to the teacher. Students will include how they will present their work for the class and which specific science concepts they will be covering. Once approved, students will work in small groups to create digital presentations of science concepts including but not limited to:
The Scientific Method
Describing Motion
Newton's Laws of Motion
Forces and Fluids
Energy and Energy Resources
Thermal Energy
Foundations of Chemistry
States of Matter
Understanding the Atom
The Periodic Table
Elements and Chemical Bonds
Electromagnetic Waves
Sound and Light
Electricity and Magnetism
Students will need access to clip art and laptops in order to create their presentations. The top ten digital presentations will be uploaded to the class's website for all students to have access at home for their year end test review.
This curriculum-based lesson plan will incorporate the responsible use of digital images
by asking students to only use images that are available to them. Students will be instructed on copyright laws as well as incorporating 21st century skills for their digital presentations.
Students will enjoy creating digital animations while at the same time teaching fellow students about various science concepts. When students are the ones teaching, they are more likely to truly understand a concept rather than just memorizing it for an exam. This will be a great outlet for students who normally do not like to present in front of the class but are creative and knowledgeable of science concepts. Cooperative learning should lead to drawing creativity from diversity.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
If we can receive the clipart license, all departments in our school will have access and
students will be able to incorporate the use of technology in to various disciplines.
The use of digital presentations could lead to the development of students presenting their
science fair projects in an electronic format rather than a small display board. Digital
presentations of the science fair projects could be projected and presented to the class more efficiently.
Materials: Flip Video, Video Tools, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, Memory Cards, Mice, English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Middle, Art Tools, Web Page, Slideshow, Clip Art, Timeline, Animation, Sound Libraries, Student Resources, Assessment