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.
KQED Education is headed to ISTE. Check out our workshops and presentations listed below and visit us in the exhibit hall at the PBS booth where there will be mini presentations, goodie bags and a Kindle Fire drawing each day!
Presentations The Personal is Political: Digital Storytelling with Purpose
Learn how online research literacy can serve as a critical component of digital media authorship and provide students with more than a mastery of storytelling, but a comprehensive understanding of remix culture and fair use policy.
MythBusters host Adam Savage has a thing or two to say about the importance of tinkering — even if that means it gets messy.
“If you don’t get a chance to fail, if you don’t get a chance to try things and not get them right the first time, and you keep on doing it until you do get that specific kind of success, then you become so risk-averse that you in fact get an allergy to trying new things. And that is the worst thing we can do to kids.”
At Maker Faire last weekend, Savage spoke about how the “maker culture” is the engine that will fuel kids’ love for — and excelling in — math and science.
Here’s to that maker spirit!
Produced by Joanne Elgart Jennings and Matthew Williams. Photos in the video by Patrick Giblin.
As the open education movement grows, the ripple effects of what it means for teachers to take control of what they teach is being witnessed across all spectrums in education. Customizable content, sharing and becoming part of a community, and deconstructing entrenched ideologies about what constitutes quality learning materials — these are just a few paths that the open education movement is creating.
PBS LearningMedia is the next generation digital library from PBS and affiliates designed for educators to engage students in media-rich learning environments with videos, audio, and interactives. With over 20,000 resources, and more being added weekly, LearningMedia is the place to reimagine classroom learning, transform your teaching, and engage your students in new ways.
There are many ways to go about searching for different resources, but what are the most effective ways to use this library? Here are my top 5 favorites from a list of ten ways suggested by Iowa Public TV to incorporate PBS LearningMedia into teaching.
At the Big Ideas Fest a few months ago, where teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs and policymakers gathered to parse valuable ideas and figure out how to bring them to action, we asked a few participants their opinion on how to measure learning. Their answers showed the broad range of the differences in opinion.
Expounding on the ideas of the wildly popular article 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete in 2020, we asked a few of those who attended Big Ideas Fest, a recent gathering of teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs and policymakers, to predict what they think will be obsolete in 2020.
Walls around the classroom, said Bernadette Adams Yates, senior research analyst, who works at the Office of Education Technology at the Department of Education. “We’re moving towards students being able to create their own learning environments. It would be great for them to be able to put together their own learning path,” she said.
The first ever Digital Learning Day kicks of on February 1. Billed as “a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology,” the day will call attention to the value of integrating new tools into teaching and learning.
What is the value of integrating digital media and technology?
Well, that’s a trick question. We all know that technology for the sake of technology may be fun or may be a hassle, but it certainly doesn’t guarantee great teaching and learning. Digital media and technology, when integrated into a thoughtful curricular plan can:
provide real-world connections
strengthen understanding for a diversity of learning modalities
teach valuable tech skills
promote authentic assessment through the authoring and publishing process and so much more.
How can you join the Digital Learning Day celebration?
Check out the Digital Learning Day site to get access to resources and participate in the town hall meeting.
Challenge yourself to integrate digital media and technology into your classroom today. Or if you are already a seasoned tech integrator, try something new like microblogging with KQED’s Do Now or to help a colleague across the hall.
Seek out new media-rich resources from PBS LearningMedia, public media’s robust digital library filled with little bits of everything you might want or need to engage your learners and make real world connections. Search through the collection, save your favorites and share with your colleagues.
Join the conversation about innovative uses of technology in education at MindShift, KQED’s blog about the future of learning.
Get pointers on integrating media production into your instruction from KQED Education.
In our final Teacher Tech Training for the Summer, teachers learned how to create a slideshow with sound. They created Digital Postcards, similar to Audio Postcards, but now with images to accompany the soundtrack. They used the free web application JayCut to produce their projects. For many of the participants who came to our previous workshop were able to use their audio postcards as the foundation for their project. They only needed to then search for images that matched their narration and sequence them. For those who joined us for the first time had to write a narration script and record it into JayCut -- the application allows you to record audio directly from your computer. Pretty cool.
Here are the results of our teachers. Very awesome work!