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IMovie -- "Wait Time"

Jean Yu, Nina Williams, Mindy Brown, and Matthew Lance made a short and humorous IMovie to to explain the teaching strategy of Wait Time.  Wait Time is basically when a teacher lets students think about a previous answer longer so that they may come up with a longer and more detailed answer.

IMovie was fun and easy to use.  I plan on using IMovie when I teach.  I think that the kids will learn more and be able to pay more attention if they are involved in the actual movie.

Teaching/Learning with digital images

 Digital images, whether they are movies or pictures, are very important to the success of future teaching and learning.  I had always known that I wanted to use digital images in my classroom when I started teaching so I was very excited to learn more about them.  I never realized that, for the most part, they were so easy to use.  Since I now know how to make movies etc. I can make my classroom much more exciting and fun.  This will make the students want to be there more and they will be more open to learning.

When you create anything with digital imaging, it makes the subject more interesting and fun for the students.  Since they are growing up in the digital age, they will connect more with something that is digital.  Worksheets and chapter readings are not going to help them very much.  They could need to see things from the technology point of view.  I think it would really make a huge difference, especially in science since you need to see something happen and how it works before you understand.

There are many ways that the teachers and the students could both use the digital images.  The teachers could make movies of an example of what they are teaching, a video diary of a trip or experiment, or even a short mini-documentary over a subject of interest.  The students can use them for projects, mini-documentaries, recording for a later experiment (measuring the speed of a golf swing), entertainment such as plays or skits, art shows and showcases, biographical videos where the students act the parts, and even the recording of microscopic organisms so that they can study it over and over later.  These are just a few of the ways teachers and students can use digital images in the classroom.  Here's a few more that would all be perfect for my 7th grade science class:


Biological Invasion: The Introduction of Non-Native Species Worldwide

 This electronic field trip, "Biological Invasions: The Introduction of Non-Native Species Worldwide," will start the kids thinking about invasive species and how they affect them and the environment.  This electronic field trip uses a video to showcase the changes that have taken place in the San Francisco Bay because of invasion.  It shows the new species, when they have been introduced, and what they are doing to the bay.  This would be perfect for my class because we have a section about invasion and organism adaptation.


Americas' Bird Trek

This electronic web cast/movie will take students on a trip around the country and showcase many different types of birds.  They will display all the bird songs, colors, and behavior.  Also, different students from around the country will be uploading there own bird videos which will then be on display to other students around the world.  This way, the students will have input when they tape the birds and upload them as well as many videos to watch from the other students.  This is a good lesson for my class because one of our chapters is about animal diversity and adaptation.


Investigating One-Celled Animals

This lab has traditionally been taught as the students drawing what they see through a microscope.  This rarely sticks as it is intended and some students may not be skilled in drawing which makes it even harder for them.  In this new approach, the student records what he/she sees through the microscope and then shows it to the other students.  Every student does something different or a different organism.  There is also a longer/more formal video to be shown in class that explains division and behaviors as well as different structures.  We have two or three chapters about cells including what they are made of, what they do, and how they affect us.  This is perfect.


Leaf Classification

In this project, students work either on their own or in groups to use iPhoto to produce a leaf classification photo book/movie. First, the students gather different shapes and types of leaves, indoors and out.  Students then use digital cameras to take pictures of at least 15 different leaf types.  The students import their images into iPhoto.  They then group the related leaves. They then create a photo book (movie) with text describing the characteristics of each leaf family to be played for the rest of the class.  If they do not have IPhoto they could use Microsoft PowerPoint.  This lesson goes in well with the biodiversity chapter as well.  It can show how similar and yet different leaves are from one another.  We could also discuss why they are different and why they changed/adapted to be that way.