One of the activities that we have been working on during this course is the idea of Presentation Zen. Incorporating powerful images to explain or assist in the understanding of a particular concept. As with everything we are doing the instant question is how can I apply this to my subject. Using a lesson idea that was shown to us by our resident presentation expert Jago Gazendam and totally stealing the lesson that Ivan Beeckmans and Will Kirkwood are going to give to my year 9’s I decided that I should try and model this task for the students. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
The activity as it was explained to us was to find a Creative Commons licensed free image using flickr, compfight or Flickr Storm. These particular search engines are great for finding and being able to attribute free and powerful images using an advanced Creative Commons search (phew and here I am trying to be clear and succinct!).
That image was to represent ONE WORD from a list of key definitions that students needed to understand. Incorporated into that was the placement of the word, the font, the size and the font colour. All key elements of design that, lets be honest, did not suit my learning style. I did my best (as we expect of students) and I was reasonably happy with some of my efforts.
Here is a sample of one of my attempts
I wanted to apply this thinking to Criteria A in MYP Science “One World”.
- The student explains how science is applied to addressing a specific local or global issue.
- The student explains some of the benefits and limitations of science in solving the issue.
- The student discusses how science and its applications interact with some of the following factors: social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical.
It is basically a way of looking at the interactions of Science in the real world. What problems has Science managed to reduce or solve? A great criteria for deep thinking. There is one dotpoint in the criteria that I, and students always struggle to deal with.
The student discusses how science and its applications interact with some of the following factors: social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical.
It is the last terms that students always struggle with. So I wanted to demonstrate the powerful images technique to my students using the key terms that they find hard social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical.
Despite slideshare and powerpoint not getting along here is my attempt. Bear in mind that this is a presentation that needs to have teacher input as far as the explanations go
The task itself has what I believe has many powerful learning opportunities across ALL subjects and I think I found a way to make it FIT Science. This really did take me an extraordinary amount of time to complete so I do hope that it can come in handy for others
Comments, alternatives, thoughts and other ways to use this task (particularly in science) would be greatly appreciated.