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Don’t Be Sheepish: Showing What You Know with Presentation Software. Jen O’Halloran & Daria Taylor Montgomery County Public Schools. Who Are We?. Jen O’Halloran Strawberry Knoll ES 6 years experience MLS from University of Maryland Briefly taught 2 nd grade.

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Don’t Be Sheepish: Showing What You Know with Presentation Software

Jen O’Halloran & Daria Taylor

Montgomery County Public Schools


Who Are We?

  • Jen O’Halloran

    • Strawberry Knoll ES

    • 6 years experience

    • MLS from University of Maryland

    • Briefly taught 2nd grade

Terry Martorana, SKES Media Assistant, and I on Halloween, 2006.


Who Are We?

  • Daria Taylor

    • Clarksburg Elementary School

    • 8 years experience

    • MLS from University of Maryland

    • 3rd and 5th grade teacher in former life


Session Overview

  • Intro to three types of software: Pixie, PowerPoint and Photostory

  • Examples of projects for K, 2, 3, 4 and Staff

  • Planning for each project

  • Questions & Resource CDs


Our Goals

  • Provide multiple examples of how to incorporate effective use of presentation software into instruction of students and staff

  • Provide files for you to take back and apply to your instruction (located on the Wiki!)


Pixie

  • Creativity software program that allows students to use pre-created templates, OR create original art and writing.

  • Slideshow feature


PowerPoint

  • What can we say that you don’t already know?


Photo Story

  • Free downloadable software from Microsoft

  • Allows you to upload digital pictures and create slideshows with transitions, special effects, background music, and narration


Beginning With the End in Mind

  • Examples of final products

  • Most examples were collaborations between LMS and classroom teacher

  • Will share vision of adapted projects when presenting planning process


Project Examples


Kindergarten

  • Margaret Wise Brown author study

  • Living Things Research Project

  • Both projects incorporated writing and drawing using the Pixie Software

  • Project started with Literature connection in Media Center and then some kind of writing activity

  • Each student created one Pixie slide and class books/slideshows were then created (used templates created by LMS)


Second Grade Biography

  • Pixie slideshows created by individual students

  • Reading/Language Arts and Social Studies connections

  • 4-5 lab sessions, including one for Gallery Walk

  • Prior work in classrooms to complete storyboards

  • Slides created from templates


Third Grade

  • Writing project based on informative paragraphs the students wrote in class

  • Four 45-minute sessions in the computer lab (could definitely have benefited from adding 2 more sessions)

  • No templates were used – students used Pixie tools described in introductory lesson

  • Students created one slide for each sentence in paragraph and then created slideshow


Fourth Grade Native Americans

  • Group project meeting Social Studies and Writing outcomes

  • Bi-weekly sessions for 6 weeks

  • Collaboration with 2 classes and their social studies teacher

  • Students used template created in PowerPoint

  • Slides are examples from final product


Staff Presentation

  • Had the misfortune of being absent on our pre-service day

  • Wanted to share information about new resources and technology available to staff

  • Created short, 12-minute, narrated video using PhotoStory with the information I would have shared at the meeting


We will attempt to share part of the Staff Presentation!


How Did We Get There?


Kindergarten: Margaret Wise Brown Author Study

  • Read The Important Book together in the Media Center

  • Completed writing assignment (with help from LMS and MA)

  • Scheduled two 30-45 minute sessions in the computer lab – teacher was present at both sessions

  • First session focused on introducing Pixie and typing the words (using template)

  • Second session focused on drawing tools and drawing the illustration


Writing Assignment (“Rough Draft”)


Template for Pixie Slide


Kindergarten: Living Things Research Project

  • Total number of lessons – 5 (including final) presentation

  • Read a book about gardens/planting in the Media Center

  • Together we brainstormed a list of living things that live in a garden – the class picked one living thing they wanted to research

  • Collaborated with classroom teachers for the rest of the project


Lesson Breakdown – One 30 minute research session in Media Center

  • Divided students into 3 groups.

  • Each group was assigned one question on a piece of chart paper (Where Does it Live, What Does it Look Like, What Does it Eat, How Does it Move) and given a set of books about the chosen living thing

  • LMS, MA, and teacher each worked with a different group to read the books and take notes on the chart paper in order to answer the question


Lesson Breakdown – Writing done in the Classroom

  • Classroom teacher took the chart paper with questions/notes back to the classroom

  • Each student picked a different fact from the chart paper and turned it into a sentence

  • The students then illustrated the sentences


Lesson Breakdown – Two 30 minute lessons in the Computer Lab

  • Teacher stayed for these lessons – students brought sentence/illustration rough drafts with them to the lab

  • First session - students used a Pixie template to write their sentence

  • Second session - students used the Pixie tools to illustrate their sentences

  • If necessary, we signed up for an extra 30-minute slot in the computer lab (or teachers had students finish slides in the classroom)


Template for Pixie Slide


Presentation of Final Product

  • Saved all the students slides into one folder, added Cover Page and Table of Contents slides, and watched as a slideshow

  • Printed and laminated each slide and used book binding machine to create a class book available to students for check-out


Possible Adaptations

  • Students could work in pairs if there is limited computer access

  • If teacher is unable to stay with class, mature 5th graders or parent volunteers could work with research groups, help take notes, and help in computer lab

  • Same project could be done in Powerpoint if Pixie is unavailable (use clip art for pictures, or a hand-drawn illustration could be scanned and imported)


Second Grade Biography

  • Students read and researched famous person in class

  • Students created storyboards for their slides in class

  • Collaboration with classroom teacher in computer lab to create 4 slides

  • Final slideshow graded by LMS with rubric at conclusion of Gallery Walk


Planning with Teachers


Storyboard Title Page


Storyboard for Additional Pages


Possible Adaptations

  • Each student creates just one slide on a person they’ve researched, compiling into one class presentation instead of many

  • On fixed schedule, complete over 3 sessions, limiting number of slides of information and/or using text written by students in classroom

  • Have students narrate text to turn into E-book to share with others


Third Grade: Informative Paragraph Presentation Using Pixie

  • Collaborative project between LMS and 3rd grade team

  • Writing and research was done in the classroom – students each picked a topic of interest, used online resources, and wrote informative paragraph

  • Students, teacher, and LMS spent four 45-minute sessions together in the computer lab creating the Pixie presentations

  • Each student created a Pixie presentation/slideshow for their paragraph


Lesson Breakdown

  • First lesson – set up the paragraph folder in their My Documents and demonstrated the basics of Pixie

  • Together we created the title page and the first slide using the pre-created checklist (demonstrated each feature and students followed along) and saved them


Remaining Lessons

  • Students worked at their own pace to create each slide (one slide for each sentence)

  • Followed the steps on their checklist

  • 4 sessions was not enough – most classes needed 1-2 more sessions to actually finish the slideshows

  • Teachers graded the slideshows using a checklist that was created collaboratively


Possible Adaptations

  • Students could work in pairs or small groups to research and write their paragraphs and create their presentations (cuts down on time in a fixed schedule situation)

  • Powerpoint could be utilized if Pixie was not available, drawings could be imported


Fourth Grade Native Americans

  • Research on tribes selected by teacher to represent different geographic regions

  • Each group answered same set of research questions

  • One PowerPoint was created for each tribe


Note Taking


Planning PowerPoint on Paper


Rubric for PowerPoint


Possible Adaptations

  • Limit research questions to shorten length of project

  • With fixed schedule, focus research on ONE question and have students complete 1 or 2 slides in pairs

  • Change writing point of view from third person to first person


Staff Presentation

  • Created an outline of topics I wanted to cover in the presentation

  • Took digital pictures of all the new equipment (books on CD, digital cameras, ELMOs, etc.)

  • Captured screenshots of online resources and used IrfanView to save as jpg’s

  • Used Pixie to create agenda and title slides


Creation of Presentation

  • Imported picture files into PhotoStory and created transitions

  • Added background music and narration to each slide


Possible Adaptations

  • Actually use a digital camcorder to create a video of you demonstrating the new technology and how to use it in the classroom

  • Create a narrated podcast of the online resources


Questions?

  • [email protected]

    • Clarksburg Elementary

    • 301-353-8060

  • [email protected]

    • Strawberry Knoll Elementary

    • 301-840-7112


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