GOLD-The Science Myth Busters!
Now that you have had an opportunity to learn about image sizes, image editing, citations, and Creative Commons licensing, it's time to get creative and become a producer. You will now gather, evaluate, and use digital images and information to produce an innovative product (a digital presentation). You will combine text and images to produce a multimedia project that will help bust a science myth or confirm a science truth. Let's get started!
Crop: To crop is removing part of the picture of an image.
Banner: A banner is a heading across the page.
Avatar: An avatar is an icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc.
I Can Statements
- validate or bust a myth
- plan and organize a presentation
- use a rubric to evaluate my work
1. To become a science Myth Buster, you will first need to find a science myth (or a science truth) to either bust or validate (prove that it's true). Begin your search by looking at the list of sites below. Examples might include things such as, "A battery contains electricity", "Mars is a red planet", or "Seasons are caused by the rotation of the earth around the sun". Fact or fiction? Or some combination of both?
Find a myth, a science misconception, or a topic that people do not understand well that appeals to you based on your inner science geek!
- Science Myths
- Misconception podcasts
- Myths in science textbooks
- How Stuff Works
Research and check: Steps 2-4
2. Research information about your topic that includes reliable statistics to help bust or validate your myth. If your teacher is asking you to do the "Information, Please" quest, you will need some science statistics to back up your work that can be displayed in a digital presentation.
(HINT: you can use something you have studied or are currently studying in a science class to make your research time shorter).
3. Review the information in Search Strategies to be certain your information sources are reliable and accurate. Consider using websites with .org, .edu, or .gov (or from nationally recognized organizations such as National Geographic, NASA, etc.). Your goal will be to select five or more images that relate to your science topic/myth as well as five or more facts that help support or "bust" your myth.
REMINDER: When you are choosing your images, you will need to cite your sources on your last slide. You can create your citations as you go using this link and paste them into this template so that they will be ready for you when you are finishing the project. This template will also provide you with a spot for your notes.
4. Download and save your images.
Preparing your presentation: Steps 5 -6
5. Place your science facts that support or bust your myth on slides. To do this, open up a presentation software such as Power Point or Google Presentation, and put your information on a slide. Use these tips to turn these presentation slides into images:
- You will need to create your information slides in either Powerpoint, Google Docs, Keynote, or some other presentation program. You can either do a screenshot of your slide (which will turn it into an image) or you can save Powerpoint slides as jpegs (which are image slides). Your title slides and your citations can also be created as information slides and turned into images this way.
- Download and save your text slides. An alternative to using a presentation software would be to capture a screenshot of your text.
6. Modify your images by adding titles or captions, illustrative touches such as arrows or shapes to highlight important ideas, crop if needed, or add special effects that will enhance your images. Use PicMonkey, FotoFlexer or ipiccy to work on your images.
Creating a Digital Presentation: Steps 7-10
7. Visit PhotoPeach to turn your work into a digital slideshow. Directions to use PhotoPeach can be found here. You will have a minimum of 13 slides in your presentation: at least five images, five explanatory slides that contain short amounts of information to validate or bust your myth, a title slide, a citation slide, and a slide with your Creative Commons license that you will create for this project. NOTE: if your teacher wants you to create an infographic for this project in Quest 4, you will need a slide for that as well. Remember the tip in #3 above to help you turn Powerpoint or Google Presentation slides into image slides if you need to do this.
8. Your informational slides should contain several short bullet points about the idea. For example, if I am busting the myth that the north star is the brightest star in the sky, I might have a slide with a chart showing the magnitude (brightness) of three stars including Polaris and one or two others that are brighter.
9. Your images should be copyright free and modified in Fotoflexer or other editing software as your teacher directs to add captions and effects.
10. You will put these all together in PhotoPeach. Follow your teacher's directions for creating or accessing an account.
Websites and Applications
ISTE and Common Core Standards
1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies
2. Digital Citizen
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property
6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.