Welcome the DE Summer School special edition of SOS. Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. During August, we’ll be featuring our STAR Community’s favorite strategies and how they have made them their own.
Special thanks to DEN STAR and 6th grade teacher Heidi Morgan (@heidiamorgan) from New Lenox School District 122 for sharing how she brought this SOS to her students.
I was looking for a way to have students share information they learned about Ancient Egypt after we read Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure by Lila Pearl. I also did not have a great deal of time to dedicate to the presentations of their learning. This is when I went to the SOS Blog for help. I then found the Pecha Kucha presentation idea. A Pecha Kucha is a 20 slide presentation of 20 seconds per slide. The students loved this idea because their presentation only had to be 20 seconds long, but what they did not realize is that they would have to pull the most important information and use the best words possible to convey their learning. We are a school that focuses on fluency, so my students know how many words they read per minute. So they did the math and divided their words per minute by three to get about how many words they could use in a 20 second presentation. I went through Discovery Education’s images of Ancient Egypt and assigned one picture to each student. To deliver the image to each student I sent them the link of their assigned image from Discovery Education to them on Edmodo. The students found their link and downloaded their picture. Students used the information in the Details tab with their image to learn more about it. They also pulled in info from the book we read before they wrote their summary for their presentation. They then practiced reading their summary for fluency and time many times before their presentation.
For their presentation I created a shared Google Drive Presentation. All students had to import their image into the Google Presentation and insert the citation on the image. They were easily able to get the citation from the Details tab when they viewed their image on Discovery Education Once their images were in the Google Presentation, I imported it into MoveNote. Then once in MoveNote the images were presented on the screen in the classroom and students were recorded presenting their images. That way we could share our learning with our families and the world. It allowed there to be an image of the student presenting along with the image. The students ran all of the technology for the recording and MoveNote, so it is not perfect, but it is all student created. I think that is very valuable. Please enjoy our Pecha Kucha on Ancient Egypt .