For the past week or so I have been working with students in Mrs. Dickey's classroom helping research famous inventors and learning how to use our Google Drive to take notes and make presentations on Google Slides.
The students were on a fact finding mission about their famous inventor to learn how and what they contributed to the world. Once the research was done, the students took their notes and wrote a narrative of each inventor that they could read and record.
The students also used Google Slides to make a background for their presentations and were pretty amazed by how easy it was to use the built in search feature to find images for their slides.
Once the research was done and the slides were made we used the iPad and a makeshift blue-screen to record each student's narrative.
Some paragraphs were a little long and we ended up having to use the Chromebooks as a teleprompter. If you do something like this, I would suggest putting the camera directly over the middle of the computer screen and make sure the microphone as a clear path to pick up their voices. We had to play around a little to make things sound ok, but they came out clear enough.
We also used Green Screen by Do Ink to import the videos and place their background slides behind them in to make their reports more like a newscast. I learned that a green screen would have been much better than our make-shift blue screen.
The students did a great job and Mrs. Dickey and myself were able to talk to the students about ways to make their presentations better which we will keep in mind for next time.
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