Friday, 28 March 2014

How do we make amazing presentations?

How do we make amazing presentations?
I believe that the most important skill in not just Science, but in your life, is to be able to communicate with others.
March 27th & March 28th - Lesson 15
Your water issue: Explain your issue using scientific language.
  1. Begin or continue working on your product (essay, presentation, model…)
  2. For students doing essays review: How to use transitions to connect your paragraphs.

I will come to you at least once to answer questions and check on your progress.

Content: Students will
  • analyze and water issue using the following prompts
    • Explain the problem.
    • Explain the cause of the problem and science related to the problem.
    • Explain what people are doing to solve the problem.
    • Explain how nature acts to solve the problem (challenge).  
    • Explain & discuss other ways to solve the problem in the future.  
  • Find information within texts and videos.

What to do and not to do on a presentation:

What NOT to do:
What to do:
give too much information/text without a story

organize the information in a story (beginning, middle leading to a climax, and a conclusion)

For your water issue: the problem building to the solution (humans and nature), conclusion: summay and possible future solution

presentation (in any format: slides, video)
-have lots and lots of text on a slide

-have too many ideas on one slide

-have too many images so people can’t see them; have low resolution
-have the text as notes that only presenter can see and just have keywords on the presentation

-have one major idea as a title for each section

-clear images that relate to your topic and draws people’s attention to your slide (have color)

How it was before learning the tips: 
How it was fixed: 
See more examples at this presentation

Student examples: 
What is wrong: the second bullet point is too big
no images


Bullet points are shorter 
has image


Thursday, 27 March 2014

BREAKING NEWS!!! dies away and Google takes over!!!

Today's agenda:

What improvements can you make to your water issue outline?
How can you cite sources using the research feature of GoogleDocs?
March 25th & March 26th - Lesson 14
Your water issue: Explain your issue using scientific language.
  1. Copy and paste the outline and comments I sent to you into “Your Water Issue Template” that I put in your Science Folder
  2. Improve your outline.
  3. Further research using library databases especially ebscohost. 
    1. Login to the library.
    2. Go to the upper school library.
    3. Find the databases.
    4. Login using the username: graded, password: ebsco
  4. Add the sources you’ve already used using the Tools → Research feature of GoogleDocs.
  5. Begin working on your product (essay, presentation, model…)

I will go around the classroom to answer questions and check on your progress.

Content: Students will
  • analyze and water issue using the following prompts
    • Why is it a problem?
    • Explain the cause of the problem and science related to the problem.
    • Explain what people are doing to solve the problem.
    • Explain how nature acts to solve the problem (challenge).  
    • Explain & discuss other ways to solve the problem in the future.  
  • Find information within texts and videos.

1) Students put Mr. Pro's feedback on our "What's Your Water Issue" Google Doc.:

First, Mr. Pro sent us an e-mail with the feedback on our water topic...
... then we had to put it in our documents.
2) With the feedback given, we had to improve our documents. Mr. Pro introduced to us a new and more reliable way of searching for something in the internet. The site is called EBSCOhost. To find it, you must log into the Library, go to the Upper School Library, then find the databases, and finally, log in using the username: graded, password: ebsco.

3) Mr. Pro went around to help with the outlines.

4) Later, Mr. Pro announced to us that had died, and in its place came Google, with its lighting speed. In only three clicks you can site your sources. You simply have to add the sources you already used using the Tools → Research feature of Google Docs.

4) Finally, students started working on their presentations. Remember, you had to chose either a story, a slideshow, a video, a prezi, a poster, an oral presentation, or any combination. You could also do a debate, a model, or a brochure. Debates, prezis and slideshows are the only choices if you are working in pairs. The time limit for 1 person is 4 minutes, and for 2 people is 7 minutes.

Water Issue

Today, Thursday, March 27, 2014,in science class Mr. Pro show us how to make a good presentation for our  project. 

We also watched a video:

Mr. Pro also showed us  how to make a good essay.

Lastly but not least we work in our project and mr.Pro answer questions and watched our progress.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Leo's Birthday... and Science

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Today, Monday, March 24, 2014, in science class we did some further research on our water issues and made our outlines.
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After that, Mr. Pro explained to us our rubric for the project. The project consists of being able to not present by writing an essay, or, to present by building a model or a powerpoint presentation.
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All that took up almost half of our class. On our second half Mr. Pro talked to us about a scientist that he likes very much, enough to be an inspiration. We also watched a short clip about a monk that was thrown out of the churches because he read an unsacred book. A book about science. After that, the monk, Bruno, lived a life in horrors, a horrible life. He tried and tried to convince about his theory of an infinite universe, but that never worked
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We then had to fill in a google form about the clip and if you didn’t finish it is homework.    

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Water project

In this class we mainly worked on our water issue projects.

1. First we copied and pasted the outline and comments Mr.Pro sent to us, on our Water Issue Template. 
2. We improved and added more information to our outline. 
3. Next we added the sources to Tools → Research feature of google docs.
4. And for the rest of our class, we worked on our project (essay, presentation, model...) .

Explain the problem. Why is it a problem?Explain the cause of the problem and science related to the problem.Explain what people are doing to solve the problem.Explain how nature acts to solve the problem (challenge).Explain & discuss other ways to solve the problem in the future.
Atlantic salmon population levels are becoming very low. Because of such things like variety of factors, including acid rain, habit destruction, dams. But the biggest problem of all, is overfishing.There are too many Atlantic salmon's, getting fished in a short amount of time. So there are no time for these fishes to reproduce.Many fishery enhancement programs have been developed by governments around the world. A lot of other fishes are getting overfished as well, so in some places, they have made a limit of fishing. The Atlantic Salmon's are all trying to reproduce. But its difficult for them, because humans are fishing them to fast. So they do not have enough time to reproduce. There could be a law about overfishing. So that the fishes will have time to reproduce and increase their population.
Why is it a problem that population levels are low? Explain how this affects people and the ecosystem.Explain means give details. How many fish were caught? How long does it take them to reproduce?Give an example. How did they stop people from fishing? Also, there have been some programs to grow the fish from eggs. Then, they release those baby/juvenille fish into the wild. Try and research an example.Explain how long it takes them to reproduce.You've already mentioned this earlier. Are there any NEW ways we might solve this problem in the future?

We also learned how to insert citation by google, following these 5 steps. 

Insert your citations by doing the following:
  1. Click on “Tools” → “Research” from the Google Docs menu above.
  2. Use the search feature to find source that you are using.  
  3. Click after the specific idea, fact, or image that you got from a source.
  4. In the Research bar, hover the cursor over the source you used and click cite.
  5. Check that two things should pop up on the screen as follows:
    i) A number should appear after the idea, fact or image.
ii) This number appears at the bottom of the same page next to the full citation.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Choose...Research... and Start the Outline!

What did we do on Thursday? 
Well, to refresh everyone's mind, we went through our water issues. After everyone had their water issues clear in mind, we needed to research more. The class did research on Tuesday, but Thursday was just the finish to our in-class research...

From this document, you could learn many important facts from your topic. All of these links will help you on the essay or presentation you're doing. 

Consequently, after having a fully knowledge of our water issues, Mr. Pro gave us a link to fill out a form. This form contained questions that required specific information called the outline. Some people decided to make full paragraph answers so they can simply copy and paste to essay, etc. Some people decided to give a short and simple answer so they can expand more afterwards. In fact... This are our deadlines. If you didn't do your outline, you better do it now!

From this timeline, you know when to finish the tasks you're doing and submit the form by clicking on the link. 

You can find the form in the Science Office, going directly to the Current Unit (Water).  

Submitting this form is of a great help because Mr. Pro can give you feedback about what you need to change or include. From this form, you get a better idea for what to write on your essay so it goes smoother. Also, had a chance to know whether this topic was good for you, or you needed to change.

Later on, Mr. Pro discussed how important it was to look at the rubrics for the final presentation. There were many formats someone could use to outline what they researched. For example, some could choose writing an essay or choose doing a PowerPoint presentation. 

  Perusing this further, the rubrics helped us know what specific information you need to include in the presentation or in the essay. One of the most important things you needed to include in your final results were the voice. The more formal it is, the more likely the official is going to read it.

Thereafter, one of the many important points there is in the final presentation is citing the sources you used. It really is a lot easier to copy and paste the link into your research presentation, but it would look much neater if it's done in an automatic citing site. For example, you can use Easybib and simply fill in the missing information given. 


Another important thing we learned to do was citing the information you used on your final results. When going to this link, there are many options asking you to cite a Website, Book, Newspaper, Journal, Database, and many other important formats. The most used one is the website citing because it's extremely easy. Firstly, you need to place the cite in the citing bar. Afterwards, it tells you what types of information was found and what is needed. Thirdly, you need to add the missing information by looking at the webiste you used. Last but not least, copy the link and copy it into the document. 

Another point is that you need to go to your document and click on the tab "research" right after the information you are about to cite. Then, search the topic you are writing on and, in the research bar, click on the cite tab. In the end, the link is going to appear in bottom of the page.  

Lastly, Mr. Pro gave us a quick reminder of our Story assignment. He went through the guidelines, which says what it should include and what it should be about. Additionally, we talked about what our stories should look like. Meaning that out stories should have a kind of format; for example, one could do it in a slide-show, or poster. There are many ways to represent a story. 

Additionally, these were the guidelines for the formats you could present your researched topic. 

To conclude with, most of the time was doing research and filling out the outline. The rest of the class was discussing the story outline.