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Podcasting Lesson Plan – 5-D-1

U.S History - Civil War Unit Culminating Project

Objectives:
* The students will use their prior knowledge of the Civil War to analyze Robert E. Lee’s Surrender Speech - "Surrender at Appomattox, 1865."
* They will evaluate the "A Short Blanket" illustration/cartoon. The students will work in groups to compare and contrast their findings.
* The students will create a podcast which identifies their thoughts and their interpretation about the end of the Civil War.

Project theme: “Why did the North win the Civil War?”

Introduction:
* Review the causes of the Civil War and the events leading up to the end of the War by showing students the short, animated video- "Road to War" http://civilwaranimated.com/causes-of-the-war
* Have the students give answers to the causes and events leading up to the end of the War.
* Explain the Civil War culminating project to the students and show them examples of previous projects completed by former students.
Procedure
  1. The students use the wireless laptop lab in the classroom over the next several days. Direct the students to Lee’s Surrender speech. (http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/appomatx.htm)
  2. Teacher will model how to complete the SEA Worksheet. Each student will complete the SEA Worksheet to scan, examine, and analyze the speech.
  3. Teacher will model how to complete the NARA Worksheet. Each student will complete the NARA Cartoon Worksheet to analyze the illustration “A Short Blanket”. http://education.harpweek.com/civilwarillustrations/part1illus/IntroPartOneImageOneBI.htm
  4. Students will then work in groups of threes to compare/contrast their notes from the speech and the illustration.
  5. Students will use their prior knowledge learned throughout the Civil War unit and from information they gathered using the SEA and NARA worksheets to create a podcast of why their group thinks the North won the Civil War. Students will be using the computers to do further research if necessary and to create the podcast using the Audacity software (students have used this previously in class for other projects so no instruction on the program is necessary).
  6. Podcast should include what the student would have done if they were General Lee and/or General Grant; references to the speech and illustration; reasons why the North won the War; and groups’ personal thoughts about that event in US History.
  7. Each groups’ podcast will then be posted on the class website under the teacher’s school webpage which can be heard by the entire class. The students will hear all of the groups’ podcasts and a final class discussion will be done analyzing each group’s reasons.

Closing
Each day of the project, the students will fill-out their status report. The status report is just a one or two line summary of what they completed on that day’s class and what they are going to work on during the next class. There is also a section for them to ask questions relating to the project. The teacher will review these reports to check for work completion and to help answer any outstanding questions about the project.

Assesment Rubric: "Why the North Won the Civil War Multimedia Project"
Name
CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
Content
Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.
Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.
Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors.
Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.
Perspective
Includes strong ideas from perspective of chosen general
Includes average ideas from perspective of
chosen general
Includes poor ideas from perspective of chosen general
Does not include any reference to perspective of chosen general in presentation
Sources
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. All documented in desired format.
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. Most documented in desired format.
Source information collected for graphics, facts and quotes, but not documented in desired format.
Very little or no source information was collected.
Requirements
All requirements are
met and exceeded.
All requirements are met.
One requirement was not completely met.
More than one requirement was not completely met.
Reasons for Civil War
Presentation demonstrated exemplary understanding of at least 3 causes of the civil war
Presentation demonstrated average understanding of at least 2 causes of the civil war
Presentation included only 1 accurate cause
for the civil war
Presentation did not include any reasons for the civil war
Podcast quality
Quality of podcast was outstanding in voice quality, volume and followed a detailed script.
Quality of podcast was average in voice clarity, volume and script.
Quality of podcast was poor in voice quality, volume or script.
Podcast was not included in multimedia project or was incomplete or did not work properly.



Here is a second lesson that we thought would be valuable to share:

Lesson: Make screen cast tutorials for an application: Movie Maker, Power Point, Photo Story, Audacity, Aviary

Objectives:
1) The students will use prior knowledge of five applications to create 30-45 second tutorials using online screencasting software, microphones, and Movie Maker.
2) Students will use a wiki to plan group assignments (at least two posts), design their wiki page (at least two design modifications), and post their tutorial videos (two videos embedded from YouTube)
3) Students will create a page on their website to embed their tutorial videos, screencasting the process and saving this movie to Global.
3) Students will use the class blog to reflect on the process, purpose, and possibilities of creating the tutorial, embedding their tutorials, hyperlinking to Screen-Cast-O-Matic and their website.

Procedure:
Wikispaces
Students use discussion area to select an application, forming their group, make lists of tasks in their application, assign two tasks to each student.
  • Login to the Maple How wiki from your email invitation the first time
    wiki discussion
    wiki discussion
  • Login to the Maple How wiki using this link thereafter
  • Go to your application's How To page
  • Use the discussion to make these decisions:
    • You and your group are designing your page for your How To tutorials on your application
    • Decide on the order to place the videos
    • Decide who makes Smart Art(s) in Power Point (saved as a jpeg) as an overview of the tasks
    • Decide who will key intro text, video titles and brief description, break lines, etc. to enhance the page
    • Give yourselves and Screencast-O-Matic credit

Screencast-O-Matic
  • Think about the mouse movements beforehand! Of course, you can always do-over...
  • Be prepared before recording the screen! Open your application, open a file, know where your image and audio is
  • Go to Screencast-O-Matic
  • Just click "Start Recording" to record
  • Wait for the download; click Run on the pop-up window.
  • Move and resize the recording window
  • Click the RED record button and begin showing the task
  • Click DONE
  • View your recording - Click Done if you want to delete and do-over. Click Save Recording to save your movie, change the file type from Quick Time to Windows Movie file
  • Save As "App - How To Task - Firstname"

Movie Maker
  • Import the recording from Screen-Cast-O-Matic
  • Narrate the recording in Audacity or Aviary while watching your screencast
  • Save the Project as "App - How To Task - Firstname"
  • Save the Movie in Global as "App - How To Task - Firstname"
  • Upload to our MapleTube account on the Smart Board
  • Did you remember a title slide? credit slides? slide animations and transitions?

Wikispaces
  • Login to the Maple How wiki
  • Go to your application's How To page
  • You and your group are designing your page for your How To tutorials on your application
    • Embed the videos
    • Makes Smart Art(s) in Power Point (saved as a jpeg) as an overview of the tasks
    • Key intro text, video titles and brief description, break lines, etc. to enhance the page
    • Give yourselves and Screencast-O-Matic credit
Google Site
  • Use Screen-Cast-O-Matic to record these steps:
  • Create a page for your tutorials, add text to enhance the page
  • Embed your two tutorial videos from MapleTube
  • Save this screencast, as a Windows Media file, to Global for assessment.
Blogger
  • Create a post at Maple Web Tigers blog
  • Title "App - How To......"
    • Process
    • Purpose
    • Possibilities
    • Hyperlinks (Screencast-O-Matic, Google site, Wiki page)
Simple Criteria Rubric: (simplified to save space here)
  • Wikispaces (5 - quality discussion, 4 - adequate discussion, 3 - inadequate discussion, 0 - no discussion)
  • Screen-cast-Matic (15 - quality video, 13-14 - adequate video, 10-12 - inadequate video, 0 - no video)
  • Movie Maker(10 - quality video, 8-9 - adequate video, 6-7 - inadequate video, 0 - no
  • Google Site (5 - quality page creation, 4 - adequate, 3 - inadequate, 0 - no)
    video)
  • Blogger (12 - Significant Insight, Application, Purpose 10-11 - adequate, 7-9 - inadequate , 0 - no)

"App - How To Task - Firstname"