Edudemic has been bringing you a steady stream of resources that are coming out of the Adobe Education Exchange and it’s time now to take a look at some of the most popular resources being shared right now. The following 10 resources are truly innovative ways to learn about and do some pretty technical things. Each resource may not pertain to you but it never hurts to view a problem (or lesson plan) from a different angle.
In case you didn’t know, the Adobe Education Exchange is a new and free way for educators to share resources. Do you use Adobe products in the classroom or incorporate them into your lessons at some point? Share that lesson on the Exchange and you could win some pretty sweet prizes. From fresh copies of Adobe CS5.5 to new Macbook Pro computers to PCs to much more.
by Tom R. Chambers
Human beings are sensory creatures – that is, we operate not just through what we know but through what we see and hear and feel. Reading about something brings us understanding, but our senses of sight, hearing and touch deepen that understanding. Multimedia – combinations of words, sounds, images, video and animation – can provide that sensory input. Multimedia productions can take many forms, including an encyclopedia CD-ROM, a television commercial, a full-length movie, a short video on the Internet or an animated introduction to a Web site. [Technology Applications, Grade 7/8, Pearson Education, Inc., New Jersey (ISBN 0-13-036333-2)]
by Robert Simpson
Numerous TV shows and movies make use of chroma keying (aka green screens). Take a walk on the moon, visit Hogwarts, or tell the story of a forgotten tree about to be destroyed. If you are thinking of using this technique, this project example will help you understand the process. Get an overview of the steps required to be successful.
Middle school students participating in the Adobe Youth Voices program used green screens to bring the “Friendship Tree” to life as part of a stop motion animation movie. View an interactive Flash slideshow containing helpful captions and photographs of the nine month long production process. The Friendship Tree was shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston on June 2, 2011.
by Tammy Krug-Pickart
by Tom R. Chambers
Using “Panhandle Circle-square” project at http://tomrchambers.com/circle_square.html and other locations via Google Earth to study Geometry and make mathematical calculations as they relate to real world applications such as the farmers in the Texas Panhandle using square plots of land and circular irrigation of their crops to make a living. Their geometrical calculations are precise to be efficient with their livelihood.
Students use the “Panhandle Circle-square” project and other images in Google Earth to download the images, and bring them into Photoshop to make mathematical calculations. They will work with radius, diameter, circumference and area of the circle as well as the perimeter and area of a square. They will also work with sections [angularity] of the various circles seen within the images. Also, on-screen measurements can be taken as well.
The geometry and mathematical calculations of the squares, circles and sections will be equated with the real-world applications of the farmer. This real-world connection will move the students towards the realization that mathematical skills are needed, even in terms of something as agrarian as farming in the rural areas of Texas.
by Brett Keener
by Sue Glascoe
by Peter French
by Angie Garibaldi
by Mark DuBois
by Ammar Midani