Video is a powerful medium and children can talk about their learning, capture moments, and share their ideas with the world! Ready to take a new spin on your typical science projects? These science project ideas are customizable for any age group and you can try them out at home!
In this blog post, we’ll talk about creating narrated slideshow videos so children can share what they’ve learned about a science topic. Science isn’t just for learning in a classroom, science is all around us! By bringing a creative activity into your science activities, you can give your kids a space to capture their learning around any topic.
Children can record their predictions before learning about a new topic or before they take part in a science experiment. Kids can create slideshows that sum up their learning and synthesize information. Regardless of the subject they explore, children can combine their voice with images and icons to share their learning with the world!
Creating a Slideshow
I love slideshows! Slideshows give children an opportunity to combine visuals and voice to document their learning. A slideshow offers kids lots of flexibility when it comes to how they can share their new knowledge.
With a movie making tool (like Spark Video, Premiere Rush, or even Buncee), you might have children create a slideshow with pictures they’ve snapped themselves. Your kids can add photos saved on their computer, tablet, Dropbox, or Drive. Then they can record their voice and talk about what is happening in each picture.
Science Project Tips
When might your children create a slideshow? A slideshow is an excellent choice for kids who want to share facts, retell an event, or create a tutorial. Here are a few examples:
- introduction to lab safety
- facts about weather
- results from a science experiment
- biography of a scientist
Depending on the topic your child is learning about, you might use a slideshow activity for them to give a recap, share a new discovery or capture lingering questions. This can act as an artifact of learning at home to share with faraway family members or even an application your child might fill out for a special program.
Many tools have built in photo libraries so your children can search for pictures for a slideshow presentation. Kids can find pictures from royalty-free websites if they don’t have their own pictures. Unsplash is a favorite website I mentioned in this recent podcast episode on how to make photo collections for students. Children can head to Unsplash’s website to find photographs or you might sit with them side-by-side and search for photos together.
If you’re not sure where to start or searching for science project ideas, check out the Hacking STEM resource from Microsoft Education. When it comes to creating slideshow videos for science projects, your children can share their learning in creative ways!
Monica Burns, Ed.D. is a curriculum and educational technology consultant, and founder of ClassTechTips.com. She hosts the Easy EdTech Podcast and is author of Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom. Dr. Burns has worked with some of the EdTech companies referenced in this article. Follow her on Twitter here.