What’s the Message? Making Multi-Media Meaningful

Missions
Apr 28, 2011
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Will you: 

Create an effective multi-media presentation that meets a pre-determined goal and can be embedded in Youth Voices .

What’s the Message?

Making Multi-Media Meaningful

Some possible goals:
• Deepens student understanding about the impacts of the recent natural disasters in Japan
• Persuades students to provide some relief to areas affected by the disasters
• Empathizes with students who are in Japan and supports them as they struggle with the impacts.
Context: Natural Disasters
Natural (and man-made) disasters have occurred all over the world and throughout history. Many students in Youth Voices have been studying the impacts of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and participate in Voices on the Gulf (http://voicesonthegulf.net/). Earlier this year, our local news brings reports on the aftermath of the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. Then there were the floods along the Mississippi and most recently, the 200 mph and mile-wide tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Looking at the Japanese earthquake as an example: There has been much suffering, even in communities that did not experience direct physical damage from the quake. Some of the most profound impacts have been subsequent problems related to the damage to nuclear power plants. At times like these, it is not uncommon to feel hopeless and helpless. What can students do to take action and make a positive contribution?
• What do we know about the nature of these natural disasters?
• What do we know about the impacts on society and the environment?
• What do we learn from the news sources?
• What do the images show us?
o What stories do those images tell?
o Are there stories that are not the obvious ones?
o What can we learn about Japanese society by studying the responses?
• What do the numbers tell us?
o How can we use the numbers to tell a story?
•What do peoples’ personal accounts tell us?
•What do we wonder about?
•How can we reach out and empathize?
o What does it take to empathize?
•What can we do to share our understanding with the world?
o How do we know the effectiveness of our message?

Challenge:
Create an effective multi-media presentation that can be embedded in Youth Voices that meets a pre-determined goal. See some possible goals below:
•Deepens student understanding about the impacts of the recent natural disasters around the world.
•Persuades students to provide some relief to areas affected by the disasters.
•Empathizes with students who are in Japan and supports them as they struggle with the impacts.

How to begin:
1. Gather information
• Read what other students are posting in Youth Voices.
• Read student-written Quakestories http://quakestories.wikispaces.com
• Read what the news sources have reported and continue to cover.
• View videos and still images of the disaster and the relief efforts.
2. Write a blog post in Youth Voices
• Share what have you discovered.
• What are you still wondering?
3. Learn how to uses digital tools to create multi-media messages of your own (see tutorials below).
4. Design and plan your message around a goal.
5. Create your message.
6. Embed your message in your blog on Youth Voices.
7. Engage the community in a discussion.
8. Reflect on how well your message engage others in thoughtful discussion.

TUTORIALS FOR SELF-LEARNING
Voice Thread
Voice Thread Tutorials are visible only after you make an account and login. Tutorials are located in list under the tab “My Voice.” (NOTE: If you are a BSGE student, you already have an account. Log in with your school email address & password.)

Video
• Apple iMovie ’11 tutorials http://www.apple.com/support/imovie/
• Apple iMovie ’09 (older version) tutorial http://www.apple.com/findouthow/movies/
• Windows Movie Maker 2.0 http://www.mightycoach.com/articles/mm2/index.html
• Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 http://www.intowindows.com/windows-live-movie-maker-wlmm-tutorials/
• How to: Using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker to make a video (Download PDF)

PowerPoint
• Tutorials for getting started in PowerPoint for Mac 2008 a few getting started videos for free http://www.lynda.com/Office-2008-tutorials/powerpoint-2008-for-mac-essen...
• PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training a few getting started videos for free http://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-2010-tutorials/essential-training/64004-...

Google Presentations
• Video tutorial http://video.about.com/presentationsoft/Using-Google-Presentation.htm