Implementing Science-Based Media Projects to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Science media projects that enhance student learning and engagement offer limitless possibilities for creativity in learning subject matter. Below are just a few reasons to incorporate media making projects into the science curriculum:

  • Technology is engaging!
  • Media projects give students the opportunity to connect to real life to concepts learned in class.
  • Students develop relevant and important communication skills
  • Media making and science share necessary skills (synthesis, analysis and evaluation of information, and critical thinking collaboration)
  • Media is another (fun!) form of text that can be used to build literacy skills found in Common Core State Standards

As a science educator, where do you begin when first contemplating the development of media making projects for your students? Right here, of course! The online professional development module is a self-paced exploration of

  • the different types of science stories that students may tell
  • the different types of media projects you might consider introducing
  • the various tools, equipement and resources available for media making projects

By the end of the module you will have gone through the process of creating a well thought out plan for developing a media making project for science students. Enjoy!

PD Module #1: Implementing Science-Based Media Projects 6 February,2013Jessica Neely

  • I was looking for an end of year assignment with my inclusion class-something hands on-when I came across your article. I teach in a school district that has videography and still photo as a course and will share this with the TechEd teacher and collaborate on a project with them. Thanks for all of your guidance.



Jessica Neely

Jessica, an Oakland native, joined KQED in 2004 for the early stages of QUEST. She has always had a passion for science and holds a Bachelors of Science in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis. After a stint in the education department at the Sacramento Zoo, she fell in love with science education and completed a single subject teaching credential in Biology and General Science at Mills College. She taught high school science at San Lorenzo High School where she served as Science Department Chair. In addition to working on QUEST, Jessica ran the national educational outreach for the first season of Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. Jessica currently supports KQED Education and QUEST remotely from her home in Oregon.

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