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MS Level I

English, Math, Social Studies will need to complete at least one PBL project per semester (two projects per year). Ms Science will need to complete at least one PBL project per quarter (two projects per semester). 
Please continue to read below for more information:
  • The PBL projects at this level are designed as group/team projects. They will be completed in class as a part of the curriculum. 
  • Upon completion of the PBL projects in Math and Science, each team/group will be required to produce a digital story involving photos and captions only (digital photo gallery presentation).
  • Producing digital photo gallery presentations in Social Studies and English subjects will be optional.
  • WeVideo was selected as the software tool for creating the PBL digital photo gallery presentations at this level. This decision was based on the following factors: the ease of use, seamless integration of WeVideo with Gmail and Google Drive, being an internet-based software without the need of installation, and the ability to work with Chromebooks.
  • Completed digital photo gallery presentations will be kept in students’ Google Drive folders for future reference.
NOTE TO STUDENTS: There will be two separate final assignments at this level but the teacher may request additional interim assignments.




STUDENT PRODUCT 1: Investigation Report

Upon completion of Level I projects, your product (investigation report , journal, etc.) will be graded with a specific rubric. Each subject has a different rubric,  which will be provided to the student at the beginning of the project.

Please consider using Google docs and Google Drive when you are writing and sharing your investigation reports. It is much easier to share your work with your teachers by doing that!




STUDENT PRODUCT 2: Digital Photo Gallery or Photo Story

  • Students will need to create two projects each year in Level I. Digital Photo Gallery Presentations are required only for one of the two projects. Each team will need to have one Digital Photo Gallery Presentations created for Science and Math projects per year.

  • It is optional for Social Studies and English to prepare Digital Photo Gallery Presentations. 

  • We recommend WeVideo (a cloud based video editing software) for production of your Digital Photo Gallery Presentations for the reasons mentioned above especially if you are using a Chromebook.  We also recommend using Microsoft PowerPoint if you are going to use a traditional PC. However, students are allowed to use alternative software programs such as Photostory 3, Windows Live Movie Maker, or iMovie for their Photo Gallery Presentations.

  • Please find Video and Written Tutorials regarding how to create Photo Gallery Presentations through WeVideo (Part I & Part II) and PowerPoint in the next column on this page. 

  • In order to use Windows Movie Maker, you may like to use following resources: Tutorial 1Tutorial 2Tutorial 3

  • Video capture is not required for Level I projects. Photos of project will be enough for the work produced. If students choose to have both, they are allowed to combine photos with the video capture of their project.Students may follow the content sequence of the investigation report such as purpose, procedure, observation, etc. In their Digital Photo Gallery Presentations.

  • Middle School students MAY NOT create an account or post items in YouTube until they are 13 years of age. If Middle School students would like to post their work, they may participate in DISTCO – a Digital Storytelling Competition – hosted by a secure site. The student(s) work is saved by the site and available to the students even after they have completed the current grade level.

Video presentation must include text to explain each steps or voice narration. It should also have a soft background music. Free Video Download for background music
  • These are the items required for the STEM video presentation:
  • Content Items:
    •   Title - PBL Level I video, subject, project topic.
      - Introduction / Driving Question / Purpose / Hypothesis (Only one of them is enough)
      - Pictures of materials taken by student (with labels)
      - Pictures, captures or graphiscs that clearly show procedure, data or observation
      - Analysis of results / science or math behind the project (with graphics if available)
      - Subject, big idea and key concepts are correct in submission details
      - This is a level 1 investigation video (but not level 2 or level 3)
  • Technical Items:
  •   Digital presentation is in video format
    - Video is public or unlisted (anyone with the link can view it)
    - No violation (such as privacy, copyright) is observed
    - We can hear the sound in the movie (narrator or background music)
    - Video quality is clear to understand and text is large enough to read(if there is text)
    - There is enough evidence(s) (such as pictures or other media files) that this level 1 project is really made by the student.
    - Level 1 digital presentation are photo gallery presentations in movie format. The student can add subtitles over the pictures or insert action movies into the gallery, but not only slides of texts without adding any media (photo or movie). Make sure there are enough related media files (pictures/graphics) for your presentation
  • These are the items to be mentioned in the video presentation for ELA and Social Studies courses:
    • Subject and Topic (Title)
    • Driving Question 
    • Project summary 
    • Closure 
  • Level 1 digital presentations are photo gallery presentations in movie format. They need to include picture and sound.
  • You can add subtitles over pictures (with appropriately sized font) or insert action movies into the gallery. Please do not use just text slides without any related media (photo, sound, or even short video clip).

STUDENT TRAINING MATERIALS 

HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL STORY 
(PBL VIDEO PRESENTATION) with Youtube Video Editor
www.youtube.com/editor

YouTube Video

Free Video Download for background music

HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL STORY
(PBL VIDEO PRESENTATION) IN MOVIE MAKER 1


Written Tutorial
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HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL STORY
(PBL VIDEO PRESENTATION) IN MOVIE MAKER 2


Written Tutorial

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HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL STORY
(PBL VIDEO PRESENTATION) IN PHOTO STORY 3



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HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL STORY
(PBL VIDEO PRESENTATION) IN WEVIDEO-PART 1



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HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL STORY
(PBL VIDEO PRESENTATION) IN 
WEVIDEO-PART 2



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HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL STORY 
(PBL VIDEO PRESENTATION) IN POWER POINT



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