This 2- to 5-hour strategy asks students to explain one specific STEM concept in a 2- to 5-minute video in a way that is engaging and accessible to a general non-technical audience, such as their grandma. The strategy is designed for Adobe Premiere Rush, but students could also use Adobe Spark Video or Premiere Pro.
Adobe Premiere Rush enables students to organize video content to communicate complex science concepts in a visual narrative. This strategy requires students to think critically and creatively in order to translate their mastery of a science concept into everyday language.
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Students define key facts and examples for the concept to be communicated. (15 minutes)
Students work to fill gaps in understanding or knowledge. (30 minutes)
Discuss the rubric with the students to set expectations, emphasizing the importance of translating STEM concepts to a general audience. Guide students in brainstorming how to effectively communicate to a general audience, develop analogies, and organize information. (30 minutes)
Students locate or film assets to use in the video. (60 minutes)
Students develop a full storyboard mapping out details of their video. (30 minutes)
Students publish/submit and share their work with the class.
You will demonstrate your mastery of a STEM concept in a 2- to 5-minute video by explaining it in a way that could be understood by anyone from a non-technical audience, such as your grandma. The video you create should tell a story and be entertaining, but also clearly communicate the concept in a manner that is clear, complete, and scientifically accurate.
Adobe Premiere Rush will allow you to assemble audio, video, and graphical elements using features such as multi-track overlays to produce a professional video that your grandma will be proud of!
1. In this step, reflect on what you know about the STEM concept you will be communicating in the video and begin to plan out what information you should include in your video. (15 minutes)
Definition: Write down a clear definition for the concept you will communicate.
Main Points: Make a list of the key points you think are important for people to know or understand about the topic. It is ok if there are some things you are unsure of. Be sure to write these points down too as you will learn more about them in the next step.
Applications: Think about how the concept you have selected plays a role in everyday life. Come up with a few ideas that illustrate the concept in action or shows how this idea has been used by society.
Reflection: Identify what aspects of the concept are not clear to you or where you might have gaps in your knowledge based on what you have identified in the three points above.
2. Research the concept to make sure that you fill any of the gaps that you identified above and have a clear understanding of what the STEM concept is to be communicated in the video. Make sure that you consider how examples are used to explain the concept in your class notes or textbook. By the end of this step you should have: (>30 minutes)
a clear definition of the concept,
a few key points you would like to communicate to your audience, and
several examples that illustrate your points.
3. Brainstorm ways to communicate the STEM concept to a general audience in simple ways. Some questions you might want to consider include: (30 minutes)
How can examples or analogies be used to help to explain a difficult concept?
What does an image say? How might the details of an image help to support or detract from the point you are trying to make? Do images need to be literal to make a point?
Have you ever been entertained by a science video? What features of the video stood out?
Should you act as a “storyteller”, “teacher”, or “scientist” to engage your audience?
What are the characteristics of a professional communication product you will emulate?
Consider what specific examples or analogies you will use to clearly communicate your underlying ideas. Make sure that you have an idea for how you will translate each of your key points to a general audience.
4. Curate the media assets you will include in your video by locating imagery and film clips online or by filming your own. Make sure that you have appropriate visual assets to address each key idea in your video – even if you plan to add narration to aid the explanation. When looking online, try searching for sites that provide royalty free media, such as pexels.com. Don’t forget to find some audio to jazz up the video, such as a song from the YouTube Audio Library. (60 minutes)
5. Now that you have all of your core content, develop a storyboard to clearly outline the plan for your video. (30 minutes)
Use a set of slides to represent each scene in your video (i.e., a scene is a unique piece of footage or idea that you will communicate).
For each scene (i.e., slide in the outline):
note the key idea to be communicated,
identify the specific graphical asset you plan to use,
write out text that will appear on screen or that you will narrate, and
provide an estimate for the length of time you will need for that scene.
Once you have completed the storyboard, run through the slides to make sure that the story you plan to tell is clear and logical. If you see any problems or missing content, address those issues.
6. Produce your video in Premiere Rush using the storyboard above and the content that you have collected. Make sure to take advantage of the multiple audio and video track, transition, and narration tools available within Premiere Rush to develop a professional video. (1-2 hours)
7. Submit your video and share it with the class. Make sure that you show it to your grandma too!
Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' videos.