Joe Dockery

Adobe in the STEM classroom

How can we weave CS6 and PEPE into the STEM classroom?
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Stuart Willett

Posted on 8/1/12 12:08:00 AM Permalink

I use Adobe Captivate to create interactive lessons that I use to teach High School Science. Here is an example that I posted on Youtube.

However, youtube doesn't allow me to put in the interactivity so I don't put too many lessons up there. Our school has a website that can post Flash assignments and then automatically posts the grades to the gradebook. So my students can do them at home as well as at school. I had very good results last June. I have found Efficiency in Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines to Manage Cognitive Load to be the best guideline for designing lessons.

George Hatsidmitris

Posted on 8/1/12 12:22:05 AM Permalink

Really well paced explanation with sensible use of static images. If I was to make one suggestion it would be to place a pre-organise (i.e. what is going to be covered) before the clip kicks off (gives them a birds eye view of what is coming up and thus helps them identify the underlying structure of the learning task) and perhaps the last 10 - 20 seconds could be a summary.

I tried to achieve something in a similar fashion with Flash

George Hatsidmitris

Posted on 8/1/12 12:03:03 AM Permalink


I have been using FLASH and Photoshop and Premiere Pro to assist a physicist in putting together animations for the teaching of physics.


Concurrently I have been undertaking a Masters by Research Program to look at the best way to design educational multimedia from the point of view of how people process information i.e. to ultimately encode into long term memory structures.

Some examples of how to achieve this have been set out

I have been writing a number of papers on this sort of stuff and thought it might be of interest to some of you.

Do any of you consider evidence-based guidelines in the design of educational multimedia or would like to?

Nancy Parker

Posted on 7/25/12 5:56:57 PM Permalink

Time lapse video is an excellent way to introduce CS6 into the STEM Curricula. Any scientific event that takes place over time can be visualized more closely and investigated more thoroughly using time lapse.

Stuart Willett

Posted on 8/1/12 12:10:08 AM Permalink

Yes I did this to demonstrate capillarity, 24 hours was viewed over 30 seconds. Much better than a classroom demonstration.

Sara Martin

Posted on 7/24/12 10:05:05 PM Permalink

You could use the simple animations feature in PSE to create animations that demonstrate things like the water cycle.

I have also had students use PSE to create diagrams around scientific process like the parts of a volcano. Another project: each student created a square of the periodic table on PSE and then we put all the squares of the elements into a large periodic table on the cafeteria wall.\

Any one else have some other good stem ideas?

Meredith Blache

Posted on 7/24/12 6:56:15 PM Permalink

Unfortunately all of the examples I do have are behind our student/staff logon. I might be able to find some files I could share.

Meredith Blache

Posted on 7/24/12 6:50:23 PM Permalink

I used Photoshop Elmements and Premier Elements to document our Engineering project over the past several years. Photoshop has played an important role in many of the production project the students worked on.

Joe Dockery

Posted on 7/24/12 6:53:24 PM Permalink

Do you have any examples online?

Joe Dockery

Posted on 7/24/12 6:41:31 PM Permalink

I have been working with 4th grade students to use Flash to create scientific Illustrations by tracing their photographs and then labeling them and adding button roll-overs with audio.

Sara Martin

Posted on 7/24/12 10:06:23 PM Permalink

I love this idea-I don't have flash but I think I could do this with simple animations in PSE!

Joe Dockery

Posted on 7/25/12 10:45:13 PM Permalink

I just saw Mark talk about using graphic novels of scientific cycles and principles. Thanks for the idea Mark!