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Diana Bidulescu
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Home-made Science Visuals for Projects

Lesson Plan Published 11/19/16 Last updated on 5/16/18

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In our trainings we will use visuals to support the expression of learning. The lesson below is meant to walk the student through the steps of creating a set of visuals which they can use in their Science project to document processes.

Intro: As students receive the project assignment, they will work in groups of 4 to draft their project outline. Provide each group the parameters for their visuals and instructions to creating the template. Allow the students 5 minutes to discuss the instructions in their group, and ask the class to walk you through the instructions (to ensure that all the groups read the instructions and understand them).

As the students begin their Science project they will take photos with their phones of the materials and processes for each stage. The students will use Photoshop to transform the photos into visuals they can use to document their project.

Because the outcome of this lesson is an actual product that will be used to produce a grade for Science, the discuss with the students in the prior lessons about standard visuals for documentation and touch on the basic Photoshop skills:

  • creating standard visuals by setting the size and background mode
  • cropping by using a shape
  • image enhancements (brightness, contrast, saturation)

Tools/skills incorporated:

  • Marquee tool - to shape all the visuals the same for consistency
  • Magic eraser - to eliminate backgrounds
  • Eyedropper - to select a color from the picture; this color will become the background
  • Paint bucket - to fill the background
  • Image tab - Adjustments (of their choice to enhance the visual)

Process:

Ask the students to create a new visual for each photo; they will have to set the name and size (in inches so that they can perceive ration better). Set the resolution at 100 and select transparent for background. Once they take all the pictures, they will open them with Photoshop and use the image adjustments to enhance the photo. They will then use the marquee tool in the shape of their choice to select the focus of their visual (an object, closeup of activity, etc). They will crop the shape and add it to the visual template. They will select a background color and using the eyedropper, they will match the color for their visuals to ensure visual consistency of their overall project. Using paint bucket they will color the background. The visuals will be exported as .pngs and placed in the Science project folder until all are ready to be added to the project.

Resources

10 Tips for designing effective visual communication - https://www.columnfivemedia.com/infographic-10-tip...

Tips for creating the best visual content - http://www.dowitcherdesigns.com/tips-creating-best...

Image sharpening - http://www.exposureguide.com/image-sharpening.htm


Submission:

Once the visuals are ready and the project draft has ben typed, the students will add the visuals in the text (they may use the software of their choice, depending on how they plan to present/submit the project for grading. Grading will be impacted by the overall look of the project, balanced text and images, and visual unity of the document.

Products
  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

Age Levels
Duration
1+ Week
ISTE NETS-S
Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
Materials

Science project materials

Smart phone

Computer with Photoshop

CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
Ratings
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