Carolyn Zellers
Instructional Technology Specialist

Science Reports with Graphic Detail

Project Published 10/11/10 Last updated on 2/28/20
Using the shapes tools, and specifically the talk or thought balloons, in PhotoShop Elements, students can can use clip art or photos of themselves and friends to explain a process, principal or experiment as the starting point for a report, or to illustrate a point in a report. This can be a fun way to engage students in writing about technical information.
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Aaron Davis

Posted on 2/23/14 7:17:37 AM Permalink

nice, simple idea. I'm going to use it for some visuals in the classroom.

Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/15/10 11:40:20 AM Permalink

Good point about the how, why, and what if.

"The William" utilizes the surface area in a brilliantly more efficiently manner, but it's electric. If it's supposed to be a stove of the future, sure seems like it should be more energy efficient. What if it packed one of these just below the surface area? The anti-grav version could double as a mode of transportation. With the surface area set to low, it could keep the passenger warm, toasty, and maybe a little greasy if someone forgot to clean the surface after cooking.

All joking aside, "The William" is a very well-thought idea. (Though the 1:00 to 1:04 section does scare the once-burned part of me. Ug! Fire bad!)

Carolyn Zellers

Posted on 10/15/10 2:00:55 AM Permalink

The video is very clever but doesn't answer the question "Why?." It's more like a number of inside jokes for chemists! If students had to take one idea and think of a way to show why or how something happens, that might get them thinking more like scientists. Then if they can go one step further and think about illustrating "What if...?", that would be great!

(Here's another interesting video that shows a lot of thought put into "what if" when trying to design a more efficient stove. I love the very different way of thinking about how a stove of the future should work.)

Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/14/10 11:44:27 PM Permalink

As a kind of punctuation to your idea, I showed this video today. Any way we can find to drive home the science lesson, eh? :)

Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/14/10 11:33:38 PM Permalink

Thanks and I'll let you know. The idea's simply brilliant. Can't wait to share it with the kids.

Carolyn Zellers

Posted on 10/14/10 9:59:51 PM Permalink

Hi Ken--

Yes, you certainly may use this idea!

I'd love to hear if any of your students try this idea out as a way to illustrate (or write) a report.

Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/13/10 9:46:52 AM Permalink

What a fun idea!

Carolyn, may I use this image on my blog in order to share the idea with my students? It fits right in with this week's post about tapping into Multiple Intelligences and Sir Ken Robinson's views on the current state of education.