Philip Saldais
Learning Designer

Peeling Back the Layers - Using InDesing with Biology

Lesson Plan Published 10/7/19 Last updated on 3/2/20

One of the courses in the Education Exchange that got me interested was the 'Getting Started with Publishing' course. It made me think a lot about the different ways we can present information as well as how we can make things more creative. I often wondered 'Wouldn't it be great if the students could flip things and make their resources the benchmark'. So I designed a lesson that gives the the tools to do just that.

One of the other takeaways with this was the ability for students to add to their resource and simply update the published online link - similar to Adobe Spark. It gives students the practice they need to start building a portfolio of their learning. Wouldn't it be great if they could build on this and have templates, art, resources - all of which they have created and be able to add to it over time.

Students would also get a taste of one of the more difficult yet rewarding programs within Adobe - InDesign. There's nothing stopping them from being able to print this resource out, to add audio files, video files and artwork and sketches. Once more, students could collaborate their resources and the entire class could actually publish a book - a thought for any teachers interested in motivating their students with a group task.

Turning a traditional report presentation into something that could inspire your class was one of my key aims here. The great thing with this lesson is that the human body has lots of 'systems' so students could actually build this over several weeks and add a layer each time. The skills they learn here could apply to other subjects - hopefully you see the potential with you students and this lesson!

There is an introductory video and an Instructional Video as well to explain how to use the template.

Age Levels
1+ Week
  • Adobe InDesign CC (2015 or higher)
  • A Creative Cloud account (so they can publish online)
  • Internet access + suitable browser (Chrome, Firefox Edge).
  • Access to a scientific database or the school/institutions library
  • CC License
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    Mark Woszczalski

    Posted on 12/12/19 2:27:20 AM Permalink

    ​Nice one Phil!