A Scientific Slide Show
HOW IT WORKS
A Scientific Slide Show is a program that teaches a myriad of skills. It takes quite some time to complete because it is so involved. For
example, students will be taught to save their work onto the network in the computer lab. This is one whole
lesson in itself. The children are walked through this process step by step.
The entire fourth grade, approximately 136 children, is working on the same project. I meet with them in the computer lab and in their
classrooms. There are many different levels of achievement within this group, from non-English ESL students to those tested in the spring in Science. This program can be adapted by other grades according to the needs of the student.
Loula Allain has been a teacher in the New York City public school
system for nine years. She has worked mainly with fourth-grade
students. She is currently the computer coordinator/staff
developer for her school. She still meets with classes regularly and runs workshops
for her school on a monthly basis.
WHAT YOU NEED
The computer lab is a room filled with 32 computers and two printers.
The children use their assigned machines. They may do the research
by using the Internet, encyclopedias, or books in the library. The
necessary software is Apple Works 5.0.
In our schools we need to use our time wisely, therefore we need to
creatively combine lessons we teach. A Scientific Slide Show
provides this opportunity for you. It combines science, technology, and
writing a research paper all in one. Not only are your students
becoming proficient word processors and researchers, but
at the end of the program they will also be in sheer bliss while presenting their
Several New York State Standards are addressed, as students read
and understand informational materials; produce a report that
includes appropriate facts and detail; independently demonstrate an
understanding of the rules of the English language in written and oral
work; and analyze and subsequently revise work to improve its clarity