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Word Processing Utilization
Title: Production Time
Other Curriculum Objectives that can be addressed by
this lesson plan
English Language Arts: Computer Skills: (Gr. 7) Information
Objectives: Identify terms related
to computer-generated productions (e.g., desktop publishing, WYSIWYG, clip
art, hypertext, multimedia, laserdisc, CD-ROM, VCR, scanners, camcorders).
Measure: Given a chart
of various computer-generated production terms, label the terms as text,
video, audio, or graphics.
Materials Needed: Collection of various desktop published
materials including magazines, student reports, school and local newspapers;
pictures of camcorders, laserdiscs, CD-ROM, scanners, etc. (or the actual
device); teacher-made videotape created using a computer and a camcorder
(for example, using VCR Companion and a camcorder to capture student reports).
Time: Three, 45 minute sessions in class; field trip
times will vary.
desktop publishing, clip art, hypertext, multimedia, laserdisc, CD-ROM,
VCR, scanners, camcorders, HyperCard/LinkWay/HyperStudio, QuickTime, VCR
Companion, Slide Shop
- Collect pictures and/or the equipment to be used for
these lessons. Plan classroom visit(s) and/or field trip(s) with the appropriate
With the Students:
- Divide students into cooperative groups of three to
four students for the activities.
- Discuss and show examples of different types of printed
media and the types of equipment that may have been used to create each
- Conduct a tour of a desktop publishing center in a
school or central office or a visit to a local newspaper. Give students
the opportunity to ask questions and see as much production as possible.
- Take a field trip to a classroom where camcorders
and computers are being used to develop a tape or show videotape of a video
that was produced using a computer and a camcorder. If equipment is available,
demonstrate use in class.
- Provide a classroom or media center experience where
students have the opportunity to observe and review different types of
print media, computer productions, and videotapes, arranged in centers.
- Give students the opportunity to visit each center.
Have students identify the types of media that they think was used to create
- Discuss student observations about the different types
of media at each of the centers.
- Students should define terms: desktop publishing,
clip art, hypertext, multimedia, laserdisc, CD-ROM, VCR, scanners, camcorders
- Have students use at least one of these types of production
media (i.e., laserdisc, VCR, CD-ROM) for a class presentation.
- Plan a school-wide media fair providing an opportunity
for students to share different types of media that they have created.
Pass out the worksheet. Have students read the directions.
Have students complete the worksheet which requires students to define
the computer-generated terms then label each term as text, audio, video,
or graphics. The teacher should reteach as necessary for those items which
are still confusing to students and provide additional practice activities.
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