You will conduct your research using the Internet.
- Start by creating an note page for each of the five major Native cultures. (Not sure what they are? Go back to the previous page -- Task -- and look carefully at the map.)
- On each note page, create headings that say: Geography, Language, Culture, History, Demographic Trends, and Subsistence Habits.
- Search for information -- written, visual and audio -- using google or any other search engine. As you find it, add it to your note pages along with the URL address so you can find it again! You my also want to bookmark your pages. You will also need to create a reference page with the URL addresses listed.
- Here are some websites to get you started:
- Alaska History Course
- Alaska Historical Society
- Alaska's Digital Archives
- Anchorage Museum
- Travel Alaska
Learn how to make a prezi. ("Prezi" is the name given to a style of presentation that is web-based and an alternative to Power Point.)
- Go to www.prezi.com
- Create an account
- Go to the "Learn" page and read through the three sections that teach you how to make a prezi.
- Pay special attention to how prezis can show relationships and hierarchies of information. Text size, color, type of Internet artifact (audio or video clip, image) are all tools you can use. Some prezis group information in larger shapes (see Biogasol on the “Explore” page). Another uses a map on which to anchor the information (Happy Thanksgiving: A Tour of World Cuisine). Finally, take a look to a very sophisticated prezi that incorporates an image (ferris wheel) as its anchor and makes use of video spots and text to communicate a story - (Chris Anderson: How Web Video Powers Global Innovation.)
- Prezis also use the zoom in and out feature to maintain a “big picture” view of the topic and help the audience stay oriented. When you make your prezi, keep this action in mind.
Create your own prezi using the information you've gathered on your note pages. This will take a bit of experimenting, so give yourself plenty of time to get it just the way you want it. Remember that your prezi must have text and video and audio links to convey the information you have gathered. Also, remember your audience. They are eighth graders who will be as interested in this new type of presentation as in the content of the presentation. Use your media well!
Write the narration you will use when you present the prezi. By now, you know that you navigate through the prezi by clicking the mouse. Write the narration to accompany each mouse click.
Practice your presentation!
Present! You can present to your teacher/tutor in-person using your computer. You can record, from your computer, your presentation. This option will probably require you to learn a new web application such as Jing, so budget time if you choose this option. Unfortunately, we do not have a real eighth grade class to present to!
Use the rubric found on the next page to guide as you create your presentation. It lists all the requirements and the standards that will be used to evaluate your project. YOU are in control of the grade you receive.