|G u i d e t o M u l t i m e d i a C o m p o n e n t s
Live from the Rainforest is an integrated multimedia project, which uses
- Online resources
- Print materials, suggesting hands-on activities
- Live interactive video and tape
Each medium is used to contribute what it does best. Participants in
previous Passport to
Knowledge Modules report their students benefited most when all three
used in complementary ways. However, flexibility in local implementation
a wide range of choices are also hallmarks of every PTK Module.
The Internet breaks down the walls of the classroom and brings the world and
researchers to any school, any place, any time.
Field Journals and Biographies provide behind-the-scenes and beyond the
anecdotes which personalize the scientific process in ways no textbook or
Online opportunities facilitate direct, individual interactions with leading
their support teams through Researcher Q&A.
Journals, expedition photos, and project Updates will be available over the
close to real time: LFRF can be experienced both as an exciting expedition
Teachers share curriculum ideas and implementation challenges with other
online mail lists, such as DISCUSS-LFRF. Through such mail lists Passport
provides opportunities for meaningful participation for those with only
limited access to
simple e-mail as well as those with full access to the World Wide Web.
This Guide and associated print materials provide all an educator needs to
unique learning experience successfully in a science class or
teaching environment. The Guide provides a teacher-friendly, easy-to-use
the entire Module, and is co-packaged with copy masters of Student
other Blackline Masters to support the Activities and an original full-color
Hands-on Activities simulate the most significant aspects of the research
or online, and illuminate key science concepts
Many Activities suggest adaptations for elementary and high school students
to PTKs initial target of middle school classes
Several Activities also suggest ways to connect across the disciplines,
beyond science, as
indicated by the icons to be found throughout this Guide:
math, social studies, lang. arts, and art computers.
Each Activity retains the pedagogically-sound Engage, Explore, Explain,
Expand/Adapt/Connect format of previous Passport to Knowledge Guides.
Opening and Closing Activities help teachers create anticipatory set, and
assess student learning outcomes at the conclusion of the experience
A Multimedia Teachers Kit includes this Guide and its co-packaged materials
provides more extensive materials: a sixty-minute Teacher Resource Video with
background information on the Amazon rainforest; scenes of PTK Teacher
modeling three key Activities; sample online materials; additional
curriculum support and
instructional materials; a slide set and a full-color map.
Television provides the sights and sounds of people, places and processes
which wraps a
living context around the simple words of text alone.
Personal portraits of the researchers and their lives humanize the hard work
science and demystify high-tech careers
Cutting-edge telecommunications and live events connect students to remote
Graphics and dynamic visuals simplify complex concepts. Real-time, two-way exchanges between students and researchers symbolize the
interactive possibilities universally available via the Internet
Teachers rate the live component of the Live From... videos highly, although
teachers use them on tape: theres no contradiction. The excitement of the
interactions is maintained while teachers gain flexibility by using the
video on tapes.
H o w t h e C o m p o n e n t s w o r k t o g e t h e r
Activity 1.5, A Day in the Life, invites students to research the
characteristics and ecological niche inhabited by a particular rainforest
Online in the TEAMS section, read Dr. Claude Gascons Field Journals and
Now field director for the BDFF project, Claude explains how his lifelong
frogs began as just such an exercise, during a college biology course.
In Program 1, Mission to Planet Earth, Dr. Gascon takes us on an on-camera
virgin rainforest, including a visit to his frogs.
The powerful multiple media combination of TV, hands-on Activities and online
resources and experiences should make your students truly feel as if they
investigators with scientists engaged in significant research in the real
world. And if you
have questions about how best to implement the Activity, or have stories to
your students successes or failures, you can post messages to discuss-lfrf
with fellow teachers geographically dispersed across the nation, and even