A presentation!

Projects without backboards

A lot of projects come to the Red River Heritage Fair very artistically arranged on a backboard and set up very much like, well, a science fair display. Did you know you don’t have to set up your project that way?

  1. Audio projects. You can record your project and present it as an audio file. Maybe it’s Microphonean interview with a historical figure. Maybe it’s a bit of on the spot live recording courtesy of some time travel. Try a program like Audacity to record, and throw in some sound effects from Free Sound, and top it off with some royalty-free background music from Incompetech.
  2. Video projects. What could be more fun than creating a script about a historical event, dressing up in costume, collecting props and telling your story in a video? There’s plenty of great online video editing sites like WeVideo or you can use a free desktop program like Open Shot.
  3. Website. Build a website to present your story. The new Google Sites makes creating a pretty decent website pretty easy. Go to sites.google.com to get started, or if you’re a Google Apps school you’ll need to talk to your IT person to make sure Google Sites has been enabled.
  4. Choose your own adventure. This is a great type of story that kids like to read. Imagine creating one about a historical event and thinking through how it might have gone if different decisions had been made at certain point. If someone had chosen a different path, how would it have turned out? For that kind of counterfactual thinking, Twine is a great place to create your presentation. It’s gone an online version, and versions to run on either a Mac or PC. And even if you create it online, you can download your work and play it on your computer without wifi, just in case your Internet connection fails.