FREE lesson plan includes a Prezi with a timeline for the introduction of different media, in-class questions and activities, videoclips, and an optional written assignment.
The lesson plan does not rely on any specific textbook, but looks at key moments in the history of various media appropriate for a journalism, technology or history class. The lesson plan is color-coded with videos, group activities, and important examples in blue, and questions for class discussion in orange. (This helps to make sure the class is broken up well.) Additional “if-time” material is provided at the end that can be added into the class if desired. A written assignment is also provided that can be assigned before the class (recommended) or afterward.
The Prezi includes videos, pictures and illustrations most often taken from YouTube, SimpsonsWorld.com or public universities and museums in accordance with fair use laws. (Note: because Prezi links to pictures and videos online, they may be removed at any time by the source who originally posted them and it will leave a blank space in the slide…there is no way to have any control over that.) The Prezi movements are meant to be straightforward rather than dizzying, and the colors kept simple. Questions and activities are marked to stand out. Instructions for using the videos which are not embedded are included in the lesson plan.
More detailed lesson plans on each medium are also available for individual purchase or as a package. The package also includes this lesson plan with the ability to edit the Prezi.