The Science of Sport: How to Win Gold - Submitting the progress report
Submitting a progress report
Once students had completed 15 hours of research, they were expected to submit a report of their progress by Friday 16 December 2011.
The students were asked to include the following in their reports:
• A description of the hypothesis and methods used
• Results so far
• Preliminary conclusions
• Potential impact of the project
• Plans for further research
• Feedback on the experience so far
Students were encouraged to use their initiative in the presentation of their progress reports, which must have been in a form that could be submitted in an email (such as a video, podcast, website or presentation). The following suggestions were provided:
Windows Live Movie Maker (for PCs)
This software allows users to import videos and photos from a digital camera, flash memory card, mobile phone or computer and edit them to create videos. It is only compatible with systems running Vista and later versions of Microsoft Windows. For earlier alternatives of Movie Maker, visit here.
iMovie (for Macs)
This Mac-only application allows Mac, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 users to import video clips and edit them to create videos.
SciCast Film School
Planet SciCast is a video-sharing website, which invites schools, families, universities and researchers to share their science films with each other. It has provided some guidelines on how to plan and shoot a film, including advice about equipment and how to organise a team.
Vimeo is a video-sharing website on which students can upload, share and view videos. A Basic account is free and provides the option to choose who can view the video. Vimeo also provides lessons and user-made video tutorials on various video-making techniques, which are available here.
This software allows users to import sound files or record live audio through a microphone or mixer, edit them and create a podcast. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and BSD.
This is a network of free school websites that enables students to create safe internet radio, podcasts, videos and blogs. Teachers can sign up for a free Basic account, which provides safe school podcasting and blogging.
This allows smartphone users to record and share audio files of up to 5 minutes. Students can upload an “Audioboo” with an iPhone, a Google Android Phone, through the website or via email. Please note that it will not be possible to restrict access to the Audioboo once it is uploaded on to the website.
PodOmatic allows users to create and share both audio and video podcasts. A Basic account is free. As content on this site is not moderated, teachers may wish to create their own account and restrict student use to this.
PowerPoint in the Classroom
These tutorials, provided by ACT360 Media Ltd, explain how to use Microsoft PowerPoint (2007 and 2003) to present many different forms of information.
An alternative to PowerPoint is Prezi, which is an application that allows users to create presentations online or offline by downloading Prezi Desktop. Several people can create and edit a Prezi together by setting up a Prezi Meeting. Prezis can then be shared online or downloaded to be sent to non-Prezi users. Student/Teacher licenses are free and provide the option to choose whether the Prezi is private, published or shared with selected individuals.
This is an online platform that enables users to create, publish and share multimedia projects online. Content can include web pages, presentations, audiovisual resources and online magazines. Students can use Documenta individually or in collaboration with other people – sharing projects and file libraries. Depending on the type of licence, students can choose whether to make their content public or keep it private. If using a free licence, all projects will be automatically made public for the whole community once they are created.
All progress reports received were assessed by an independent panel and a number of these were shortlisted to take part in the final stage of the competition.