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Redhawk Talks

Southeast’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 260 is leading a new service project that supports the PK—12 students and educators throughout our region. The project’s goal is for Southeast students, faculty, staff and alumni to record a video or audio segment (approximately 10 minutes) with interesting facts about areas of teaching, research and other interesting facts about courses that are suitable for young audience from K-12 area schools. The created video/audio library of will be shared with schools around the area.

Volunteers Needed!

Thank you for sharing interest in the Redhawk Talks program hosted by Phi Kappa Phi in conjunction with the EDvolution Center and the Heather Macdonald Greene Multimedia Center. The objective of this project is to create a video/audio library of college students, faculty, staff, and alumni describing research, projects, topics related to their field of study or job or any professional activities they perform. It can be also about educational experiments or topics. The video/audio will be 10 minutes long and suitable for K-12 grades. This collection will then be shared with schools around the area and K-12 will learn about the different topics, disciplines and jobs.

Developing Audio/Video

Method 1: Reservation to record your video

  • Call or email the EDvolution Center in Scully 210
    edvolution@semo.edu
    (573) 986-6881
  • OR
  • Call or email the Heather MacDonald Greene Multimedia Center in Kent Library (you may need a flash drive)
    hmgmc@semo.edu
    (573) 986-4978
  • Show up to the reserved time in order to record the video

Creating a video at the Edvolution Center or the Heather MacDonald Greene Multimedia Center

  • Prepare and practice. You may use PowerPoint slides if they are able to visually support your talk with pictures or a suitable background; otherwise, a suitable background can be inserted
  • You may use a green screen. Wear clothing that is not green and is not heavily patterned
  • Wear professional clothing with solid background (no pictures, etc.)
  • At the beginning of the video
    • Say your name
    • Say in brief what your major is/job title is/retired in a simplified manner
  • A Media Specialist will show you how to use the camera
  • Talk
  • When finished, the Center will edit the video and add it to the library of videos

Method 2: Record a video on your own

  • Download iMovie (for free), which is a video editing software; it is simple and functions easily across connected Apple libraries and devices. It conveniently stores and organizes all imported photo and video files.
  • Prepare the video content and practice before the final recording. Please keep in mind that you can connect with the kids on a personal level while speaking about your topic. Make the talk interesting and entertaining for them by mentioning and focusing on things they can relate to and understand so that you can hold their attention. You may use PowerPoint slides (with great pictures) or actual models/materials to support your talk. Also, make sure you are able to produce a real-world, meaningful learning for students so that they can develop thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Wear professional clothing with solid background (no pictures, etc.)
  • Make sure to record with your back against an empty wall, or in a professional setting that is appropriate for diverse populations.
  • At the beginning of the video
    • Say your name
    • Say in brief what your major is/job title is/retired in a simplified manner
  • Start recording your video or audio.
  • When finished, send the video or audio to the EDvolution Center (using your SEMO’s outlook email). They will edit the video and add it to the library of videos. Note that if you are unable to send the file using your email, you will need to save it to flash drive and deliver it to the EDvolution Center.

Method 3: Record an audio on your own

  • Download the Zoom app.
  • Please note that the most important tabs are Audio and Recording.
  • Verify that your microphone appears in the list of available mics, select it and then test it for ringtone in your headphones.
  • Complete recording and save the file as mp4. Note that mp4 is the only format that will be accepted.
  • You can also use other apps such as Studio, as long as the audio file is saved as mp4.
  • When finished, send the audio to the EDvolution Center (using your SEMO’s outlook email). They will edit the video and add it to the library of videos. Note that if you are unable to send the file using your email, you will need to save it to flash drive and deliver it to the EDvolution Center.

Possible topics

  • Advances in research in your discipline
  • Your personal ongoing research
  • Any STEM activity (demo)
  • Various jobs in your discipline
  • Cool classroom experiments in your field of study

Deciding on materials and audience

If you are unsure of your audience level (K-12 students) and the nature and complexity of the materials, here are a few examples of STEM talks for various ages:

STEM in Early Learning: Engineering with the Three Little Pigs

Role models talk STEM with Edgewood Middle School students

Robotics class for high school students

If you have questions about the program itself, please email:

  • Coordinator of EDvolution Center, Jana Gerard at jgerard@semo.edu
  • Coordinator of ‘Redhawk Talks’ and President-Elect of PKP Chapter #260, Jayanti Ray at jray@semo.edu
  • President of PKP Chapter#260, Suhair Amer at samer@semo.edu

Contact

Suhair Amer
573.651.2525
samer@semo.edu
Phi Kappa Phi
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701