MET:SMART Science Design Project

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Final Design Proposal (submitted February 6, 2011)

Proposal Drafts

Key Frameworks Draft (GH - in progress). Are you both ok with tying into Bruner, Bloom, and Constructivist learning theory? I will fill in the rest of constructivist sections if this jives with both of your conception of the project. Looking at your drafts, I think it does, but I will have to read both of your work closer in order to get a feel for what stays and goes in mine. File:GH Key Frameworks Draft Feb 2 2011.pdf

Key Concepts and Contexts Draft (AM) File:Key Concepts and Contexts.pdf (Updated Feb. 5th!)

Key Intentions and Positions Draft (AT) AM and GH: Check this pdf I wrote on Itentions and Positions. See if I am on the right track. File:Intentions and Postions.pdf

Interactivities Brainstorm

-->(GH) Communities and Food Web: photo capture of a myriad of random animals and plants (from books and other found resources) using document camera/ SB interface, or download digital images. Sort and organize into logical groups (communities). Show interrelationships within communities (drawing tools). Critical thinking task...

(Andrew T) I think I need to get my head around how we are planning to use ET in this project. I am really not sure how we are going to use Moodle? GH your post above sounds great. Will the Smart board be used to initially present material to students then the above tasks are the activities students do to show their learning? A lot of the research I have found was focused on the impact of using IWB in science . There is a lot of evidence of benefits with the use of IWB.

(GH response to above) Hi Andrew. Moodle will be used kinda like Vista is used for this course. Moodle has most (if not all) of the functions that this course shell has (though I don't know how to use it yet...but I hear AM is a pro). The IWB lessons created on SMART Notebook can be posted on Moodle so you, Andrew M, and anyone else with access can use them and have them neatly presented in the context of the unit. Moodle will also allow us to have links to assignments and alternate media (videos, simulations) for students to work on when not in front of the SMART board. I think you and Andrew M can focus on the IWB piece directly (your science concept lessons created in Notebook), as this is what you will be using and have the most interest in creating (true?). I will think more along the lines of the Moodle offering...contextualizing your Notebook lessons, sidetrips, enrichments, and assessment/evaluation for the science unit (if that's okay with you both).

Andrew T) Thanks Gord that outlines it for me. I was thinking about the Smart board. It is great for presenting and getting students interactively involved. They will need to show their learning through some online activity that is not on the smart board. What I have been brainstorming are web 2.0 applications students can use to show their learning. These sites are great because they do not require any software to be on the computer generally. They are online and usually involve collaboration opportunities. Some ideas I have are using Mindmeister for kids to create mind maps on the science topics. These can be posted, sent to other students by email, or connect to them via Moodle. Other students can add to the mind maps, edit them. Another great visual learning tool is voicethread. Here kids can upload pics and record comments about them. They can tell the story of a local food chain with photos, voice, text and have a running slide show narrated by themselves. Others can view and comment with voice or text as well. Would be cool to have BC kids sharing with Swiss kids! I can see us using blogging through moodle to discuss science concepts and have a running blog. Anyway just a few ideas I came up with. I have checked out these sites.

SMART Science Project File Collection

File:SMART Group -- Initial Greeting.pdf

File:Education by Design Project Proposal Overview.doc

File:Helpful IWB Citations (Wiki cleanup).doc