eLABs: Science In The Cloud

Gold level

Published on 8/17/2012

Learning objectives

  • 5.6. Core Processes: Reasoning, problem solving, and communication, more specifically: 5.6.J Make and test conjectures based on data
  • learn to plan an investigation, which involves first selecting the appropriate kind of investigation to match the question being asked.
  • Students use technology within all content areas to collaborate, communicate, generate innovative ideas, investigate and solve problems.
Created for

Ages 11 - 13

Ages 8 - 10

Subject

Natural Sciences

21st Century Skills

Collaboration

Communication

Knowledge building & critical thinking

Global awareness & civic literacy

Problem solving & innovation (creativity)

Student self-assessment

Featured tools
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Microsoft Word
Skype

Scratch

GiMP

EduBlogs

Facebook

Required hardware

PC

Instructional approach

Project based learning (PBL)

Personalized learning

Direct instruction

Independent study

Learning activity details

Students begin by exploring Earth Systems/Ecology and ‘Mind Storm’ in small groups to create earth systems based science experiments. While designing each experiment, student groups will build all the tools necessary to complete science experiments. Finished experiments will be presented in a virtual world instead of the normal ‘science fair’ model. Students will build videos or digital presentations that will be stored on classroom website so that they can bring their ideas to other school around the globe. Students will build video presentations in Scratch that are interactive. Once data is collected and experiments are finished, groups will bring their findings to the local community in the form of an ecology project. How can we take our findings and use them to build a better community. Community interactions will be in blog form or with Skype, if possible, to connect our students to community leaders.

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