- Sometimes it’s hard to give students feedback!? I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it was clear that they worked hard on these projects and there was a part of me that was just the tiniest bit hesitant to point out some suggested changes…BUT, the teacher had a great feedback sheet that made it clear that feedback was an important and expected part of this process.
- Presentations like this are an excellent opportunity to talk about presentation skills. How to tell a story and tell it well. Students are sooooo savvy with producing slides now that the shift to this focus is totally relevant.
- Students are struck by what is immediately applicable to them. Each group talked about the people the educator brought in for presentations and interviews. These were people from the community and places like the power company for our area. You could tell that they soaked up every word from these sources.
- Each group (maybe there was one that didn’t) used a video to showcase their particular energy source and how it is harvested. There’s definitely a connection to visual presentation of information and how we involve students in that.
- This is one of those topics that we’re not paying for education but investing…these students are the people that are going to lead us into the next generation of energy sources.
This was a great opportunity to reflect about our systems and learning…one that I’m very appreciative of.
I had the chance to visit Mrs. LeFrancois’ class to talk about vlogging. Mrs. LeFrancois has been having students vlog for the last two years and the results are incredible.
There’s a power to the work that can’t quite be explained in words, but it has something to do with connecting with people and amazing amounts of empathy and understanding.
Check out her blog at https://lefrancoisvt.blogspot.com/
In this episode we take a look at:
Science Friday – https://www.sciencefriday.com/
Science Friday offers free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for parents and educators.
PhET Simulations – https://phet.colorado.edu/
Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations.
Google Arts and Culture – https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/
EXPLORE COLLECTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE, CREATED BY GOOGLE CULTURAL INSTITUTE.