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Science reporter: materials researcher - (TLF L525 v6.0.0)

Science reporter: materials researcher - (TLF L525 v6.0.0) | EDTM5007 task | Scoop.it
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Here is a link to the resource:

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L525/index.html

 

This resource is connected to the SC5-17CW outcome which says students are to "discusses the importance of chemical reactions in the production of a range of substances, and the influence of society on the development of new materials"

 

This resource can be used by a teacher in class as an activity. It is a fairly large resource, such that it could be used for the entirety of one lesson. This task itself is a great way to get students thinking about the creation of new materials, and problems associated with it by making them piece together a scientific report. This resource is an interactive game/ scenario for the students to work through.

 

It multiple computers are not available, the teacher can project the resource onto the board. The class can then work through the resource together. This method would promote class discussion as well as encourage students to devise arguments about a specific choice, and then justify that choice with argumentation.

 

Finally, I could be used as a homework task. Ask students to complete the online task, and then come to class the next day ready to argue for the choices they made.

 

 

 

I think that this resource if an effective way for students to not only develop their problem solving and communicating working scientifically skills, but also asks students to look at science as a human endeavour. In that sense, it is an effective and engaging way for a teacher to cover those specific areas of the content.

 

A great feature of the resource is that it places students into the role of a science reporter. By providing this context to the students, they will be more likely to positively engage with the content. As the students are in role, they may be more likely to argue for their positions, as a scientific reporter would.

 

A weakness of this resource is the limited number of topics within the site. I think with more topics, a more diverse range of final products could be produces by the student.

 

Overall I think this a great resource as it provides a fantastic and diverse in class task that has clear links to areas in the curriculum.

 

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Scootle

Scootle | EDTM5007 task | Scoop.it
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The 'scoop' isnt working, so bellow is the URL for the resource.

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/R11896/index.html?location=carousel

 

This resource link with SC5-11PW which says a student "explains how scientific understanding about energy conservation, transfers and transformations is applied in systems."

 

This resource is a fantastic website that provides collection of 22 digital curriculum resources is arranged into five sections. These sections include; renewable and non-renewable energy resources, solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy and biofuels. The site contains images, videos, text and PowerPoint presentations for each of these areas.

 

There is so much that this resource can be used for. Firstly it can be used by the teacher to help construct their lessons. This site provides many resources that a teacher can use. The large number of videos is a great way to set the context of a lesson, while the images can be used as a stimulus in a task, or to consolidate what they have learnt during a task.

 

Secondly, this resource can also be used by the students to learn. There are a number of ways this can happen. It could be used as a reference point for when the teacher is teaching a new concept. More powerfully though is its ability to allow the students to perfrom a research task using the site. The students could then be asked to present their findings using any relivent videos or images they found.

 

 

The major strength of this resource is that it has so much information contain within. It is this wealth of knowledge that makes this such a versatile resource in education. Not only is it accessible for the teacher, but also for the students.

 

Another strength lies in that it the resource has many different media types in it. From video to images to diagrams, this resource allows for students to learn the information in different ways. It also accommodates for students who learn better in different ways.

 

The only issue with this resource is that it is quite difficult to navigate. The interface is not very intuitive, and it can be difficult to find exactly what you want if you don’t know where to look.

 

Overall this is an amazing flexible resource that will greatly aid a teacher in their instruction on energy and alternate energy sources.

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Resort rescue: water sports - (TLF L2693 v1.0.0)

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This resource is linked to the SC5-13ES outcome, which reads that a student "explains how scientific knowledge about global patterns of geological activity and interactions involving global systems can be used to inform decisions related to contemporary issues"

 

 

This resource is a fantastic web activity for students, that places the students in the role of an environmental analyst. Students have to examine a community over a 15 year period, and look at factors as to why it is no longer environmentally sustainable. With some unpacking afterwards, this resource could easily be used to design a whole lesson around. This resource could also be used as a template for a teacher to design their own separate PBL task for the students.

 

 

The first way this task could be used is as an in class activity. The teacher would set up the task as an individual, group or whole class activity. The majority of the lesson would see the students working through the online activity. The activity requires the student to use critical thinking abilities to make decisions for the community based on a number of sources.

 

 

It would be important for the teacher to be constantly walking around and helping during the task. One the students have completed the task; it is important for the teacher to consolidate what they covered in the task through a group discussion, or through students writing down and sharing their own environmental reports.

 

 

If the teacher does not want to run this activity, then they can use the details contained within this resource to create their own PLB task on the same topic. This would allow for more flexibility in how the task is presented and conducted.

 

 

The strengths of this resource are the presentation of the task. It is very colourful and intuitive. You never feel lost while using it, and you always know what you have to do next.

 

 

The subject of the task is also very good. It is relatable to most students ie water sports, resorts and the environment. The context for the students is inbuilt into the task itself such the students won’t be asking 'why do we need to know this??"

 

 

A weakness of the task is that it is quite linear. This is not a huge issue as long as the teacher asks the students to think about and unpack the decisions they have to make.

 

 

Overall, this resource is either a great inspiration for a teacher to design their own PLB tasks, or a great online task asking students to think about the environment, and what they can do to create an environmentally sustainable future.

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Water Cycle - Earthguide Animated Diagram

Animated water cycle diagram for teachers and students.
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This resource is linked to the  SC5-13ES outcome, which reads that  a student "explains how scientific knowledge about global patterns of geological activity and interactions involving global systems can be used to inform decisions related to contemporary issues"

 

This resource is an interactive diagram showing the water cycle, including 'where it exists' 'changing forms' and 'how it moves'. There are a number of ways a teacher can utilize this resource for use in their science classroom.

 

The first and most obvious way to use it is to simply use it to teach the students about the water cycle. Either the teacher can go through the diagram on the board, or if the resources are available, the students can explore the diagram themselves. The resource also contains a quiz. The students will be able to complete the quiz as a way to show the teacher that they have understood the content within the diagram. This could act as a form of formative feedback as to whether the teacher needs to further work on this particular area.

 

A second use for this resource would be to use it as a catalyst to spark a discussion about the importance of the water cycle in our lives, and what could happen if there was a disruption in the cycle. This could then easily lead on to a discussion about our ethical role to maintain a healthy water cycle.

 

 

In terms of the resources weaknesses; it is not very detailed. There will need to be teacher instruction or additional research on behalf of the students, as this resource is not enough for the students to learn about the water cycle. It would be much better used as a stimulus, or as a follow up activity to consolidate the students’ knowledge.

 

Another weakness of the resource is that it has limited intractability. It is, for the most part, a diagram, in which you can chance what is being displayed. This could been seen as boring by some students, which is further reason what this should not be used as a lesson, but simply a stimulus for an ethical discussion, or a form of consolidation for the students understanding on water cycles.

 

Its strength lies in its versatility, and in its simplicity. It can very easily be incorporated into and previous lesson plans a teacher has previously written on the topic.

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Geoscience Australia — Earthquakes @ GA

Geoscience Australia — Earthquakes @ GA | EDTM5007 task | Scoop.it
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This resource is linked to the SC5-13ES outcome, which reads that a student "explains how scientific knowledge about global patterns of geological activity and interactions involving global systems can be used to inform decisions related to contemporary issues"

 

This resource is a website provided by the Australian government about earthquakes and geoscience. The website shows a google maps image of the oceanic region. Detailed on the map are the locations and magnitudes of any and all earthquakes detected over the past 7 days.

 

There are a number of interesting ways a teacher can implement this resource into their lessons.

 

Firstly, this resource can be used in the teaching of earthquakes and plate tectonics. It would be very good at this because the diagram has been very well designed and is very clear in what it is representing. It clearly shows that the majority, and that the large earthquakes occur right near where the plate boundary is located. It also shows a few smaller earthquakes in Australia. This will lead to an interesting discussion on why we can observe earthquakes in Australia, even though Australia is not located on a plate boundary.

 

This resource could also be used as discuss the effect of earthquakes  on people around the oceanic region, and to look how technological developments have increased are understanding of the science of earthquakes, and have led to things like early tsunami warning systems.

 

The strength of this resource is that it is from an official government website. This means that it will be constantly updated with accurate information, making it constantly relevant to the students.

 

The site also links to many other useful resources, that the teacher could use, or allow students to explore for a task or assessment.

 

A weakness of the resource is that it only shows the oceanic region, and only shows the past 7 day. If you were able to see global trends for a longer period of time it would be easier for students to see the global trends of earthquakes.

 

Overall, this is an excellent website that I would encourage any teacher to use while dealing with anything to do with earthquakes and its effects.

 

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