|Scooped by Mark Tregidgo|
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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.