In science we are working to increase student reflection upon experiments that lies in real-world connections to learning. This project will engage students, allow students to share through conversation their knowledge of standards, and let students document and reflect upon experiments using video
beyond Fullerton School District serves a diverse population of TK-8th grade students from varied beyond-economic backgrounds, with more than 44% of children qualifying for Title I and 34 home languages spoken district-wide.
Our school population reflects this diverse nature of Fullerton. Our classrooms aim to prepare our students with college-and career-ready skills enabling them to lead in a globally connected economy and society. The ability to engage students in conversation is essential for their understanding of the complex topics they are studying. My 5th grade class is a self-contained, fully identified GATE class with 34 students. Emphasis is to differentiate by means of acceleration, depth, complexity, and creativity. My students are challenged to go Ã¢ÂÂbeyondÃ¢ÂÂ. The use of technology will allow me to individualize the instruction more efficiently. Monitoring their performance and giving immediate feedback will be a major factor in increasing their level of performance.
Four iPod touch devices and a cable to connect my AppleTV, will make the science class a videotorium. Using this powerful equipment students record science experiments and create videos to demonstrate science themes. These videos then become part of the class science videotorium. The students now become masters of classroom content as well as building in the ability to showcase their work. Using the iPod touch to record every stage in classroom experiments, students then create a video outlining the hypothesis, experiment, results, and a reflection upon what occurred. The iPod allows both rapid filming in addition to power editing through iMovie. With groups being able to access the video production in the palm of their hands, it makes the ability to include video as part of the science experiment a reality. As students complete experiment videos they are then shared with the class wirelessly via AppleTV which displays any content from the iPod touch to the classroom projector.
Developing a strong foundation in science is essential for students to be successful in college and in careers.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs often difficult to develop a love of science for students, especially if they ever struggled in a previous science class. This project lowers the anxiety for students by integrating the iPod touch and allowing students to bring in reflect upon their learning, to provide opportunities to demonstrate expertise in a non-stressful environment, and by building a class video library.Read More
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