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Learning Exercise

Material: Learning Science Through Inquiry
Submitted by: Valerie Olness on Jul 28, 2006
Date Last Modified: Jul 28, 2006
Title: Constructivist Unit Plan and MERLOT Assignment
Description: As a follow-up to the The Impact of Technology on the 21st Century Classroom chapter in the book Teaching Science in the 21st Century, the assignment is for students in a Secondary Science Methods class to develop the paradigm, Learning With Technology, whilst developing a constructivist unit plan which is to be taught in a high school classroom.
Type of Task: Core activity, Individual, Student-centered
Time Required 2 weeks of out of class work was alotted. More time would have
Course: Secondary Science Methods
Audience: College General Ed
Prerequisites Skills: Understanding of the constructivist epistemology and how it relates to a 5E unit plan format.
Learning Objectives: * to construct a constructivist/inquiry unit plan
• to use technology in the unit plan to engage high-school students with real-world problem-solving, conceptual development, and critical thinking
Technical Notes: Students were given the MERLOT homepage website and left to explore the categories as their framework emerged.
Text of Learning Exercise:
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