Learning The Scientific Method and using technology
This is a goal-directed instructional design plan which focuses on learning the steps of The Scientific Method. The lesson also includes a presentation using PowerPoint or free Internet technology tools such as Prezi or Google Docs.
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Rob Durecka (Administrator)
I found this lesson to be an outstanding example of helping students to think critically while teaching a core concept critical to all science instruction. By allowing students to choose a problem/issue to investigate using the scientific method, the author took great strides to increase student enagement. Student engagement according to research is critical for student success.
I found the pedagogy supported the lesson by providing appropriate scaffolding. Teacher lead lecture/discussion moving eventually to group activities that encouraged creativity made for a comfortable and social environment which speaks to the social and emotional aspects of learning.
If I could offer some suggestions, I would insure the lesson included a few more audio and video supports that could help the more challenged learners to grasp the concept of the lesson. Also, if possible, I would provide some examples of examplar presentations from the past. Or as an extention, after groups present the material using technology, let volunteers carry out their investigation in real time.
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Wouter Laleman (Librarian)
This a great lesson plan that focuses on giving students the opportunity to learn and then apply the rules of the scientific method. Positives are the variety of pedagogies used, from lecture group work and the ability to present at the end.
Student enthusiasm and buy in for the project are encouraged through giving the students choices. Most importantly in the topic they will choose to work on and secondly in the variety of technologies which are made available to use.
The use of a rubric will guide students as they prepare their final product as foreseen in UDL guidelines. I believe that the use of peer helpers when technology issues present themselves is the way to go. It empowers students to be the expert and encourages their confidence.
A possible suggestion for an alternative approach to the presentation would be to have students make their own individual products based on their collaborative research.
The text is a straightforward lesson plan in PDF format.