Griffin Science: Exam Study Guide: Participation Due Friday:
Exam Study Guide:
Sam Harrelson uses social media and online tools quite a bit with his
8th grade students. He has a class blog, which is getting to be common
enough nowadays. He lets the kids comment on it, though, which is
nice, and they do seem to be chatting there. Podcasts, too! But I was
surprised to notice a Facebook page for the class, a comment and link
posting ‘Wall’ with lots of Youtube videos, a Twitter stream … even
a Pandora stream listing songs listened to. I wonder what that’s
about? Is it songs they play in class, or just background noice to
make him seem more human and approachable, or is he hoping to subtly
shape appropriate music choices among the students?
There is so much interaction on the various class ‘locations’ that is
is obvious the students are fully engaged. The kids are posting videos
and science games and saying, “Mr. H, you gotta play this” to which
the teacher is replying, “Haha, good one!” with obvious mutual regard
and respect and enjoyment.
Yesterday I noticed a tweet from Sam the night before. He had posted
the students’ exam study guide as a Google Doc on December 2nd. He
was asking them to build their own study guide before taking the test
Friday, and giving them credit for their work there. By the time he
was going to bed that night the students had made 876 edits!!!!!
Pretty amazing, and the quality of the work was excellent. Here is the
scenario he posed them.
EXAM STUDY GUIDE, FALL/WINTER ’09
” * Describe a robot you would construct for a specific purpose in
colonizing a new planet. Include the elements that make up the robot’s
parts, its purpose and what powers it has. State why you chose each of
these. Be specific. Include a sketch if you wish.
* Describe a possible journey through a black hole. You are alone
except for the DVD of your choice. Include where you start, where you
arrive, and what changes(if any) your body and the DVD go through on