- A place where students can use math, reading, writing and technology in conducting scientific inquiries
- An arena for communicating research and inviting review from others
- Driving our economical, political, cultural, social, and environmental understanding forward with scientific knowledge and rigor
- Students do the experiment at home.
- They had to document all the headings of the scientific method.
- They had to incorporate data graphically that supported or didn't support their hypothesis.
X Perience Science Issue #4 A Block-Which brand of gum blows the biggest bubble? Which diaper is most absorbent? What affects an ice cubes melting? How does salt affect an eggs buoyancy? Can we improve our video game performance?
X Perience Science Issue #2 A Block-How does the brain respond to funny stories? Which brand of popcorn pops the fastest? Do puppies recognize their owners? Which brand of tape is the best? Which brand of mouse is best for your hand?
X Perience Science Issue #1 F Block-Do people control their right or left hand better? Does an ice cube melt faster in air or water? Does affect your running speed? Does music help you perform better in sports?
Personally, to make publisher documents above was a nightmare. Students could not work on them together, but rather, small groups would have to copy and paste sections from the wiki into the document and then move over and have the next student in their group do the same. What I liked best about it was that it "felt" like a journal with a number of experiments devoted to each issue. I printed some issue to put in our school's periodical section and thought it was a good step forward in creating reasons for good writing. Logistically, it was hard to manage and occupied too much of my time. This gave way to:
Student Blogs Logistically, blogs were so much easier to mange. When we went to a 1:1 laptop program in the middle school with students having blogs by sixth grade, it was a logical platform on which to move this project. With Diigo, "comments" and other 2.0 tools, students could interact with each others work just as, or even easier than printing out copies for everyone. Some examples of X Perience science questions on wordpress blogs:
What kind of lock is the strongest?
Does classical or rock music help you relax more?
Does listening to music affect your game play?
Interested in Being a Collaborator? Initially, I managed this project internally at our school wherein I would partner up students with other students in different classrooms. Although easy to mange, this project really got interesting when I invited other schools to participate. We managed our discussions through the X Perience Science Wiki which all participants were given access. If you are interested in this project, you should have an interest in:
- Having your students share their work with others.
- Allowing your students critique the work of others.