Heyyyyy Level 3, Heyyyyy Level 3…. What’s Up With Level 2!?

10/6

We started class on Monday with a conversation initiated by our very own Cebby. Ceb wanted to have a conversation about how we are all feeling at this point in the semester. It was nice talking as a group and sharing all of our thoughts and ideas. The room was full of such support that night which is always a great feeling.

We moved on to a discussion about the readings for the week. April tried out a new piece of technology to take notes while we were discussing… if I am remembering correctly it was called an Elmo. We talked about the important aspects of “Cognitively Demanding Tasks”. Some of the ideas we came up with were the following: relevant to students’ lives, appropriate level of challenge and scaffolding, goals for the task must be realistic and can start small and grow to larger goals, have and the tasks must be robust while keeping in mind how to improve this factor all the time.

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After the discussion of the readings we moved on to my video critique. I presented a video of my STARS team doing an icebreaker. This was the most fun I had seen my team have up until that point in STARS. It was also the most collaboration I saw amongst the STARS. We discussed how we can bring the collaboration and individual problem solving strategies demonstrated in the video into a scientific investigation.

We moved on to the introduction of the STARS project by April. For next week we should all have some ideas that we will be able to discuss with the class. Ideally we should have something written down that can be passed around the room but it is mostly a sharing of initial ideas about the project. If you forget the different sections, just look on blackboard at the slideshow at the awesome hashtag page.

The last part of class was dedicated to level one, two, and three responses. We were each given a glass of ice water and asked to draw a diagram and write a description. After doing this, Jessica, Ryan, Alanna, and Ceb put their diagrams and descriptions under the Elmo so we could talk about them and see the differences in their responses. It was interesting to see the different approaches everyone had made to depict the cup of ice water. We then made our way around the room to look at several examples of the same assignment and rate them as level one, two, or three responses and provide evidence for the rating. I think we all learned that Ryan is the harshest grader out of our cohort. Also… I just want you all to know that I can’t type level one, two, and three without thinking of Harambee when they all chant “Heyyyy level three, heyyyyy level three”.

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For next week, remember to bring in your ideas and some physical piece of work about the STARS project to share with the class. Theoretical framework is due by Sunday. Eric is our video person for Monday and he will provide snack =)

I leave you with a festive picture coming from my apartment:

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“An Outstanding Technology Fair”

Well guys, Summer B is officially in full swing. One project down, many more to go!

We began class on Monday with a few housekeeping notes:

We are going to continue to observe Ramadan; therefore no snack list will be necessary for this class. We all have exchanged contact information already but Michael and Andrea need to be in this loop! Make sure you all put your phone number into the notes app on the iPad. Tiarra and I have already done that, so you can just add to that note! For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity this summer to participate in a mini camp that is centered on technology. The camp will be from August 11th-14th and I think from 9:30-2:30. The camp is in Wayne County so you would need a car! If any of you are interested just contact Michael for more information.

In discussing the online class we took part in last week, Michael and Andrea were “thrilled” with our work on blackboard. So, great job guys!! We had a brief whole class discussion about our experience and opinions on the online class. I thought that the time frame provided was nice and easy to work with. Eric agreed and added that it gave him a longer time to reflect and think deeply about what he wanted to post. Alanna thought it was nice to talk about personal experiences on a private online space. She also finds it helpful to read in her own environment, which the online class allowed. Jess noted that it was nice how everyone’s post received a reply, which is not common in other classes that use the discussion board forum.

There were also some negative opinions on the online class. Jess found it difficult to frame an actual discussion and missed this aspect of the real, in class setting. Ryan and Ceb found it difficult because everyone had a personal thread which made the discussion feel quite separated. Ryan also noted that it would be nice to have an edit feature for your own post. Michael thinks this may have been a default in blackboard, which can hopefully be switched. In receiving notifications of us posting, Michael would have liked the notifications to have the actual post in the email. He felt that he would have been more connected to our discussion if he could have read our posts as they were being uploaded.

After our debriefing session about the online class, we moved into our mini professional learning presentations. As you all noticed, I was very excited that Ryan and I were able to present first =)

Ryan and I presented a mini professional learning session on probeware. We definitely went over on time, which was a slight issue, but we were glad everyone was able to link the iPad to the DataHub and ask any other questions about the probes. I know Alanna said she wants to try the Vernier probes because of her interest in turbidity; I’ll be really interested to see if the measurements work better with the Vernier probeware!
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Alanna and Eric were up next to present. Their professional learning session was on the SmartBoard. They showed us some really neat tricks and heavily emphasized the basics (which was really helpful) of the SmartBoard. Props to both of you for an incredibly smooth presentation despite the Smartboard misbehaving!

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Tiarra and Ceb were up next with their professional learning presentation on video integration. We were all given a homework assignment before class to watch a quick video on editing videos on YouTube, which despite some complaints (just kidding about that), was very helpful. We got to work in groups and edit our own YouTube video with pictures from 487… we’ll hear who the winning group was on Wednesday! Tiarra and Ceb noted that it would be cool for the campers to edit a video in a similar fashion with pictures from each camp day.

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The last pair to present was Jessica and Kaitlin; they focused on the iPad. Jess and Kaitlin introduced us to some really cool apps that will be useful for camp. These apps will definitely help to make technology a larger piece of the camp experience. Eric liked the Dragon Dictation app and Ryan thought that the NGSS app will be very helpful in creating our lesson plans for camp.

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Just a few last notes from Monday’s class:

A big thank you to Jo Ann for coming down to watch all of our presentations! We really loved having you in the classroom for that!

Michael and Andrea were really impressed with our mini professional learning presentations. Michael said that we had an, “outstanding technology fair” and that it will be really useful having “mini experts” in each piece of technology.

Also, if you have free time, feel free to poke around on the donor’s choice website… but this is not mandatory at this point in time!

See you guys on Wednesday!

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We are all on a “Spectrum of Right”

6/5 was a Thursday, therefore: Seminar + Class

 
In arriving to class, Jo Ann had something from April to show us; April brought two packages of “Warner Biscuits.” One package was double stuffed, for “Jessica and her friends” and the other package was single stuffed, for “me (Jill) and my friends.” A big thank you to April for accepting our different Oreo identities, and helping us avoid another friendly argument 🙂

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Let’s start with seminar:

Jo Ann provided us all with a syllabus for seminar (that can be accessed on blackboard). After allowing us to poke through the information on blackboard, we asked a few questions here and there. For anyone that wasn’t there or doesn’t remember there are a few things we should be thinking about during the summer:

Before Summer Session B it would in our best interest to have our DKP and Safety Essay complete (link to guidelines and rubric can be found on blackboard). Also, we should plan to take our content exams before November; they have to be done before we start student teaching!

We ended seminar with a Ted Talk that Jeb discussed in his VCEEE for this week. If you want to re-watch, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y9tVf_8fqo

Now with everyone here we had a better than usual transition into class. Our topic of the day was “Untapped Resources” which could have been linked to the readings for class, but it didn’t have to be!

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As we began our “do now” we jotted down our thoughts on a few prompts from the readings. While we were doing this, Mike and Sean, not so slyly, read our work over our shoulders (which I found out is one of Jessica’s biggest pet peeves). This led us into a discussion about the readings which a few of us found difficult which also led to difficulties in constructing our VCEEEs. Jeb seemed to have a good handle on the readings and his VCEEE was very helpful for many of us. Also something from Jeb during discussion which seemed to spark some interest: the concept of having three different identities, which, if I am remembering correctly are virtual, prospective and real world.

After discussion we all checked out the bacteria in the plates from last class. We found 1 colony of e coli in water that Jo Ann took from a neighbor. Side note: The plates smelled a little funky which was not enjoyable.

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We then split up into partners, designated but certification area, to present our ideas for investigable questions. It seemed like in each pair the members had similar ideas, which was helpful in deciding on the actual question to investigate. With help from our fellow cohort members and teachers we all decided on a question and then started planning the investigation.

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We drew a model of the plan on “Warner Paper” and then went on a museum walk to try and figure out the groups’ investigation plan. Jeb and Eric are interested in using liquid fertilizer and how the chemicals in it affect the river. Me (Jill) and Jessica are interested in how water quality changes as the river travels through downtown Rochester. We’re testing multiple aspects but the most exciting (and kind of gross) part will be our work with the water fleas. Alanna and Tiarra are interested in how the changes in the turbidity of the river are affected by the area around the river. Alanna plans on bringing her pet platypus for the investigation. Kaitlynn and Ryan are interested in testing the water quality in the river (around U of R) at the same time every day. *However, I heard them talking at the end of class so they may have switched their entire idea… which will be exciting to hear about!

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All of this investigation planning has made me excited to hear about every group’s investigation!

Just a reminder: If you are using plating in your investigation, make sure you keep the gel in the freezer or refrigerated!

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