EDU 487- Jun 09, 2015 “Everyone is hot’’
Topic of today… “Temperature check”
Each team felt “hot” (followed our plan and have collected data) about our investigation.
Instructors thought we did very awesome jobs in our investigation.
Each team presented what we did in our investigation by only using graphics without any word.
In Dan, Ian, and Xiaoyu’s team, they tested the number of bacterium in 6 spots along Charlotte beach and across the pier. In Daniel, Sharon, and Tingyu’s team, they test the water situation and record Meta data on Durand beach and Charlotte, each beach test 5 spots. They data they collected include the number of people, temperature in the air and water, pH in the water, number of E.coli, and concentrations of certain ions.
In the factors map work section, we started with some ideas about model.
Daniel said models need be revised, Sharon said there were multiple models for each phenomenon, Ian said each model had their inherent limitation, and models are tools, rather than data, Dan said models are made by people, so they can be flawed, Ella said model could generate to identity.
Models could be maps, equations, pictures, 3-D, concept map, video, human model, physical models, cartoon, etc.
Next, to help us know what factor map was, and how to make a factor map, the instructors let us analysis a factor map together. When looking at a factor map, we should identify the objects and factors. Objects were represented by picture or image, and factors are listed as words, which are measurable aspects of the objects. Through the arrow of the factor map, we should be able to identify the relationship among factors and objects. Then made a prediction according to the factor map, and conducted an investigable question.
After we got some basic knowledge about Factor map, we wrote our own factor map in group pf two by using the reading material of Everglades. After each group finished the factor map, we gathered to a table and then shared our factor map with other groups.
When came to the “reading discussion” part, each students had great conversations with others.
Daniel said he liked Knobel & Lankshear’s article “a new literacies sampler”, he valued what they talked about in the reading. Ian agreed with Daniel, and also valued what the reading talked about Web 2.0. Sharon shared without focus on text, how could you understand the excellent of others’ articles, and then apply the knowledge? Dan said teachers and students could explore where words come from. Ella said language is a tool for accessing to knowledge.
Next each group shared our data collection status, and then worked on the Factor Map of our investigations. After each group finished them, we switched our positions and let other group guess the objects, factors, prediction, and investigable question. During the guess and discussion section, each group got some ideas to “steal”, and some useful feedbacks. To help us learn some great ideas about prior Inquiry Map, the instructors asked us to go to the wall outside April’s office, and then we viewed lots of awesome Inquiry Maps.