Example traditional Assignment:
Cell activities - Insert labs
"Wikified assignment"
Cell portfolio - does it draw it all together?

Classification activities

Uses of Discussions

Note check, Vocabulary review, Quiz review, Reading check, Concept review, Lecture check, Outline, Discussion questions, Partner reading, Topic development, Agree/Disagree, Brainstorming, Simulations, Current events opinion, Conceding to the opposition, Summarize, Develop an opinion

Case Studies

Must generate, explore, and answer questions from given case studies. Knowledge is provided on a need to know basis.

Using cases studies and example case studies:
Book: http://www.amazon.com/Studies-Environmental-Science-Larry-Underwood/dp/0030315824

Articles on using case studies:
Case studies in science: http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/teaching/novel.html
Tech ways to handle case studies: Use the discussion feature for asking questions and eliciting responses (you get more involvement through writing than verbal discussions) and have them create a product to show their knowledge.
Individual cases
Interrupted cases - Uncovering a few details of the problem as time goes on and asking for input and information along the way.
Example: respiration and poison - find activity

Guided Inquiry

Examples of guided inquiry science activities: http://csip.cornell.edu/curriculum_resources/default.asp
Students as historians: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/browse/studhist/


Observe, think, and question

Using Inquiry:

Learning to ask questions : know, use, apply

Frame the questions to learn to find answers:

KWHLAQ. what do we know, what do we need to know, how will we find information, what will we learn, how can we apply the information, what new questions do we have
Critically thinking about sources:
what is the source? What evidence supports or refutes the claim? What assumptions exist? Is the language easy to follow? Is there bias?

Think - Pair - Share:

After lecture, an activity, or research and discussion, ask a question. Have students think about their answers. (You can have them write their answers.) Students pair up with another student and share their answers. You can use the discussion tab of the wiki to enter responses, have the students enter the shared responses, and create a discussion based upon the responses. Discuss the answers, misconceptions, additional questions, etc. that surface.


Resources for effective technology use in the classroom:


differentiated instruction
authentic instruction
cooperative learning
project-based learning
Research on PBL: http://www.edutopia.org/node/887