Here are some very initial thoughts on what it might look like:
-Worldly problems dealing with science and humanity--asking students to come up with innovations to deal with problems and issues of their choice.
-Yearlong project starting in late September and most likely ending in May.
-Virtual collaboration between students across the world...no limit on grade level. I really think it would be interesting to have elementary/middle/high school students all working with each other in some way or another.
-Google Hangout/FaceTime/Skype sessions between students on their chosen issues and/or e-mentors.
-Peer editing done by students at other schools via Google Drive.
-Possible final panel presentations monitored by students, teachers, and science professionals. Maybe all done using Google Hangout and scoring via Google forms.
I think it might also be interesting to have them make 2 min. proposal videos after they've done some form of literature review and have a virtual dialog about the initial project.
Here's where you come in:
I am looking for teachers and students in schools across the globe (any grade level) to participate in this collaborative project with my students. Yes, I could have them participate in a Google Science Fair or Siemans Challenge, but I'd really like to start by connecting with other schools and students on a smaller scale.
I'd like to do collaborative work with participating teachers to come up with a project format, rubric, final assessment, etc. If we get enough schools to participate we may even be able to break into smaller cohorts.
About my classroom:
I am excited to embark on this adventure with motivated, inspiring teachers looking for something different to engage their students/themselves in.
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