Draft project plan for the #twinmooc

In the 3rd Unit of the “Open eTwinning” MOOC participants are required to devise a draft project plan. Well, what follows is mine 🙂

Title: Making science fun through experiments

Students’ age: 13-15
Language: English
Curriculum topics: Maths, Physics, Chemistry

Short description
In this project students from partner schools will be introduced to several science concepts through simple and easy to do experiments. During the school year, each partner school will perform a number of experiments and will upload photos/videos from the experiments on a collaborative blog along with thought provoking questions regarding the experiments they performed. Students from all partner schools will be encouraged to comment on blog posts and respond to these questions or share their thoughts about the experiments.
The type of the final product will be discussed among partners and it could be a video with photos from all experiments, a booklet with photos and instructions on how to perform the experiments, a poster with the most successful or interesting experiments, and so on.

Goals
The project aims to:

  • Cultivate students’ interest and curiosity in science, support them in building their knowledge about basic science concepts, and make them active agents of their learning.
  • Develop students’ creativity and critical thinking.
  • Engage students into using digital tools for learning and communicating and help them acquire experience in blogging.
  • Sustain an online community of learners who meet, exchange experiences, and interact online.
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Associate teacher at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching at the University of Nottingham

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8 comments on “Draft project plan for the #twinmooc
  1. Well Done ! Science need to be taught and learnt in this way. I teach young children …otherwise would like to join.

  2. angelntini says:

    Thanks for your reply Emanuela 🙂 What subjects do you teach? How old your students are?

  3. Kate says:

    It is nice to see the combination of science for older children with a collaborative etwinning project.

  4. Athanasia Zafeiropoulou says:

    Angelos, scientific projects are so rare in eTwinning! So a very welcome idea but creating collaborative activities instead of working in parallel is the tricky point here. Since this is solved it will be an excellent work. My suggestion is creating a worksheet for each experiment with some theory, then a discussion part about the possible expected results and explanations on these and then the experiment that shows which predictions were right.

  5. angelntini says:

    Thanks for your feedback, Athanasia 🙂 Well, yes, I have noticed that problem myself when writing the draft, but I preferred not to make the plan more complex at this point. Working in parallel is indeed an inferior type of collaborative work, but, fair to say, easier to accomplish especially during the first months when partner schools have not yet build mutual confidence and trust. However, I must admit that your suggestion is a good and quite easy to accomplish idea to engage students in discussions both before and after the experiments. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience 🙂

  6. Estitxu says:

    I like your proposal. Ir sounds like a huge international Laboratory. A nice way to exchange hypothesis and conclusions using a foreign language.
    What kind of apps will You use??
    Have You thought of including subjects like Geology? An interesting way to discover the variety of landforms And Rocks in the different regions of Europe. In my región there is a relief called Flysch that is really impressive.

  7. angelntini says:

    Thanks for your feedback Estitxu 🙂 Besides the collaborative blog, any web 2.0 tool can be used in the project. It largely depends on what partners know and can use. To be honest I didn’t think of including geology experiments, mostly because I have limited knowledge in this subject. But, it could be a good area of research. Thanks for your suggestion!

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