August - Sept.
November - December
Develop a plan, in conjunction with the secondary school media studies specialists, to teach and train students in current media literacy and research skills. This will include:
- Evaluation of sources for reliability.
- Best practices for using search engines to maximize relevancy of search results.
- Proper citation of sources.
Introduce students to the use of Google Apps through assignments and tasks throughout the semester. This will be implemented in conjunction with our Secondary Digital Coach.
- Students will gain proficiency with:
- Google Docs
- Google Slides
- Google Forms
- Google Sheets
- Video making/editing or screencasting
Students will carry out a scientific investigation of their own planning. This will include the research, planning, execution, and evaluation of a full scientific experiment or research project.
Students will use digital media to create their own interactive “posters”, which they will present to the school community. This could be done in the form of an interactive document or slide show, or a blog/website documenting the investigation. These digital products will be shared with other classrooms globally, so that students can give and receive feedback on their investigations/presentations.
An approximate timeline:
Beginning of October: Investigation topic identified.
End of October: Experimental planning completed. This includes background research, the identification of variables, a method, and list of materials needed.
Mid November: Data collection completed. Time will be given in class for this.
End of November: Rough draft of presentation finished for peer/teacher feedback.
Early December: Posting of final presentations publicly for feedback and viewing.
Student progress will be monitored at all stages by the teacher, media specialists, and secondary digital coach.