My journey with Intel Teach began in 2001 when I became a Master Teacher. Previously my students collaborated and used Technology to show evidence of learning. Based on the Teach program, I focused on helping students show better evidence of learning. I enjoyed the introduction of Thinking with Technology because deeper thinking is a vital part of science education.
Last year a Twitter friend mentioned his upcoming Seventh Grade Cell Unit. We compared our state science requirements. We designed a collaborative unit. Visual Ranking and a Wiki were our main tools. I taught how to use Visual Ranking for our project. We also used Google Forms, Google Docs, and communication via Skype and Twitter.
Visual Ranking was used to compare how important cell parts were for survival. Students shared knowledge cells using a wiki when the unit was finished. It was impressive seeing students edit wiki content for spelling, grammar, and accuracy.
Both states require students understand osmosis. Our Peeing Egg lab had students explore substances that increase or decrease egg mass. Data was collected on a Google Form. The videos show student lab preparation and successes.
We enjoyed interstate collaboration. Students at both schools worked to learn material more in depth than we observed during previous years. Teachers in other states heard of our project and wanted to become involved.