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Online Projects, Collaboration Sites, and Publishing Opportunities

Lesson Idea Template
Name: Kayla Sullivan
Grade Level: 1st Grade
Content Area: Science
Standards Addressed: S1L1. Students will investigate the characteristics and
basic needs of plants and animals. b.. Identify the basic needs of an animal. 1. Air
2. Water 3. Food 4. Shelter.
Title of Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing Opportunity: JouneyNorth
URL of Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing Opportunity:
https://www.learner.org/jnorth/
Describe how you would use the Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing
Opportunity in your classroom:
- JourneyNorth is an online project for Elementary school students. Through the project, students will a
role as a scientist and track animal migration and season changes. This online project will be completed
during the science block in class. After they have tracked the migration of several different animals, the
students will report their data to a central online data base. This project will allow the students to share
their data with students from around the world as well as analyze other student’s data. It also provides a
way for students to collaborate with scientists. I would have the students complete this project while
learning about this first grade standard: S1L1. Students will investigate the characteristics and basic
needs of plants and animals. b.. Identify the basic needs of an animal. 1. Air 2. Water 3. Food 4. Shelter.
The needs of animals includes migration because many animals could not survive the winter of the place
they live in during the summer. The Bloom's level that is associated with this project is analysis. The
students will be analyzing the migration pattern of certain animals and providing data.

What technologies would be required to implement this proposed learning activity
in a classroom?
- A laptop or a computer
Describe how the following features are addressed in this learning experience
(note: all of them may not be addressed in the project, but most should be if you
are reaching a high LoTi Level.):
a. Collaboration with peers, near-peers, mentors outside their classroom
and often beyond their school: This learning experience would include
mentors outside their classroom. JourneyNorth provides ways for
students to collaborate with scientists. This project also allows
students to share their data with other students and read other
students shared data from around the world.
b. Student-centered learning and knowledge creation (collecting original
data and or producing original products as a result of engaging in the
project): The students will be working to collect data on different
animal migrations. This will allow the students to learn about the
migration patterns of these specific types of animals. This data will
not be original because the data of animal migration has been
collected before.
c. Higher-order thinking: This project is on level 5 of the Bloom’s
Taxonomy Levels.
d. Students publishing their original work to others who will use/care
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about their product: This project allows the students to collect data on
different animal migrations and share their data with students around
the world.
Bloom’s Level of Critical Thinking Required (check all that apply):
See http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?title=Bloom%27s_Taxonomy
Remembering
Understanding
Applying
Analyzing
Evaluating
Creating
What Level of Technology Implementation best describes this learning activity and
Why? The LoTi level for this lesson is level 5: expansion because the students are expanding their
knowledge by using the online project. The teacher is also actively eliciting technology applications
from business enterprises, government agencies, research institutions, and universities to expand
student’s experiences.
How could you implement this proposed learning experience and still comply with
your district’s Internet Safety and Student Privacy policies?
- I would inform the parents and the students on the internet safety rules. I
would inform parents and administrators about what we are going to be
doing in the classroom and how it will support the students' learning. I
would also inform administrators and parents about how I am going to
protect students’ privacy and safety. As a teacher I would make sure that
the students do not talk to anyone online without teacher moderation. Most
schools allow students to use first name and last initial online, but teachers
are encouraged to allow their students to use pseudonyms online but only
as long as the teacher knows who is speaking at all times.

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