Online Projects, Collaboration Sites, and Publishing Opportunities

Lesson Idea Template

Name: Jennifer Ziegler
Grade Level: 2nd
Content Area: Science
Standards Addressed: S2L1. Students will investigate the life cycles of different living
organisms. c. Investigate the life cycle of a plant by growing a plant from a seed and by recording
changes over a period of time.
Title of Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing Opportunity: iEarn – Daffodils and Tulips
URL of Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing Opportunity:
Describe how you would use the Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing Opportunity in
your classroom: This collaboration project supports the science standard S2L1 and investigates
the life cycle of plant bulbs. Across the world, students plant the same bulbs at the same time and
investigate the differences depending on their location.
What technologies would be required to implement this proposed learning activity in a
classroom? Camera to record changes, computer to keep track of data and to share to the project
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: A wide variety of locations can participate. Differences in the
timeline of the flowers will be charted and categorized (location,
latitude/longitude, weather differences).
b. Student-centered learning and knowledge creation (collecting original data and or
producing original products as a result of engaging in the project): Teacher may
help with the planting, but students will be responsible for collecting data and
recording/reporting data to the project site.
c. Higher-order thinking: Analyzing and Evaluating data based on the bulbs planted.
Creating a chart to hold all the necessary data needed to report back to the project
d. Students publishing their original work to others who will use/care about their
product: Yes, students will publish their findings to the project site so their data
may be compared to the other classes participating in the project.

Bloom’s Level of Critical Thinking Required (check all that apply):
Remembering Understanding Applying Analyzing Evaluating Creating
What Level of Technology Implementation best describes this learning activity and Why? This
project is a LoTi Level 5 because students need to use multiple technology types, including
uploading pictures to the computer. They will use them continuously throughout the project and
are creating their own data set to share with classrooms around the world that are also
participating in the project.
How could you implement this proposed learning experience and still comply with your district’s
Internet Safety and Student Privacy policies? Teachers should obtain parental permission to use

photos and work by the students to upload information to the website. The collaboration site,
iEarn does not post any identifiable information such as name or location on any non-password
protected portion of the site without authorization or written request.