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Online Projects, Collaboration Sites, and Publishing Opportunities

Lesson Idea Template

Name: Mercedes Sasser


Grade Level: 2nd Grade
Content Area: Science
Standards Addressed: S2L1: Students will investigate the life cycles of different living
organisms.
Title of Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing Opportunity: Bugscope
URL of Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing Opportunity:
http://bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/
Describe how you would use the Online Project/Collaboration Site/Publishing Opportunity in
your classroom: I would have the students find bugs they want to look at with an electron
microscope. I would have the students find the bugs weeks in advance because I have to send
them into this organization. The organization will prepare the bugs for insertion into the
electron microscope and set it up for our class. This organization is interactive to the scanning
electron microscope where any students can explore the world of insects. The students become
microscopists and is very engaged within this science website.
What technologies would be required to implement this proposed learning activity in a
classroom? An IWB is needed along with a projector or individual computers for the students.
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: Teachers can choose to login from a single machine,
connected to a projector, or allow students to login individually or in groups on
their own computers. The live interface allows all participants to see the latest
images coming from the microscope, ask questions via the built-in chat, and have
the opportunity to control the microscope.
b. Student-centered learning and knowledge creation (collecting original data and or
producing original products as a result of engaging in the project): Students give
the teachers the bugs and they send in insect specimens their classrooms collect to
be viewed during their live session. Teachers are encouraged to use their live
session time to focus on exploring the samples and asking questions, opting to
review and discuss the images "offline" afterword as the complete transcript and
images are archived.
c. Higher-order thinking: Review the archived transcripts to present a project on the
life cycles of the bugs chosen by the students. The students will conduct research
based on the transcripts about where the bug is from and how long they live, daily
life, etc.
d. Students publishing their original work to others who will use/care about their
product: All of the chat lines from the live session and images from a live
connection are archived on the Bugscope website in a "members page"
automatically created for each session. Not only do these provide a great way for
classrooms to reflect on their session, but they can also be shared with parents or
other classes unable to participate.

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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?
This is a level 3 because I will be the one who accesses it more than the students however the
students will use the microscope from my account to look at the bug through the microscope. The
students will use this from the IWB and do their work on worksheets. The reason this is a level 3
is because the students aren’t interacting with the Internet as much but I am demonstrating more
than they are doing.
How could you implement this proposed learning experience and still comply with your district’s
Internet Safety and Student Privacy policies?
I will have a signature form that goes out with the students explaining this project. I will have the
students give me the bug and I will be the one who sends in all information for this interactive
activity. The students will give no information and we will use my log in to access the electron
microscope.