Natural science teacher


Title

Virtual visitors in science project

Author

Anne Kallinen-Juopperi

Name of school

Kaakkuri school

Description

Our group has 14 students who are 15 or 16 years old. We study the creative nature of science.

Goals

The aim is to make students aware of the various disciplines to the study and to deepen the topic.

Methods

Beginning of a project teacher gives students the main problem related to the topic. The problem can be different one for every study group. Then students in the group are doing experimental research on the subject. They are also looking for information and by this doing they are trying to solve the problem. We use blog as day book. 

Finally we call the expert online.Virtual visitor tell us about the topic. We try to connect our studies to real life or science. Students can ask the questions from visitor.

 

We have had a variety of topics, such as climate change, paper-making or biochemistry.

Materials

The students are doing the blog article during the project. They record their notes, photos, stages, research results and findings for their blogs. They can also learn about each other’s blogs. In our blogs we use WordPress blogs and visiting are organized by Adobe Connect or Lync access.

It’s quite easy to find interesting visitors from expert network by Economic Information Office. However you have to do some work to find a suitable time for visit.

Visitors are voluntary and they want to tell young people about their topics or professional.

Assessment

ICT

Pupils make a blog creatively and plan their studies independently. Teacher helps if it’s needed and gives some tips. Students have enought time to do their research.

eTwinning

Mobility

Stakeholders

Success

Virtual visits are interesting and they provide information that you can give only an expert. This is learning by doing.

Head-teacher

Our headmaster is encouraged to continue working. In his opinion, this is integrative learning and meaningful for students.

Teachers

Pupils

Students are waiting for visits and wondering about the potential questons. This kind of learning in enjoyable.

Multimedia

Country

Finland

Subject

Cross curricular

Age

14, 15, 16