Reflection: Accountability What is Citizen Science? Deep Dive (2 of 2) - Section 1: How is citizen science an essential life skill?


This is the first exposure to online discussion forums that my students have had.  As such, my primary concern in this activity is technical competency. Can the student write and submit a post? 

My second concern is with student content. As is apparent from the attached resource, the first student is superficial and the second student creates a more robust response. Students understand that written responses should always take the form of "claim plus evidence." This is a key Common Core emphasis and an expectation in all 11th grade classes. Clearly, students are not close to meet this expectations.

In this lesson I also have made the decision to hold students accountable for proficiency with technology. For me, too much initial feedback would have been overwhelming to many of the students that I teach. The technology is challenging enough; adding another layer would have created enormous anxiety. I have seen this happen countless times in classes that attempt to introduce a new technology.  

As the year unfolds, these types of discussions will be asses for depth of thought and chosen evidence. For now, I am comfortable with participation, as it indicates proficiency with technology. In some cases I will have a private discussion with students that already have proficiency with technology and have demonstrated the ability to create a claim with evidence. These students will be held accountable to both the technology and writing standards.

  Accountability: The right level of feedback
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What is Citizen Science? Deep Dive (2 of 2)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) articulate the connection between citizen science skills and future careers; 2) participate in an online discussion about citizen science; 3) explain and evaluate Earthwatch citizen science projects; and 4) present an informational summary to the class using technology

Big Idea: Design thinkers can use scientific knowledge as a powerful force of positive change in the world. How might citizens engage with scientific research to help develop solutions to real-world problems?

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Science, Statistics, field work, Community Mapping, engineering design thinking
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