Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Using StopMotion Video to Explore Protein Synthesis (Day 2 of 3) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Preparing for Tomorrow's Film Share


Technology is a wonderful tool...but especially in a school setting using school equipment, it is not always the most reliable one for students and that can be especially off putting or stressful for them, especially in the middle of big project involving difficult content and a looming deadline.

I have found that I can do a lot to ease the stress and panic of the inevitable computer issues that will come up such as:

  • Projects that didn't save properly on school devices so that data is lost
  • Incompatible school/home program mismatches where work won't open on school computers
  • Groups that can't agree upon times to meet outside of class sessions at school or at home

My goal in all of these situations is to remain calm as students describe their emergency to me.  Because we do the bulk of the planning and completion of the project during class, it is easy for me to reassure them that I understand that they care about producing quality work and that we can extend any deadline if needed. 

My next step is to ask students what they need.  Typically, they will have an answer ready and it is usually more time and I always give it.

For sharing and compatibility issues, this year we began using Google apps for education and that has cleared away many of the problems that this would bring up.  Students all their own account, can share items with me to view away from school computers at home if I need to use a different version of a program, and because they can share with some evidence of their work in progress, they are less stressed that they will be in trouble for a late project, a fear they express even after I have told them they have my permission and blessing to take additional time.

Although the students may feel the pressure and urgency of time, I can take that down with my measured responses.  Because we have switched to a classroom model where process work is valued and a part of our class sessions rather than something hidden away at home, it is very easy for me to feel that I have an accurate sense of where each student group is with their work and understanding, even if on the off chance a project draft is actually deleted or lost on a school device.  


  Navigating Technology Glitches or Tragedies
  Adjustments to Practice: Navigating Technology Glitches or Tragedies
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Using StopMotion Video to Explore Protein Synthesis (Day 2 of 3)

Unit 7: Unit 7: DNA & Protein Synthesis
Lesson 21 of 22

Objective: SWBAT explain the three phases of protein synthesis (transcription, RNA processing, and translation) and protein processing by creating videos to describe the process.

Big Idea: Keep your kids engaged in learning the complex process of protein synthesis using this StopMotion video creation activity!

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