Has it been five months already? Time sure flies. It's not just an idiom. In the last few units, our students studied Mollusks, Arthropods, and now turn their attention and research to the Chordate classes.
A truly great recent project saw a student use Minecraft to create a virtual model of a squid. Even better, he provided a screencast tour of his work, improved small imperfections on the fly, with a full run-down on its body systems, and some very interesting factoids. We've included the link here. It's well worth a watch.
Now we're down to the last days of the course. This time around, students are challenged to create projects as dioramas or a Go Diego Go style scrapbook. If you've ever watched Dora the Explorer with your kids, you probably watched the Diego series, which inspired our scrapbook project idea :)
All this research and project work leads to DissectaMania next week - two days of lab research into fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Our specima include perch, frogs, turtles, pigeons, and rats. The driving question of the dissection series is - "How have body systems evolved and increased in complexity to meet the needs of larger organisms?" A tour of the body systems and internal organs tells the story.
So, as eCampus heads into the final stretch, it is with great pride that I'll include our final projects in posts to come, knowing it's the beginning of reflection and improvement for the next derby.
Welcome to the eCampusLive blog. I'm Jerry Bleecker. I teach Biology, Science, Information Technology, Computer Arts, and more. It's an exciting year to share our experiences with our flipped classroom endeavour.