For Chapter 19, Bacteria and Viruses, students were invited to create reports on bacteria and viruses. As a twist, a medical challenge was included, entitled "Outbreak." In the challenge, students assumed the role of Dr. Awesome and were faced with a serious outbreak of a mysterious illness. As Dr. Awesome, the challenge was to evaluate the symptoms, identify the pathogen responsible, and suggest a course of treatment for the patient. Several groups took up the Outbreak scenario, while others favoured the more general report format.
Students authored their reports in several formats including Google Drive documents, Prezis, paper posters, Word documents, and interestingly the eMaze format. Google documents are quite popular because once shared, feedback on work is instant when the teacher grades and creates changes and/or comments to the document. My students know that any purple text and strikethroughs are my signature changes. Coupled with comments, it's a tremendous way to interact and provide detailed, meaningful feedback. While a few paper reports still make their way to my inbox, the advantages of Google documents are telling - saving is automatic, students can restore previous versions of files, and organization & sharing are a snap.
The Online Rubric for what we call Idea Central are here. Scroll down to Chapter 19.
But, enough about formats, here are a few examples of the great student work this time around :)
1) Prezi - the spinning, zooming slideshow format --> Bacteria Report
2) eMaze - hosting Dr. Awesome's Patient Diagnosis
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.