Completing our second major unit on Evolution, students' work was well thought-out and the quality has definitely improved. A number of students chose to use Google Drive, working from Windows desktops, laptops, and tablets. Sharing their work made instant feedback a reality, and I've used comments in ways to suggest improvements & strategies to communicate their arguments more effectively, and also to focus on grammatical areas. I proposed several ideas for the evolution unit, including a project called Monkey Business, based on the Scopes Trial. Using iRubric, I created a scoring guide to use with the project and also shared with other teachers online.
Teaching in a flipped classroom, I've discovered that there is time not only to interact with students, ensuring they're working on research and their projects, but also time to provide detailed feedback on their work and discuss their progress in class. A second idea pitched to the class was a critical analysis pitting Darwin and Lamarck in a hypothetical debate. In "Battle of Ideas" they go head to head. Finally, I borrowed an idea from an iRubric project a colleague created entitled Simpsons Evolution and adapted it a bit. The response by students has been great so far. They're a bit overwhelmed by the freedom and complexity that creative projects provide. Simultaneously, they're excited by the reports and projects they can create. I've included a few screenshots below.
The podcast you see in the image gallery is a full narrative created by one group enacting the Scopes' Trial. I asked the students if they were interested in sharing their work. With a slight audio change, they said yes. I've included it below :)`
All in all, student work, feedback, and interest remain high.
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.