Video to re-contextualize experimentation

 core aspect of MIRACLE is the arrangement for hands-on activities, both in the classroom and in the science center. During hands-on activities, the students are encouraged to experiment under minimal guidance and then film their experimentation with tentative explanations for the phenomena they observe. Preliminary findings during the project’s development showed that filming experimentations structures the students’ way of accounting for the phenomena they observe in ways that can be productive if picked up later during the trajectory. The students can use their iPods to both film and take pictures to upload for later retrieval through SciWork.

Once the students have uploaded their digital products, these become available for the teacher in his/her own interface. The teacher then can examine and select some videos to share them in later summing-up plenary sessions. The teacher uses these videos as occasions to re-formulate the students’ observations into more disciplinary discourses. These sessions are one of our focuses of research to further understand how to foster productive dynamics in the classroom using these kinds of activities and technologies.

Published June 17, 2013 10:19 AM - Last modified June 18, 2013 11:04 AM