Project 1: Enviro Search
Due to the lack of information located in the school based on today's ever changing environment, it will be a tremendous help if students could search the Web to obtain information relating to their environment related courses. Also, it will give them a closer connection to what is actually happening out in the world.
Environmental Science 3205
The project also addresses the intended outcomes for technology education at the senior high level. These include:
Students were asked to search the Internet for a particular article on the controversial topic like "The Seal Hunt". The teacher gave detailed instructions in a handout on how to find the particular source. Once the article was found, students were asked to print the 2 page article and read its contents. Then they were asked to complete two independent searches. The task was to find one article which supported the continuation of a seal hunt and another article supporting the band of the seal hunt. Once the three articles were obtained, students were asked to type up a report stating their opinion on the above topic and back up their views using information found in the three articles.
Another search was completed on the question "Am I part of the problem or part of the solution?" (environmentally) Students were asked to carry out an independent search looking for one article that showed a company or group that contributed to the problem of our present environmental state of the earth and another article that showed a company or group that was trying to find solutions to our present environmental problems. Then they were asked to write a report on how they classified themselves as being either part of the solution or part of the problem. Each student was asked to write one action they completed that would be categorized as helpful or harmful to the environment.
One Environmental Class took on this project. They were warned that using the same article as a friend would not be tolerated. Since there are so many resources to choose from and the search was supposed to be carried out independently, this requirement should not have been a problem. Of the 21 students, two people used the same article which was a mere coincidence. A few students that were unfamiliar with the Internet had trouble finding the article needed in the first search. However, once they were coached by the teacher or a classmate, they were able to continue.
Scheduling was a major set back in this project. Students complained about the fact that no class time was given to complete the search. Therefore, this should be addressed, before future projects are established. This would also allow the teacher to give quality instruction and feedback instantaneously.
Overall, I personally think the students benefitted greatly from this project. Familiarizing themselves with this type of access, has been a positive experience for many. Obtaining different opinions on controversial issues has also been an enlightening and important exercise for these students. It was a worthwhile project!