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Teaching Science Through Student Construction of a CD-ROM about Antarctic Ecology PROCEEDINGS

, Byrd Polar Research Center--OSU, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Guiding high school students as they built an educational CD-ROM about Long-Term Ecological Research in Antarctica was a sound educational strategy underpinned by experiential education philosophy. The primary goal was to describe the nature of long-term ecological research funded by the National Science Foundation, using images and information gathered by the teacher's visit to "The Ice" for classrooms that lack Internet access. The students' task was to make the science understandable and interesting. Technical difficulties aside, they successfully grappled with the importance and structure of sequences, definitions, and illustrations while considering space, audience, and relevance. Collaboration both enhanced and slowed the process. Final decisions about background music/white noise and additional video clips remain. The content has been posted to the Internet for review by the researchers. A companion CD with teacher tools and real datasets is being developed.

Citation

Carol, C.L. (2006). Teaching Science Through Student Construction of a CD-ROM about Antarctic Ecology. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (pp. 3971-3973). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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