Objectives - Learn how to engage learners in the analysis of pooled data. Learn how to copy and adapt existing CSCS lessons to meet your own curricular needs.
(1.1) Why Analyze Whole-Class Data?
Collaborative web-based document technology provides the opportunity to instantly collect and analyze large sets of data from multiple lab groups and class sections with speed and accuracy. Curricular resources can be developed that employ this emerging technology to create a classroom environment that mirrors the collaborative environment of a professional scientific community. Students gain a better understanding of various aspects of the nature of science when they view their findings in the context of a larger set of data collected by their peers. By engaging in laboratory activities in which they analyze whole-class data using wikis and collaborative web-based documents, students gain an understanding that the scientific enterprise requires collaboration, independent verification, and peer review. In this best-practices session, participants are introduced to a range of collaborative web-based activities in which they collect and analyze data submitted by their colleagues.
To gain a conceptual understanding of the power of collaborative analysis of pooled data, please read the following two articles and watch the video.
IMPORTANT NOTE : When you click on any Video link, you will be taken to a different website. After viewing the website, please click the back button in your browser to return to the course.
- Submit - Complete the Hurricane Activity and submit data using the appropriate links. Analyze the data that has been collected from everyone enrolled in the HPCA mini course. Note: You will need to use the back button or browser history to return to this page following the activity.
(1.2) Sample Collaborative Investigations
(1.3) Resources for Making CSCS Lessons(1.4) Copying & Adapting CSCS Lessons
- Read / Review
- Browse the following CSCS Activities. You will see some of these activities in the videos. You are free to copy and adapt any of the following activities for use in your own classrooms.
- Submit - Submit links to your adapted spreadsheets, documents, drawings, presentations in the form below.