Reflecting on Chute Drop & Transfer
Wrap-up discussions after memorable experiences like design
tasks can be an important time for emphasizing ideas you want
students to learn. In Movie 1, Bridget has a discussion of
the final outdoor parachute drop, while Movie 2 shows Earl
testing students' understanding of controlling variables via
Task where students design and test a paper helicopter.
Be sure to compare these closing activities with Day
6 and Day 7
of the Tech Ed Timeline to hear the discussion and watch the
transfer task from Brooklyn Tech teacher, Ed Goldman.
|Movie 1 Questions:
1. Compare Bridget's follow-up talk with Ed's TE class. What
are strengths of each?
2. How confident do the students seem
of their explanations? What understandings do they show students'
3. Which explanations use science ideas or experimental data?
Which seem to come from craft or everyday knowledge?
Movie 2 Questions:
1. What are some similarities and differences between the paper
parachute and helicopter tasks?
2. Do you think student transferred knowledge or skills from
the parachute to helicopter tasks?
3. What do you notice
about the groups' testing methods (controlling variables; choosing
features to vary; measuring product performance?)