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Fall 2010 Session Newsletter | No. 3
Session Status Overview
In week 4 of the mentored inquiry session, a few of the early starting schools (Wichita North HS, C.H. Yoe HS) are posting conclusions and wrapping up. Others are just coming online -- greetings to Landmark and Trinity classes starting this week. Next Monday, we will welcome Combs HS and Cheyenne photosynthesis and C-Fern teams and more.
Worth a Thousand Words: Students Photo Document Project
It is exciting to see the many new fall participants take to this like ducks to water. Sharing research ideas and project activities in a distance learning environment is greatly enhanced by images.
Oscar Bersoza's three Temple High School teams are posting extensive photos of their research set ups and procedures. "The short giraffes" Temple High School team No. 2 pictured at left also shared helpful brainstorming ideas with their mentor. The impressive experimental set up that "easy lemon squeeze" Temple High School team No. 3 have would be difficult to convey in words. "We're doing this because we have to" Temple High School team No. 1 also capture in images some details that would otherwise be lost. Thanks to all the student teams and their teachers who have been able to take advantage of the power of pictures.
Teacher Tip: Encourage Research Fields for Team Profile on Home Page
Please encourage your student teams to post content in the Research Information block at the top of the Team Research Webpages. Information in the Research Question, Research Prediction, and Experimental Design fields are needed to feature a team on the home page. We enjoy highlighting great projects for our community and web site visitors. Content included in the Research Information also helps others find projects and program evaluation of the kinds of projects students undertake. Many teams leave this area blank, despite having rich dialog with mentors and posting great data. Please encourage students to post their Research Information at the top of their Team Research Webpages, either as they proceed or as summary postings before they compete their project.
Mentor Tip: Pinch-Hitter Help and Resources
Your gentle guidance helps students see the biology underlying their plant experiments and how science works. Typically, shorter and more frequent comments engage student more readily than lengthy infrequent comments. If you realize that you'll be unavailable for a period of time, don't hesitate to ask the project to arrange for a pinch-hitter mentor to talk with your team while you're away.
Video, images, links to student-friendly web sites: there are some fantastic resources being shared with student teams!
Finding Discussion Forums
Teachers and Mentors are invited to use the Teacher-Mentor Discussion Forum to discuss each classroom individually. Teachers, please post information here to familiarize the mentors working with your teams with your student expectations and class plans. Mentors, this is a great place to ask questions about your team in particular or the class in general.
Regular Friday Mentor Musings can be found in the Mentor-to-Mentor Forum.
Updating Your Email Address
Last newsletter we highlighted uploading an image --- students get a real kick out of putting a face/or avatar with a mentor's name.
This time we describe how easy it is to update your email address. When logged in, click the Tab on the top menu bar to to access your customized Teacher or Scientist page. Under the header "Your Info," click on the Update Email link and enter the preferred email to which automatic updates about your team and other project communication will go. You'll find a variety of links to help you manage your PlantingScience experience.
Getting Help or More Information
As usual, we like to close by keeping an open door to communication.
Meet the Schools and Teachers
High Schools investigating Brassica
Middle/Jr. High field-testing pollen/pollination
Middle/Jr. H Schools studying seeds
High Schools investigating seeds
High Schools studying photosynthesis
Middle School field-testing Celery
High School field-testing C-Fern
College studying photosynthesis and celery
Contact the Team
PlantingScience Staff Email:
Jennifer Potratz, Project Coordinator
Rob Brandt, IT and Web Manager
Claire Hemingway, Project Director
PlantingScience is funded by the Botanical Society of America in concert with a National Science Foundation grant (DRL-0733280). We also gratefully acknowledge Monsanto Foundation for supporting curriculum development activities.
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