by: Karen Bucci
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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2018Volume 055Issue 06
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This article goes into depth about a 4th grade lesson plan over aquarium ecosystems. The author describes the technology use, the habitat, and the organisms. The article also includes a ha... See More
This article goes into depth about a 4th grade lesson plan over aquarium ecosystems. The author describes the technology use, the habitat, and the organisms. The article also includes a hands-on activity the the students could do in class. I found this to be a very beneficial article, because it showed me technology that I could incorporate into my future classroom. Before reading this article I had never heard of the Wi-Viewer app or SmartScope iGo. The teacher used this tool as a digital microscope. This works with an iPad and the students can pass it around and it can be displayed using the projector. The teacher also explains how the students will create their own aquatic ecosystem, it even includes using a living organism, a snail. This is how the teacher tied in the technology, she used the technology as a microscope to look at the snail in the ecosystem that was built. I also liked the teacher included pictures and the safety concerns for this lesson. She also listed the materials that would be needed to replicate the aquarium. One of the things that made this article great was that she had quotes from students who took part in this lesson. This showed how much the students enjoyed the lesson. It also lets the reader see that the students were able to comprehend the material. The article also includes a way to formally assess the students when they reach the end of the lesson. Overall this was a good article and a good lesson. I could definetly see myself incorporating this into my own classroom.
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