Today our 5th graders participated in 5 centers throughout the school to learn about cells. This was another example of transliteracy in action. Across the centers students:
- heard a guest speaker talk about the USDA and tracking outbreaks of food sickness
- looked at projected images of cells underneath a microscope
- entered the Starlab to actually sit inside a cell that was projected on the planetarium ceiling
- used a Sqworl pathfinder and iPad apps to interact with cells in multiple ways from games to videos to ebooks to interactive tours of the cell
In the media center, we hosted 2 of the rotations. Once again, I was excited to see that the design of the space supported multiple things going on at once. The Starlab was inflated where our tables are usually located. This massive planetarium did not block a single shelf from being accessible to students who were coming to checkout. The tables were moved to the other projection area so that students could use iPads and computers for the pathfinder and app center.
I started the students in the floor to intro the apps and pathfinder. They grabbed the device they needed and then found the best space that worked for their learning. On the pathfinder, the students most enjoyed the Capstone Interactive ebooks, Vampires and Cells and The Basics of Cell Life.
They also enjoyed the University of Utah’s Inside a Cell, which allowed them to zoom into different parts of a cell and read additional information about that part.