When business and education meet to create a community of students-explorers
Friday, July 1 11:15-11:35 AM
This paper presentation showcases the distributed learning community of students-explorers known as "PlanetMicro.net". Supported by a grant from the US National Science Foundation, this students learning community was jointly developed by the maker of the one of the world’s most popular children’s digital microscope, Digital Blue Inc. in collaboration with the Concord Consortium, a leading education non-profit R&D firm. United with join tools and methodologies (every two students shared one digital microscope donated by the makers), following a uniform curriculum and using the same database, middle school students from the US, Canada and Russia were collaborating on investigative topics related to their Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science courses. They collected data and microscopic images and posted them on the Project’s database. Students exchanged emails and discussed their findings online. Presentation describes the design challenges and the results of the first year of the project, that recently received new funding from the US National Science Foundation.