Student Photoblogs Illustrating Real-world Application of Math and Science
Abstract: In this study, high school students used Web 2.0 technologies to create a class photoblog for units in Geometry and Environmental Science courses. Web 2.0 technologies can be used to differentiate instruction and enhance learning by encouraging higher order thinking skills and capturing student interest. Students use mobile phones to upload digital images to class photoblogs thus making the images accessible to the entire class. As a homework assignment, students were required to capture images that illustrate math and science concepts outside of school. We collected qualitative and quantitative data about the effectiveness and feasibility of the lesson through teacher observations and analyses of student participation. We found that both Geometry and Environmental Science students were engaged and were able to apply classroom concepts to new scenarios but that, as with any new form of assignment, working a photoblog into your curriculum takes an initial investment in time and practice to be most effective.