Problem: The most difficult science topics I teach are those that happen on a very large or small scale or very fast or slow rate, or that are too dangerous or difficult to investigate in my classroom. Weather is a great example. We make barometers, anemometers, & other weather instruments, and use them and store-bought equipment to measure atmospheric conditions. But these aren't the most precise instruments, and a few weeks' of weather data won't always reveal much about weather as a system.
Abstract: Why not create a game to mash-up classroom & computer, allowing students to explore weather systems using real data, hands-on experiments, & simulations, within an exciting narrative context? Welcome to the Global Weather Protection Agency...
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Problem: Many special education students I teach struggle with reading because they have language based disabilities. A combination of factors cause them to disengage and give up when they struggle with reading. Their struggles are further amplified by consistent low test scores that attempt to show reading achievement, but often neglect to show reading improvement. As a result, struggling readers end up discouraged.
Abstract: Using iPads to create digital portfolios allows students a platform to creatively demonstrate their learning through performance assessments, while giving teachers a tool to uniquely track student student growth and progress of IEP goals.
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