After being part of the Global Teenager Project this semester I was able to meet with others in the project face to face and also the director of Mr Bob Hofman who flew all the way from the Netherlands (http://www.globalteenager.org/)
With the amount of technology we use and possibility of having virtual meetings it was nice to have a face to face meeting with the group. Garfield Gini-Newman was also present discussing the importance of critical thinking and best practices in embedding them into the classroom. The other teachers involved in the project discussed how they used the project to connect.
I really enjoyed the project as students worked on Environmental Sustainability as the main topic. Students collaborated on their own wiki and we posted collectively on the global teenager project wiki (https://gtpenvironmentalsustainabilityfeb2012.pbworks.com/w/page/50830328/FrontPage). We talked to schools from around the world by submitting critical questions and answering. We learned from a global perspective how out activity affects other places in the world. A big development was that we connected counties thousands of kilometers away to work on a common goal. We used Skype to talk to talk to one of the schools in Kenya where we further discussed environmental sustainability.
Details of the meeting below.
Present at the workshop
Helen Raso – Bishop Strachan School
Stephanie Ratti – Redstone
Brandon Zoras – Cedarbrae C.I., TDSB
Amy Scarpone and Sabrina Asti – Bruce Trail
Grant Davidson – ICT Consultant Haltton School Board
Garfield Gini-Newman – OISE
Anita Townsend – GTP Country Coordinator Canada
Bob Hofman – Executive Director GTP
Learning Virtually with Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) Partnership between University of Toronto and TDSB.
Today our class had a virtual researcher in our grade 11 Chemistry class. Dr. Sanchita Bandyopadhyay-Ghosh joined us from the University of Toronto to talk about Green Chemistry. She is from Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing University of Toronto and works with biodegradable composites, cellulose nanofibres , biopolyol and biofoam.
Her lecture was informative discussed the major links chemistry has to industry and the environment. She graciously shared her work in the field and discussed the next steps. She challenged to students to enter into science fields to fix the problems we have and make a sustainable future. She shared her passion for the environment and told the students how she got involved and why she keeps on working in this field.
“2050 ‘biological capacity’ equal to two planet earths would be required to keep up with humanity’s resource demands and waste production.”
VROC has proven to be an excellent tool for the classroom. We were able to link chemistry to a researcher in the field and look at the environmental impact.
Thank you Carol from VROC and Dr Sanchita Bandyopadhyay-Ghosh for participating in an enriching learning experience on Green Chemistry with the Toronto District School Board.
What a great way to close the celebrations of African History month. Although it should not be a closing point but an opening point that has opened the eyes and minds of students and teachers across the country. My regular lesson was planned for the day on the atom and when I saw the museum being set up in the front lobby of our school I changed the plan and had all my classes take a 20 minute visit. The objective was to find 2 inventors/scientists, what their contribution was and most importantly how has this shaped current products on a science, social, environmental or technological level. The students got to see many scientists and inventors and without their contributions, many modern day products would not be the same or even exist. Many of my students of African heritage described the exhibit as motivating and they felt proud. Students of non-African heritage were intrigued at the range of contributions of products and technologies that they use each day and got to learn more about the history and the inventors. This was an amazing example of connecting STSE education and the science course.
I first saw this museum when Signs of Science brought Dr. Ben Carson up from the United States to present in Etobicoke and thought it would be a great thing for all students to see. They also have a section on African Americans contribution to space journey. Students were able to see that many people like themselves are able to contribute to and invent great things. I hope to see this push in the classroom for the rest of the semester and not limited to the month of February.
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