Tech Lab #1 - How to Use OceanWorld Activities - Educators - OceanWorld
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Technology-Lab Station #1:

Teacher Introduction of Unit of Study and Group Discussions (Whole Group)

Description: At this station the teacher initially introduces the unit of study and provides the motivational elements to "hook" the students' interest. Students should been made aware of the types of activities that should take place at this and subsequent stations in an orientation session. Each time the student teams have completed a cycle of the stations, they will convene again as a whole group for questions, concerns, and such before the teacher introduces a new concept or facet of the unit under study. Sparking the student's interest and keeping them "focused on tasks yet to be completed" is an important part of this meeting.

Student Materials: Journals or notebooks, textbooks (if any), and any necessary assignments for this station.

Station Equipment and Materials:

  • Low-tech - chalkboard/chalk or white board/markers
  • Mid-tech - overhead projector and transparencies
  • High-tech - computer with Power Point presentation

Activities: Students learn through discussion. David Bridges, in his book Education, Democracy, and Discussion, explains that researchers have found five ways in which discussion builds understanding of a topic:

  • Pooling information
  • Sharing different perspectives
  • Creating new conjectures
  • Refutation
  • The mutual adjustment of opinions

State Standards: Listed here should be any state standards your state may require you to address at a particular grade level such as the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) document.

National Standards and Benchmarks: Listed here should be standards suggested by the aforementioned documents.

Assessment: Completed assignments or journals/notebooks can serve as one type of assessment. Teacher evaluations of each student's participation in activities at this station can be used to assess the student's growth in the 5 areas mentioned from Bridges' book.