Tuesday, November 20, 2007

9th Grade Biology Classes in today

One would think that the day before a long holiday weekend, the kids would be bouncing off the walls. Fortunately, teachers had all kinds of exciting stuff planned for our students ;) 9th Grade Bio was investigating factors that influence photosynthesis through a virtual laboratory. (whew! that's a mouthful).

My newspaper students were doing online courses through the Poynter Institute on their NewsU website. They were free to choose from all kinds of journalism topics, hopefully something that reflects their own interests. It seems to go over pretty well. The site is well designed, contains challenging content and lets students work at their own pace. The website tracks the time and the pages that were visited in each module by student. This is a great feature for grading purposes.

NewsU site

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