Sanford debrief

Had a great conversation with Diana, Dana, Misty, and Heather following the marathon test in Sanford. Highlights:

* Vital Signs tasks transcend technology. We were thrilled to hear Diana say that the data entry and visualization tasks were more interesting to her students than the technology. She was pleased to see students focused on VS rather than on using their new iBooks, and that they only asked for help a few times.

Splash goes the weasel

Five energized Sanford boys gave the weed weasel a toss into Number Two Pond. The weasel single-handedly (forkedly?) changed the boys' data collection experience.

They were immediately engaged by the active sampling, the hidden promise of unknown depths, and the challenge of throwing something as far as you can and making a splash.

They schemed together about technique:
"If you throw it like this, I bet..."
"We need to reel it in wicked slow so we can get the most weeds..."

There was healthy competition:
"Oh I can throw it farther than that..."

One, Two, ...

Diana Allen and her Sanford seventh graders were are working with us this week to test the data collection-entry-viewing process the whole way through. Yesterday - a crispy and bright fall day - we observed data collection (paper) at Number One Pond, and let the weed weasel fly at Number Two Pond.

Database welcomes student data

We loaded 20 iBooks with Adobe AIR and the prototype data entry form, and carted them to Falmouth Middle School for an afternoon of testing.

UK and Sarah K find common ground

Go ahead.
I dare you.
Next time you see Sarah K, say "KNOTWEED!"
Brace yourself for the response.

All systems go

Data entry form. Check!

Database. Check!!

Data visualization. Check!!!


Just took a look at a completed class set of datasheets.

Was struck by how closely the students’ site descriptions and captions mirror the examples given on the datasheet.

Beware the invasive pig bird bug

Some fine Canadian humor:

Please pass the disconnect

Chatted with Sue Richman this PM. Sue is a HS Biology teacher in South Portland who was one of our AIM teachers. I joined her students last fall as they learned about invasive species via evolution. Interesting approach. A conversation for another day.


If you hear us yelling that through the hallways, it means that our proposal to NOAA's Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-Wet) Program to create a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) in Maine was funded!

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