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  • Students are guided through a case study used to introduce the IOU inquiry process (making Inferences from Observations based on Understanding) used in Problem Based Learning (PBL). Opportunity for formative assessment of...

  • Paper “clickers” are a simple and cost effective way to boost students’ conceptual understanding and improve their metacognitive skills. All you need is a computer, data projector and paper multiple choice answer cards (clickers) for each student, and you can get started! The basic technique is...

  • Technology Focus

    Animated Video

    Description

    PowToon is a technology tool that enables students to create engaging and animated videos using class content.  

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  • Building an Electric Car in SNC1P

    The Focus on Inquiry:

    This guided inquiry...

  • Using the AirPlay feature on the iPad/iPod/iPhone you are able to display the screen of the device onto a computer (mirroring).  If it’s a class set or one single device, you can make lessons more interactive by displaying students work on the projector, pass around the device and have the...

  • Review in class is commonly assigned at the end of the unit to allow students to revisit material covered in a unit. Many students can have a challenging time recalling all the topics that were covered in class.

    Providing an opportunity for students...

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    Title: Creating Video Games Using Scratch

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  • As a class we watched a TED Talk by Willie Smits on the deforestation of Boreo for the palm oil industry. The science described in the video can be challenging for grade 10 students, however it engaged them thoroughly in the topic. During the video, students brainstormed questions they had...