DIY Lake Science

[asa_item id="973319218"] DIY Lake Science provides users with an abundance of information about lakes. From the app’s main menu, users are able to choose the Under the Lake, Activities, and Videos sections. The “Under the Lake” section allows users to adjust the amount of water in a lake or the air temperature using a slide scale. As they make these adjustments, the app shows the different changes to the lake. Additionally, users can tap the “audio” speaker to listen how the changes in water and temperature affect the environment. Next, the “Activities” section contains several experiments that users can complete…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7.4
B. Design - 8.5
C. Engagement - 7.4

7.8

DIY Lake Science: An App for Environmental Study

Summary : Great Resource for Studying the Environment

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DIY Lake Science provides users with an abundance of information about lakes. From the app’s main menu, users are able to choose the Under the Lake, Activities, and Videos sections. The “Under the Lake” section allows users to adjust the amount of water in a lake or the air temperature using a slide scale. As they make these adjustments, the app shows the different changes to the lake. Additionally, users can tap the “audio” speaker to listen how the changes in water and temperature affect the environment. Next, the “Activities” section contains several experiments that users can complete at home. Each experiment includes slides labeled as Summary, Materials, Instructions, and Explanation. Finally, the “Videos” feature contains a library of videos related to lakes. Users are able to play, pause, rewind, and fast-forward the videos.

Instructional Ideas

  1. In a lesson about the lake temperatures and water, teachers can first demonstrate a phenomenon by connecting their iPad to a projector and then using the “Under the Lake” section to make changes to a lake environment. As the changes are made, students can discuss why and how the environment changed. Example discussion questions include: (1) Are these changes seasonal? If so, what season do you think is represented?, (2) What would happen if the opposite happened (e.g., if the temperature is warming, what would happen if it cooled)?, and (3) What do you suppose would happen if the changes never occurred? What if the temperature never changed? Students can respond to these questions in writing or verbally.
  2. As an extension activity, teachers can require students to complete an activity listed in the app at home. While they conduct the activity, students can take pictures of the experiment to record their results. When finished, students can present their activity using the pictures they took while completing it. The presentation can be a Picture Walk, where the student explains what is happening when the pictures were taken, or it can be a more formal presentation using the PowerPoint, Haiku Deck, or PopBoardz app.
  3. Teachers can have students view a video from this app and then summarize its content in writing. The summaries can be posted to a class website.
  4. After viewing a video in this app, students can write any additional questions they may have about the video. The questions can be posted to a class website, and teachers can allow other students to respond to the questions.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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