Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2019-2020

Submitted by: Jerry Cantrell Email: cantrellj@pcsb.org Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Subject: Science, Math, Language Arts
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School: Seminole Sr. High School Type: Public Grade Levels:9, 10, 11, 12 County:Pinellas

Approx. Enrollment: 2000 Number of teachers:2000

School Address:

8401 131st St N
Seminole, Florida 33776

Phone: 727.547.7536 Principal:Jane Lucas Email: lucasm@pcsb.org

Facebook: @SeminoleHighSchool
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Project Title: Technology Accelerating Learning Connections
Project Dates: August 201-May 2021 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Physics- Chemistry- STEM - Environmental Science

Abstract:
Students will improve their understanding of learning objectives through creating, archiving, and sharing videos of experiments within the community. These videos will include experimental processes, tutorials of how they can relate their experiment as proof to support a scientific claim, as well as electronic data capture and graphing technologies to support their claims. The videos will be accessible throughout their academic career and the students will be expected to improve on their knowledge from one course to the next by adding to and editing their existing experiments.

Proposal:

How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
This project is innovative because it will allow students to create video-tutorial (discourse) that intertwine math, chemistry, environmental science, and physics concepts. These tutorial presentations will include experimental design, electronic data capture, and scientific reasoning that answers an essential question supporting learning objectives. The videos will be hosted on a school approved web application that current and future students may access for additional experimentation, scientific discourse, as well as educational/tutorial support. More clearly, students will be able to take their own (as well as other people's) experimentation and improve on the learning objective from one course to the next within their academic progression.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Students use experimentation to deepen their understanding of fundamental concepts, which all relate to learning objectives. They will use computer-based technologies to analyze videos of scientific processes (e.g., movement, melting, freezing, energy exchange, water quality, GIS location and overlay analysis, …). They will also use electronic data capture technologies that allow them to transform physical data into graphical proofs of their experiments. The students will be required to access archived/tutorial resources from one science course to the next and improve their understanding of the objectives while making relevant connections regarding the interconnection of courses. There are many learning objectives that will apply to the overall curriculum that the students will experience. For this project, the main Florida State Learning objectives are as follows: • SC.912.N.1.2: Describe and explain what characterizes science and its methods. • SC.912.N.1.7: Recognize the role of creativity in constructing scientific questions, methods and explanations. • SC.912.N.2.4: Explain that scientific knowledge is both durable and robust and open to change. Scientific knowledge can change because it is often examined and re-examined by new investigations and scientific argumentation. Because of these frequent examinations, scientific knowledge becomes stronger, leading to its durability • SC.912.N.3.5: Describe the function of models in science, and identify the wide range of models used in science. • SC.912.N.1.1.5: Plan investigations. • SC.912.N.1.1.6: Use tools to gather, analyze, and interpret data (this includes the use of measurement in metric and other systems, and also the generation and interpretation of graphical representations of data, including data tables and graphs). • MAFS.912.F-IF.2.4 For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include: intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
Students enjoy the ability to share their video creations on community internet resources. The ability to archive resources that they design, create, proof, and share with others will encourage the students to perform to the best of their capabilities and assist their learning the process of discourse within the community. The students will impact their future learning as well as other student’s learning through the ability to provide a tutoring/video resource with experimental evidence. This archived technology will be used from one course to the next in the progression of their academic endeavors (for instance… graphing techniques learned in math will be employed in chemistry, the knowledge gained in chemistry will be improved upon in the next course such as environmental science, and again it will be connected to the next science course such as physics). Additionally, students that have fundamental knowledge of video creating technologies, data processing software, and GIS applications more readily advance themselves in their career and academic endeavors.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
GIS technologies will be used to locate observable environmental phenomena. Video capturing of the phenomena as well as electronic data capture will be used to input information into GIS overlays. Cross connections between environmental phenomena, chemistry, physics and math will be used to support the student’s understanding of learning objectives that are relevant to their grade and subject of study. Again, students will be capable of adding to existing videos/resources to enhance, debate, or negate past experimentation. Data will be captured to study learning objectives related to chemistry. The chemistry learning objectives will be related to environmental objectives, which in turn will be related to physics objectives. Each course is a building block connecting to or enhancing understanding of the world and its workings. The video analysis will provide a method for students to actively review and revise information so that they may constantly improve their understanding through the interconnections of data, scientific discourse, and maintaining a sense of community.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Video evidence is the most obvious of data that will be collected to show student gain. The ability for students to return to past presentations and modify, enhance, and improve techniques and understanding will be supported through analysis of discrete learning objectives. Pinellas County Schools employs a testing application called Performance Matters, also. Performance Matters allows statistical review of the students’ comprehension of learning objectives. The statistical analysis of learning objectives as well as objective review of improved experimentation techniques will be used to show student gain.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
The students will share their projects with the community through Facebook, other web based resources, orally, as well as in person during specified competitions. The resources that the students create will provide avenues for the students to learn how to have appropriate discourse within the community. It requires them to support there claims with evidence, respond to constructive critiques of their claims, as well as re-examine their processes over time for improved knowledge.


Budget:

Service/ Item Description Cost
Data collection probe ware (pH monitors, thermometers, pressure sensors, dynamic tracks for movement 2200
Interfaces for interconnecting the probe ware to computers with Bluetooth technology 800
Total Cost of Project 31000
Total Requested from TERRA 3000
If matching funds identified list source: 26 Computers from CTIP Grant for computers 25000
Donated Goods/Services:GIS Sensing equipment and camera donated by Pinell 3000

I, Jerry Cantrell, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Jane Lucas,the Principal of Seminole Sr. High School and any other individuals required by my school district.

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