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A Note on Assessment


Live from Antarctica 2, like every Passport to Knowledge Module, is very different from traditional instruction with its reliance on textbooks and dittos for facts and background. But evaluation has shown us that teachers and students certainly feel they are indeed learning a great deal while experiencing the excitement of these unique "electronic field trips to scientific frontiers". In line with the new National Science Education Standards, we also hope that students not only discover:

  1. content more current than found in any textbook, but also develop;
  2. a more accurate understanding of the scientific method and the process of research;
  3. are exposed to and have a chance to practice research skills using computers and telecommunications, and:
  4. grow more positive attitudes towards science and high technology.

But how do we, and you, their teacher, know we're achieving these goals? First, by returning the pre-paid postcard included with this Guide you'll receive an Evaluation Survey, customized to your specific circumstances (e.g., grade level, school size) from the nationally-respected Center for Children and Technology of EDC (Education Development Center, Inc.) which is the Project Evaluator for Passport to Knowledge. If other teachers borrow your Guide, please have them copy and return the "postcard" printed at the bottom of this page.

Second, based on positive experiences with previous Live From...projects, we suggest that students keep Antarctic Logbooks, recording daily what they learn through the hands-on Activities, and their responses to the videos and what they read or do on-line. Blackline Master A.1 provides some suggestions for how these Logbooks might be designed and used. Student Worksheet A.2 provides a sample student Learning Log. But we are finding more and more teachers now use such "portfolio assessment" in addition to quizzes and tests, and we're as interested in learning how you assess your students' learning as having you follow our formats. Please send exemplary student work (Logbook pages, journals, computer databases, videos, photos, etc.) to us on-line, using the procedures you'll find at the LFA 2 Web site, or mail hard copies to the address below. We wish you luck in implementing Live From Antarctica 2, and hope it's both an instructive and enjoyable experience for you and your students!



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