CRII: Cyberlearning: Lived Science Narratives: Meaningful Elementary Science through Wearable Technologies

Principal Investigator: Sharon Lynn Chu

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Start Date: November 1, 2018

End Date: July 31, 2020

Amount: $121,459


A key goal of the Next Generation Science Standards is to shift the focus of science instruction away from the classroom and out into the world. This research aims to extend what students learn in their science classes beyond the formal context of the school. The project will investigate an approach whereby students will be encouraged to think critically about how science is present and applicable in their daily life experiences through the use of smartwatches. The approach consists of three main parts. First, students will use smartwatches to voice-record observations related to a science topic in their everyday lives. Second, students will be able to reflect on their “”lived science stories”” and edit them into fuller narratives via a web interface, thus contributing to their language arts learning. Third, the students’ science stories will be presented to the school teacher via a web application that will help that teacher to diagnose and correct their misconceptions and make science teaching more relevant and meaningful in the classroom. This work could have lasting benefits to society, not only in terms of the support of children’s engagement and interest in STEM topics but also in the practice of listening, reading and writing at a critical period of their development.

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