For the fourth time in about a year, today there was a lunar eclipse. I challenged students to go out early on a SATURDAY morning and take a selfie as the total eclipse happened (and it only lasted about 5 minutes). Once they had their selfie, they had to share it with me on my Google Drive before midnight.
I think this is a great example of a SAMR use for technology!
I've been getting shares all morning from students that not only went out to look for the eclipse, but also dragged their parents out. Big shoutout to moms and dads everywhere that went to all this trouble to help their 8th graders try to find high ground so they could see the eclipse.
Can you really imagine getting an 8th grader to get up early on a Saturday morning? But these students are champs and some got up to go on the hunt. It makes me so proud of them and I wish that this kind of grit was pictured on the TV news and that this kind of commitment to their kids' education was featured on 60 Minutes.
Unfortunately, the clouds moved in (we've had rain the past two days and it made me worry that we wouldn't be able to see the eclipse) and most everyone was unsuccessful. I guess only unsuccessful if you don't consider the chase and/or getting out to do real world science! Anytime families can work together on a science project, I think that's a big win for student learning. Don't you?
Some were successful and saw the sliver before the clouds moved in and others weren't so successful.
I stress problem solving, so they were very creative in what to do since they couldn't take a selfie. Some posed with the sunrise. Some photoshopped themselves into a eclipse. Ask a tween to do something and they figure out a way to inject their own humor and sensibilities into it.
I think they had fun with it and that's a good thing too.
All made me smile and all were offered in the spirit of the hunt and in the love of science.
I don't post the faces of my students anymore if you're wondering.