I am prepping a new science argumentation topic for my students...we'll be doing an Edmodo online asynchronous chat in mid-September. As I read this week's worksheets, I realized I have a whole subgroup of students that read so well that they need more challenging materials.
I don't know much about drones...pretty much limited to what I've seen on TV shows and a smattering of news articles. Luckily I do read Popular Science....and they have a reporter who seems to specialize in drones. I popped off an email to him and asked for help. In no time, I got back an email with 3 suggested articles. All were well within the range of my students and will be perfect. Shout out to Kelsey Atherton...you are my hero and I really appreciate your good help.
I also thought it might be a perfect spot for a parent or other adult to come in as a guest speaker. I sent out an email request....got 2 replies within 24 hours. One from a dad that is an aerospace engineer for Honeywell and another one of my former students who is drone hobbyist. We are so lucky to have the engineer come into the classroom (having to take a day of his vacation time) to talk to all 6 of my science classes. In addition to learning about drones, he's promised to do a short infomerical on what aerospace engineering is all about as a career choice. And the now a college freshman student will come and fly his drone around for all of us....showing us how to control it and download live video onto the iPhone.
How often do we, as teachers, give up on a topic that we know is real-world and engaging for our students because we personally don't have enough knowledge? I'm guilty of that. I have learned that is a multitude of people out there willing to help if you just ask.
Can you imagine how much better this unit will be with the additional expertise and help from these experts?
Image credit goes to "Flying Robots 101" and Wikipedia Commons.