Piece Or Excerpt of Media A Day:
Infographic: The Scale of the Universe
This is a pretty mind-blowing infographic that takes you from the smallest elements of the universe, to the seemingly-infinite magnitude of the universe.
In my last lecture, we talked about the difference between fact and truth, and we worked hard to construct an understanding of the fallible nature of both terms. I gave the students a few examples:
I had a chair just like this one in front of me, and I asked students if it was solid. In other words, if I sat in the chair, would I just fall right through it, or would it hold me up? They all said: it is indeed solid and will hold me up. I asked them, “how do you know?”
They said a lot of things, like, well, we are all sitting on chairs, and we aren’t falling through, and everyone who sits on a chair doesn’t fall through, etc.
I emphasized that we know the chair is solid because the theory has been tested billions of times, by billions of different people, and the observed outcome is consistent. This makes for a fact.
But I wanted to emphasize something else: That facts are tricky and change depending on perspective.
Next, I told students that if we zoom in to an atomic level, we see that the chair is indeed not solid. It consists of atoms surrounded by empty space. At this level, the chair is not solid, and this is still a fact.
Then, they all held their breath as I attempted to sit on the chair and see what would happen. It was hilarious. For some reason, they suddenly thought I was magic, and that I would fall through the chair, despite the solid evidence they had earlier about the fat that the chair is solid. In one class, a kid got out his phone to take a video, “just in case”. hahahahah. (I didn’t fall through the chair, in case you were wondering).
Today’s POEM backs up the lecture from the other day, and is also about Space. This was meant to reinforce ideas from last class, AND, show a new media type of NONFICTION.
Today I taught students how to create hyperlinks, and how to organize their research as we embark upon these epic projects.
First, I wanted students to learn how to make hyperlinks as these are really an updated way to cite source information in the body of an original piece of nonfiction in the real world. While MLA citation is useful to know for writing for school, hyperlinks can be great ways of citing information in stuff these kids might write for the real world (or digital world they are forever connected to in their real lives).
Next, I wanted to emphasize how important it is to take notes as they do research for each source.
All directions for this are in this Google doc that I shared with each student on Google Classroom; they are using their own copy to record their notes and create their hyperlinks (this will be invaluable to them as they move forward in their research, and INVALUABLE to me as I attempt to keep up with all of their projects).
Students logged into chromebooks, got into Google Classroom and began recording information in their own Sources and Notes doc.
I reminded students that they should all have their topics chosen, guiding questions asked, and at least one source found by the end of class.