browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Lower Secondary Workshop

Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL):
Teaching Science While Developing 21st Century Competencies


This course is designed to

  • Introduce teachers to the ICBL approach for teaching secondary level science
  • Illustrate the use of investigations, models, online resources and demonstrations linked to the cases.
  • Demonstrate how using cases help to develop 21st century competencies through student questions, explorations, and final products.
  • Support teachers in the design, implementation, and assessment of an ICBL module

.

Investigative Case Based Learning is one teaching strategy that can be used to support these key 21st Century Competencies described below by the Ministry of Education:

  • Civic Literacy, Global Awareness & Cross-cultural Skills

“Our society is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan and more Singaporeans live and

work abroad. Our young will therefore need a broader worldview, and the ability to

work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, with different ideas and

perspectives. At the same time, they should be informed about national issues, take

pride in being Singaporean and contribute actively to the community.”

  • Critical and Inventive Thinking

“To be future-ready, our young need to be able to think critically, assess options and

make sound decisions. They should have a desire to learn, explore and be prepared

to think out of the box. They should not be afraid to make mistakes and face

challenges that may at first appear daunting.”

  • Information and Communication Skills

“With the Internet Revolution, information is often literally just a click away. It is

important that our young know what questions to ask, how to sieve information and

extract that which is relevant and useful. At the same time, they need to be

discerning so that they can shield themselves from harm, while adopting ethical

practices in cyberspace. Importantly, they should be able to communicate their

ideas clearly and effectively.”

a

Lower Secondary Workshop Schedule

Times Thursday  July 28 Singapore MOE Lower Secondary Curriculum Objectives Resources
9-10:30 Strategies used: Brainstorming Case Study, Questioning, Cooperative learning IntroductionsTeacher Participant Group PhotosCase: Choices


 

Do know and need to know/Questions

For the “Choices” sessionsTheme: Science and Technology Knowledge

  • Awareness that science is not confined to the laboratory but is manifested in all aspects of the world
  • Awareness of the limitations of science and technology in solving societal problems.

Skills and Processes:

  • Use scientific inquiry skills such as posing questions, designing investigations, evaluating results and communicating learning
  • communicate ideas on benefits  and limitations of science and technology

Ethics and Attitudes:

  • Value individual effort and working in a team
  • Appreciate that scientific inquiry requires certain attitudes
  • Appreciate of the moral and social issues in the applications of science

Theme: Models and Systems

  • Students should appreciate that models are simplified representations of phenomena

 

Theme: Energy

Knowledge:

  • Forms, conversion, conservation.
  • Discuss the importance of reducing electrical energy wastage

Ethics and Attitudes: the need for Singapore to conserve energy

Theme: Interactions

Ethics and Values:  Appreciate the importance of understating and maintaining the connections among living things.

Appreciate Man’s responsibility to have care and concern for living things and the environment

https://bioquest.org/nie2011Know/Need to Know Chart (Case Analysis Sheet)Participant Groups Responses:

ChoicesCaseAnalysis

break
10:45 – 11:30 Strategies Used: Investigation, Questioning, Problem Solving, IT, National Education Tool:  Carbon footprint calculatorExperimental Design and Data collection

State hypothesis

Collect data

SEC Carbon Calculator for Household website

Experimental Design Handout


11:30-12Strategies used: Cooperative learning Make Mini Posters

  • Description of simulation
  • Evidence for conclusions
  • Inferences/ Conclusion

Discussion might also include:

  • Benefits/Limitations of science and technology
  • Social issues in the application of science to Carbon foot printing
Miniposter Instructions
Poster paper and marking pensParticipant Groups Posters:

Lunch
1-1:45Strategies Used: role play (scientific poster session) Mini Poster PresentationTour de postersDiscuss assessment Mini Poster RubricAssessment Handout



Thursday July 28,  2011
Time Singapore MOE Lower Secondary Syllabus Objectives Resources
1:45-2:30 Cyberlearning and 21st Century Competencies Tools Featured:

Worldmapper


Gapminder

Wordle

One Map Singapore


MOE Themes that might be addressed with these resources:  Measurement, Science and Technology, Interactions, Energy, and others 21st Century Competencies

Additional Links for 21st Century Competencies:

2:30-3:00 Strategies Used: Investigation, Skill learning (a type of interactive demonstration), IT, Problem Solving Tool: ImageJSetting scale and measuring
Theme: Measurement Knowledge: show an understanding that different instruments are used to measure different physical quantities accuratelySkills and Processes:  Make estimation and/or measurements of length

Ethics and Attitudes: Show an appreciation of scientific attitudes such as precision and accuracy

Theme: Science and Technology.

Knowledge

  • Awareness that science is not confined to the laboratory but is manifested in all aspects of the world
  • Awareness of the limitations of science and technology in solving societal problems.

Skills and Processes:

  • Use scientific inquiry skills such as using equipment (IT tool)

Ethics and Attitudes:

  • Value individual effort and working in a team
  • Appreciate of the moral and social issues in the applications of science
Using Image J: Gathering Data from Images

SingaporeHarbor

HongKongHarbor

Coins

More ImageJ: Biological Data from Images

Singapore Objectives Lower Secondary Science

21st Century Competencies

3:00 Break
Thursday  July 28, 2011
Time MOE Objectives Resources
3:15-3:45Strategies Used:Brainstorm, cooperative learning, IT, Investigation, Problem Solving Find your own image to measureUsing screen capturesPlease email your data and image to:

ethelstanley@gmail.com

Continuation of MOE objectives from previous session.

Map websites:

Google Earth

Google Maps

One Map Singapore

Online images websites:

Google Images

Flickr


3:45-4 Assignment:

  • Read Components of a Case Module for tomorrow’s case writing session.
  • Review the Choices case and activities. Identify each component.
  • Explore some of the rubrics
Components of a Case ModuleCollaboration RubricCase Based Learning Rubric
Times Friday  July 29 Singapore MOE Lower Secondary Curriculum Objectives Resources
9-10:30Strategies Used:  Case study, Brainstorming, Questioning, Cooperative Learning, Investigation
Case:   Go Green


Exploring plant pigments

Theme: Science and TechnologyKnowledge

  • Awareness that science is not confined to the laboratory but is manifested in all aspects of the world
  • Awareness of the limitations of science and technology in solving societal problems.

Skills and Processes:

  • Use scientific inquiry skills such as posing questions, designing investigations, evaluating results and communicating learning
  • communicate ideas on benefits  and limitations of science and technology

Ethics and Attitudes:

  • Value individual effort and working in a team
  • Appreciate that scientific inquiry requires certain attitudes
  • Appreciate of the moral and social issues in the applications of science

Theme: Measurement

Knowledge: show an understanding that different instruments are used to measure different physical quantities accurately

Skills and Processes: Make estimation and/or measurements of length, volume

Ethics and Attitudes: Show an appreciation of scientific attitudes such as precision and accuracy

Theme:  Diversity

Knowledge: Elements, compounds and Mixtures, Awareness of basic principles in separation techniques and roles of constituent properties, Awareness of application of these techniques in every day life

Skills: use separation techniques such as paper chromatography

Ethics and Attitudes:  Appreciate need for systematic investigation

Global Awareness:

Singapore ICBL Cases:

CASE:

Know/Need to Know Chart

Participant Groups Responses:

“Lab” supplies

Chromatography:

Video:

Videos on grass stain removal:

 

 

 

Text:

 

Print Ad:

 

How does the case Go Green support 21st Century Skills?

Collaborative Response:



Times Friday July 29, 2011 MOE Lower Secondary Syllabus Objectives Resources
10:30 Break
10:45 – 12Strategies Used: IT, Brainstorming Simulations (PhET and others)Explore and be thinking of possible simulations or tools to be used in your own classroom.Later, you will be asked to write a case that will lead to a meaningful use of that simulation or tool. Theme: Models and Systems

  • Students should appreciate that models are simplified representations of phenomena

Other themes will depend on your interests.

Models include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science

PhET Simulation Evaluation Sheet
PhET Simulations

Other links:

IGCSE Biology Simulations

Virtual Ecology Project

Chem Collective

Physics Simulation Library


Lunch Discuss case ideas with your group
1- 2:30Strategies Used: Brainstorming, Cooperative Learning, IT Each of you will write a case scenario that will lead to a meaningful use of that simulation or tool

  • Choose one of the group’s case scenarios.
  • Develop plans for the rest of the case module with your group
Case Writing GuidelinesComponents of a Case ModuleComputers for searching for resources
2:30 Break
2:45-3:30 Group Presentations – Oral only Presentations of Group Case Modules:

Rubric CBL (From Bulk to Hulk)

ICBL_Rubrics_States of Matter

21st century competencies (ACWE)

Student product (ACWE)

Rubric Case_Based_Lesson (Aishah, Cheryl, Wee Hong, Eng Li)

Components of the Case Study


Your group should email a Word document to:

ethelstanley@gmail.com

Please include the following:

  • Idea for the case: setting, characters, etc.
  • Two possible investigations
  • Simulation or tool and one additional resource
  • Two possible student products
  • One example rubric
  • 21st Century Skills
3:30-4 Wrap up and evaluation SERC PaperA Framework for K-12 Science Education

NSTA Paper

Evaluation form



Leave a Reply