There is a mode on the device that can use curve fitting to turn the data into an equation. That could be useful in my college algebra class when we talk about the different types of curves
Some ways that you could use the LabQuest 2 would be graphing independent and dependent variables. The LabQuest 2 would provide students real life graphing application.
Donna, you put your finger right on a key point. So often there is considerable confusion about dependent and independent variables. This is a great way to incorporate this technology into the classroom and to also introduce students to a way to problem solve.
Paul, this is a great way for you to implement this technology into your classroom. I really like the way you are thinking outside the box.
I could use the water quality and temperature probe in my classroom.
I was trying to do an activity on percentage of O2 in water and it wasn't very accurate. These devices should help me prepare the activity for more accurate data study.
This is a great device to collect data, look at a table and plot data. Since it is REAL data collected in front of students they will be engaged.
I totally agree Melanie, there is something very engaging in collecting data in real time. Using technology is typically very engaging for students and they get a true sense of data that can be analyzed and converted into evidence.
I can see myself pairing up with the science department in which they conduct experiments using the various probes and I can help students develop graphs, tables, identify relationships, etc. in math.
Alisha, I like your idea of pairing math and science students. This kind of partnership is reflective of pairings that take place in ongoing scientific research. Each partner is able to bring his/her own knowledge and talents to bear.
I am really interested in using the 02 sensor to monitor the oxygen levels in water with plants, water with plants, and water with both plants and animals. We could also see how the amount of sunlight affected these amounts and relate them to celllar respiration and photosynthesis.
This is a great idea and could incorporate aquatic plants [Elodea] and aquatic snails. I think this would be very interesting for your students. Clearly, it would make science very interesting.
I could use this as a station. One station idea is using it for data collection to practice finding mean, median, and mode of various forms of data collected using the probes. Another station idea is using the probes to collect data for example, on the slopes of different water temperatures when you add ice cubes.
Great idea, Lauren! I think you will do very well incorporating the technology into the classroom. I really liked your idea of using the LabQuest 2 as a station. Very nice.
I was thinking it would be interesting to use the Dissolved Oxygen probe in a study with aquatic plants during a unit on Photosynthesis, to see how various other factors are affecting the amount of oxygen in the water, such as sunlight, water temperature, etc. Especially if you could also use a CO2 probe as a comparison.
Wow, I like your idea of using a CO2 probe as well. This is a great suggestion, you should share it with the teacher who takes your place. Looking at rates of photosynthesis this way would eliminate the need to count bubbles.
I would like to use it for data collection to use in statistical evaluation. We could measure water quality of the school water, nearby creeks, etc., look at temperatures in the various rooms of the school at different times of the day, and so on.
Yes, this technology is really perfect for the outdoor classroom. You could gather data at different times of the year for analysis. This is a great way to generate the data for analysis and will be more meaningful for students since they gathered the data.
These particular probes could be useful during a biochemistry or ecology unit. I believe we got a grant and should also be getting a few CO2 probes this year. I would LOVE to get to a stream. My district doesn't really let us do field trips, however, due to limited funds.
Wonderful, Sarah! Adding additional probes is a wonderful idea, especially when you are using grant funds as your funding source! Outstanding.
I would use some of the internal sensors to measure acceleration with the hover crafts.
Great idea, Colleen. Remember that there are several internal sensors that do not require probes and an acceleration sensor is one of them. Wonderful idea!
by doing a hands-on activity while collecting data, and graphing the data
Using the technology to incorporate additional hands on activities is a wonderful idea.
I could collect data from temp and dissolved oxygen, collect several data points and have students graph to determine what kind of relationship they are seeing.
Yes, you could enable the wifi connection in your school and send the data to a computer, print it out, and challenge your students to graph the data and explain the importance of the graph.
I can use this in environmental science to compare water quality from different water samples. I could also use the temperature probes to compare different properties such as photosynthesis or solubility at different temperatures.
Tobi, I like your ideas. These probes could be so easily integrated into an environmental science or plant science activity. Great ideas.
Demonstrate the importance of surface area by graphing the rates crushed and cubed ice chill water.
You could make an excellent learning opportunity focused on surface area. The concept of surface area applies to many areas of biology and this is a nice way to engage students with the concept.
I would use it to show the students the DO Levels when talking about elements in a chemistry activity.
This would also be a good way to introduce the basic gas laws to students. I like your ideas.
We want to emphasize the importance of teachers or PD directors checking technology availability, compatibility, and accuracy. We suggest directions for technology be delivered via self paced web format. Access to probeware may enhance learning if given out earlier in project. It would be useful to have a common experience upon which to build literacy.
Actually, there are several websites provided for teachers which include the online manual as well as multiple YouTube videos focused on the LabQuest 2.
I could use this to collect data using the probes. Then, the students can show the relationship between varying variables.
Engaging students with data collection is always a great idea and then challenging them to find relationships between various variables is a wonderful way to engage students with critical thinking and problem solving.
Labquest2 offers students the ability to see data in real-time. If conducting a class experiment, students would easily be able to share and see others' data and immediately adjust previously written hypothesis or write conclusions based on the data gathered.
Great idea, Matt! Your suggestion actively engages students with critical thinking and problem solving.
The LabQest2 offers students the ability to see data in realtime. If conducting a class experiment, students would easily be able to share and see others' data and immediately adjust previously written hypothoses or write conclusions based on the data gathered.
The ideas, reflections, and questions generated throughout the STEM Literacy Project help us rethink teaching and learning. Examining why we do what we do can only make us better.