Building a Mesocosm

IB1 students were asked to construct a mesocosm, which is a closed ecosystem that allows for variables to be controlled. Ours students used five bottles, 1 aquatic plant, some distilled water, coal, soil, cat poop (this was left in one of our student’s sunflower pot, which happened to be their individual investigation, so we decided to make use of it in our mesocosm), 3 earth worms, cress seeds, and rocks and some compost. The mesocosm is thriving near a window in our room and has been growing for several months now. We look forward to examining it next academic year.

Below are some photos. Enjoy.

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Augmented Reality in the Garden

IB1 students were each given a learning objective covering Topic 9.3 that they had to learn and teach to their peers. They were instructed to do two things:

  1. Create a video teaching their learning objective
  2. Create an Aura using the Aurasma app

Feedback from students was excellent! They absolutely loved being in the garden and using their iPads to learn about plants. This is a great way to get kids up out of their seat. Using augmented reality also increases overall engagement and makes learning a bit more exciting than the traditional teacher centered approach.

 

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