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After Presenting: What Next?

1. Groups should post their case project starting Thursday morning by going to:

Please enter your email address as your user name.

Your password has been set as plant this year.

You will submit your case, implementation, and assessment information for others to access. Files for images, rubrics, cases, or other resources will all be entered into this project site. Be sure to save your work. You can always edit later. When adding files, be sure to add them to your project- not the first one on the list!

2. Groups will create a poster that features the case with an emphasis on student products. These will be presented Friday at 10:45 AM to students and others.

Some hints for getting started:

    • See poster review form used last week
    • Feature the student products as examples of posing problems, problem solving, and peer review with your case
    • Show the questions that they asked and what they explored, collected evidence on, and presented information on for review.

You may wish to include items such as:

    • the case
    • student case analysis responses such as what the case was about
    • Know/Need to Know responses
    • case questions generated by students
    • images from your case presentation/pre-case activities (see others such as Claire or students’ blogs)
    • examples of student work
    • selected results from your review
    • any relevant items that add pizzazz!

Peer Review: Cases

During Wednesday and Thursday we will focus on presenting and reviewing cases. We have adapted the peer case review form that was developed by 2009 teachers and made it a Google Docs form. (This is in keeping with our paperless approach to workshop materials.)

Everyone will be able to access the survey results through a link provided in a post on Thursday night.

You can go to a new page to fill out the peer review case by using this survey link

Unknown Fabric: History Detectives

Considering Cases

Posted by Ethel Stanley on July 19th, 2010 in  · 0 Comments

Peer review enables us to focus our case on what we really wish to emphasize.


Fabric Samples with Fiber Micrographs

For close-up views of fibers, see:

FiberSamples (version 2) Sheet1

Cool virtual microscope activities

Stumbled across this site again last night and thought I’d share it before I forgot:

Welcome to the Molecular Expressions website featuring our acclaimed photo galleries that explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy. We are going where no microscope has gone before by offering one of the Web’s largest collections of color photographs taken through an optical microscope (commonly referred to as “photo-micro-graphs”).

Try out the virtual QX3 and other scopes as well.


Wonderful images including some fibers!

Writing cases and considering student products

Design cases for student products that invite them to:

  • Generate solutions to complex problems already conceived; solve a problem of one’s own generation
  • Generate hypotheses; develop one’s own hypothesis and test
  • Explain relationships in a system; define relationships in new systems
  • Explain different points of view; support one’s own point of view
  • Rank with justification; justify, recommend
  • Infer; generalize
  • Predict; generate
  • Analyze; evaluate, assess

With open ended laboratory activities or project work with minimal teacher supervision

(teacher interjections or interruptions count as teacher intervention/supervision)

Ideas for Cases on Cotton:

1. Cotton consumption Stats

1. A green theme: Waste vegetable oil (including cottonseed oil) from restaurants is used to run converted diesel engines

Stagecoach 2010: Of beignets, Sugarland and pork butt | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times

2. Pesticides in cottonseed oil

A Rachel Carson historical connection: .there’s not much data about bioaccumulation or biomagnification (maybe I haven’t found it yet)


Cottonseed oil – toxicity, ecological toxicity and regulatory information

3. Obesity Epidemic: Dietary lipid investigation


Book review to the book “The Queen of Fats”:

4. Birth Control — Gossypol