Talking Science, Modeling Scientistsby: Elizabeth Edmondson, William H. Leonard , Chris Peters, and Anna O. Baldwin

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Do you want your students to share their investigation findings in a meaningful way? Or to communicate like real scientists do--beyond conducting investigations in the classroom? Fourth-grade students in the Upstate of South Carolina are doing just that as they log onto the Experimental Reflection Portal, or XRePort an online system that pairs students and teachers from different schools and allows them to "talk" about their common science investigations. In this way, students communicate their science knowledge and experience firsthand the benefits of the collaborative nature of science.

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  • on Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:20 PM

This article is all about a web based program XRePort, however, I was unable to find anything about the program. (Is it still in existance?) The ideas about students communicating ideas and results of investigations are useful. The main focus seems to be the experience with XRePort though.

Jenny  (Milan, MI)
Jenny (Milan, MI)

  • on Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:52 PM

The XRePort portal is still a functioning website hosted by Clemson State University, but it is certainly a bit outdated by today's standards. On first read, the article seems to be a straight forward reflection of the XRePort Experiment undertaken by 4th grade students. The value in reading this article today is to learn from both the highlights and the trouble spots that are detailed and to apply this information to whatever online environment you are working in with your own students.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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