Keeping “What if” in mind, I have been struggling with hands-on labs during distance learning, and have recently been experimenting with leveraging the scenarios described in on the channel to empower “Thought Experiments” rather than forcing distance learning labs while student are not in class. I did two “What if” thought experiments this week, one in my Chemistry class, and one in my Biology class. Students LOVED THEM!
The went like this:
- Place students in Zoom Breakout rooms.
- Broadcast the “What if” scenario to their room. For example, “What if oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere was doubled?”.
- Given student 10 minutes, in groups, to develop a many answers to the hypothetical scenario as possible without looking online for a solution.
- Bring students back and elect one member to type their answers into the public chat.
- Allow all students time to read the responses and reflect on their favorite.
- Play the “What if” solution video! THIS IS THE BEST PART. For example, the below video answers the above “What if” scenario.