Bringing science to life

MySciLife is a social learning environment where students design and maintain science "identities" to LIVE and LEARN. Students LIVE as a science concept, creating their identities using status updates, interactions, and a full range of digital media within the MySciLife platform. MySciLife is personal, dynamic science learning, interaction, and assessment.

Research Proves Social Learning Works! See the results of the MySciLife 2012-13 pilot research study.

Boot Camp and Middle Level Pilot Project
An expanded pilot is taking place during the 2013-2014 school year, focused specifically on gathering more extensive control group data.

Applications are now open for middle-level science teachers for the 2014-2015 school year. Please read the criteria and information with our online application form. Apply now for these limited openings. Selected teachers will be notified on or around July 7, 2014.

Be sure to add the email address myscilife@sflinc.org to your address book so our replies will not be marked as "spam." Please contact myscilife@sflinc.org with any questions.

MySciLife was a 2010 finalist entry in the MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition, and the pilot was supported by SFL and other funds available to SFL. SFL is currently seeking funding from multiple sources. Interested parties should contact cshively(at)sflinc.org.

MySciLife Project Creative Collaborators:
Candace Hackett Shively, TeachersFirst/The Source for Learning, Inc. (www.teachersfirst.com)
Oliver Dreon, Jr., Millersville University (PA)
Louise Maine, Punxsutawney Area High School (PA)

See the public "stream" [http://www.edmodo.com/public/myscilife2012-13/group_id/1365563] from the 2012-13 MySciLife community
(Note that you can scroll to the bottom and click "more" at the bottom to go back in time from the most recent posts.)

 

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What is MySciLife? - for students and parents
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Full Description

What would it be like to LIVE as a cell? Would Jupiter respond to a wall post by Copernicus? What/whom would a savannah "friend"? Would an ant read an atom's updates? Would a cancer cell debunk a gene's error? With K-12 students learning and LIVING roles as science concepts, science and learning take on a MySciLife of their own.

MySciLife draws students into a digital world where they LIVE what they learn, visualizing themselves as scientific concepts, objects, or people. Built within a popular social learning environment, including extensive multimedia, and supplemented by TeachersFirst's (www.teachersfirst.com) classroom resources and professional development, MySciLife is similar to popular social networking spaces but is a safe, education-friendly environment where students design and maintain "science identities." They creatively define identities via profiles, activities, and digital media shared as "living" concepts/personas, experiencing science through social connections appealing to both girls and boys. The MySciLife platform leverages tools such as microblogging "updates,"  comments, and digital storytelling, engaging students to LIVE the science they learn. Within a private and safe community that can be monitored directly by teachers, students' MySciLife identities interact and connect with those created by other students. MySciLife also allows students to critique each other's online representations and defend their characterizations by citing evidence, data, and research.

MySciLife captures students' creativity with digital media as a dynamic process and ongoing assessment of scientific understanding. Whether portraying the role of an abstract scientific concept or as a concrete animal or body organ, students' learning and assessment become a living experience of science in a social, collaborative environment. Maintaining a MySciLife role makes science learning a longitudinal process rather than a static assignment in time. MySciLife students direct their conceptual roles, adding a new layer of thinking as they communicate and LIVE science. MySciLife brings science to life.

 

"....taking on the "persona" of the subject matter requires the student to understand that person/principle well enough to provide a realistic response to a question or comment directed to the "persona." Students may consider this a form of social networking but it is really intellectual interactivity and a very creative way to enhance learning. Kudos to the project team! I can't wait to see it in action!"

"I can easily envision MySciLife becoming wildly popular-- and wildly productive."

"I have two good friends who work in the science fields - nanotechnology - and both will retire within 5 years. Who will take their place? We MUST get kids excited about science!!"

"What impresses me is the connection made between creativity and scientific discovery."

" TeachersFirst is a respected name in education so I know the project will be teacher-friendly. But what is really exciting is that this project makes science student-friendly too."

"This is one of the most innovative and exciting teaching/learning ideas I have come accross in over 30 years in education!"

"This project is science learning for the future."

"Real science is done the MySciLife way."


MySciLife - An introduction for teachers

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