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Monday, March 27, 2017

SPARKing Connections with Neurological Diseases

During a study of the Nervous System, students in Karen Lawson's Anatomy and Physiology class used Adobe Spark Page to compose a narrative that highlights a person who suffers from a neurological disease or condition from a provided list. It was suggested that the student's detail their project about someone they know or can interview in real life in order to connect their learning to a real world example; if no contact existed, students also had the option to research someone in the public eye who suffered from the disease or condition.

Check out these examples:


Adobe Spark enabled students to tell a story detailing many facets of the disease or condition such as the definition, history, treatment, rehabilitation, and prognosis. By composing a narrative instead of a scientific explanation, students were able to reach higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy by researching or interviewing an individual, then applying their learning through the creation a new product within Adobe Spark. Furthermore, students were given a wide variety of choice with just enough parameters designated by their teacher; with the required criteria provided, students created various detailed narratives that let them detail new learning within a framework of creative freedom.



To share their narratives and learn about other neurological diseases or conditions, Mrs. Lawson had the students turn in their work via a QR code so that it could be creatively displayed on a Standards Based Bulletin Board as shown in the image above.  

ISTE Standards:
3A: Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
6C: Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizationsmodels or simulations.

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