I put this nifty idea a few months later during a seasons project presentation session. Groups of students were expected to learn about the changing of solar intensity at different latitudes over the course of the year as the seasons changed. Students partaking in the project were told their presentation would be broadcasted live via UStream so that family members or anyone else tuning in could watch. As an added twist I created a wifitti channel and asked science teachers I was connected to via twitter to have their class join in and participate. Bob Ruggiero, a teacher in Bourne, MA agreed and had his class tune in! Mrs. Costa’s class from the seventh grade also tuned in for one period, excited to have kids use their cellphones as tools in class while learning more about how latitude lines played a role in determining solar intensity.
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