Environmental Science 20 Advanced Placement is a course targeted at students in grade 11 that have successfully completed Science 10 AP or Science 10 regular stream with a high mark and above average work ethic. I have focused this module on the Soils unit, specifically looking at Biogeochemical Cycles and Productivity, focusing on:
Outcome TE1 (Analyze the importance of soils as an integral component terrestrial ecosystems)
Indicator h (recognize the role and diversity of organisms found within soil environments)
Indicator i (discuss the role of soil in biogeochemical cycling, including carbon storage and nitrogen fixation, nitrification and denitrification).
Students refer to this course syllabus to familiarize themselves with the course and the mark breakdown for the course.
NOTE: I have created an entire unit for this my ES20AP class, but am focusing this assignment on slides 37-50 of the unit only.
The format of this course is mainly asynchronous online with a blended connotation – the students are assigned one hour per day in which the students work on their own with their laptops at the back of my classroom- they can ask questions if they need clarification and I will help (I teach regular Environmental Science 20 at the same time as ES20AP during the day, which explains the need for this type of course). We also have a one hour weekly meeting on Tuesday before school begins (7:45 – 8:45), this meeting is dedicated to those students only in ES20AP and is designed to take place when there are no distractions from anyone or anything – this allows for an intensive face to face meeting.
For this class, we utilize Canvas LMS and have been using all of it’s applications. Students are expected to complete unit assignments within the unit time frame. The students utilize the class calendar to inform them of their unit start dates and exam dates. Exams are written in person during their scheduled class time. Students access modules on Canvas, the modules have been created using Google Slides which have hyperlinks for Google Docs embedded within it as well as the required videos for viewing. Students are also directed towards EdPuzzle, this website has allowed me to create questions that compliment the videos that I have chosen to have the students watch. The students scores are recorded on the program itself and I take their marks as an assignment. Students are also asked to watch videos that I have created using Screencastify and answer questions to these by creating a MySimpleshow video. The students are required to access the Google collaborative document (either on the module itself or through the collaboration feature of Canvas) to insert their groups hyperlink to their MySimpleshow. During our one hour meeting we will watch and discuss these videos.
Students can communicate with me via email within Canvas or they can begin a class discussion (in person or on Canvas). I do find that since we have a dedicated hour per day in class they will ask each other questions during that time period. If there is anything else that comes up, they ask their questions during our weekly morning meeting. Students are required to hand in all assignment via the email option in Canvas. This option allows me to mark their assignments in Word or Google Docs, return them to the student, and archive the emails for future needs.