Teaching MBI remotely

A number of teachers have reached out asking for advice teaching MBI units in an online or hybrid format. The biggest challenge is setting up experiences for group sense-making including collaborative modeling. Below we highlight some tools and ideas that our teachers have found helpful. While certainly not ideal, teaching an MBI unit online can be productive!

Google jamboard

Our teachers have found Google Jamboards to be the most effective tool for synchronous or asynchronous group work. Jamboards are interactive whiteboards that allow group collaboration through text, images, and sticky notes. Most importantly, Jamboards are free and included in the Google Drive suite of tools. Below are a number of useful how-to videos on using Jamboard in science classrooms and some examples relevant to MBI.

Jamboard Examples

Ecosystems example

Biobasics example

Diffusion example

Looking for more great examples? Search Twitter for "Jamboard science" or "Jamboard model". Incredible teachers across the world are sharing their work daily. Do you have something to share? If so, please tag @mbi_team to your post on Twitter!

Jamboard How-To Videos

Google Slides

Many teachers use Google Slides for collaborative tasks such as modeling. Like Jamboard, students can collaborate synchronously or asynchronously on Slides. Below are two examples of model Slides from secondary teachers. If you are using Google Slides, check out Pear Deck, an add on that makes Slides even more interactive. We have found Pear Deck to be especially useful for incorporating formative assessment.

Modeling in Slides example
Initial and Final Models Example
OpenSciEd and inquiryHub Remote Learning Online Tool Organizer

Additional tools

Click on the Google Sheets resource to the left for a curated list of additional remote learning tools from our friends at OpenSciEd.