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Let's go into orbit - Satellites part 2 - Artificial satellites- science learning hub

Subject taught
- Math
- Physics
- Technology


Type of Product
- Articles
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
To observe the world around us with curiosity to understand at least in part the technology that we use every day.

• The general aims are to develop the observation skills and to stimulate the curiosity of the students, so that they wish to understand and don’t study in a mnemonic way.
They must learn to study: to organize their learning, identifying, choosing and using various sources and information.
To acquire and to interpret the information in a critical way to form their own opinions.
To estimate the scientific credibility of the source and to discern the difference between facts and opinions.
To communicate and to understand different languages (daily, technical, literary, scientific) and to use them in different contexts.
• The linguistic aims are to teach students a correct scientific language. They will have to read or to watch and to understand a scientific article or video. They will have to use a correct language when they have to explain a scientific topic.
• The specific aims are to know different types of satellites and where they orbit, to understand how they work and how they are helping us the our daily life.
• The target group age is 16 /18
• Level of competence in English is B1/B2.
• The time required to use the resources with the students depends on how much the teacher wants to develop the topic, but it cannot be less than three hours.
• The first hour is dedicated to watch the first video and to open a discussion with the students to understand how much they know about the satellites and if they are aware that whenever they use for example the cell phone, the television or the internet they exploit the work of the satellites. The teacher will help the students to get to know other types of satellites and how they are used . It is important for the teacher to focus the discussion about the very use that men can make of the satellites.
The teacher will assign the second resource as home study and he will ask to find additional resources.
Other two hours are dedicated to look at and to comment the new resources.
• The students usually have no problem, on the contrary they show a great interest.

• Strength: This topic is particularly modern and the students are more interested , the use of videos is fundamental to show the various types of satellites and their orbits. • Weakness: The topic is in continuous development and so the information could be incomplete or outdated. • Scientific reliability: The first video is simple, but it is a good synthesis on the topic. The second article is rich and detailed, it contains other videos and useful links. It has been taken from the website of the Faculty of Education of the university of Hamilton New Zealand • Pedagogical value : collaborative learning, self–directed learning, peer assisted learning, assisted learning.

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