Even though this week has been all about our new netbooks, it’s is not always all about the technology. Sometimes it is best to “power down” and explore things without a device. One of the biggest worries I have as  an educator using technology is balancing the use of technology. I try to stay aware and monitor that our netbooks do not become a distraction. So, this past week, we took some time to explore our schoolyard for examples of weathering, erosion and deposition.

Our current unit in science, Landforms, asks that students understand the processes that shape our land, and while we have a good bit of vocabulary to learn, I wanted my class to investigate what these words actually represent. So, this lead to a scavenger hike around our school to observe examples of erosion and deposition. What I was really looking to establish with my students was a connection between the process of erosion and deposition. The Ah-Ha moment came when students noticed how the eroded material covering a section of our parking lot matched the sand from higher up the section of hill.

At another location, students connected how a section of side walk was in danger of breaking due to erosion. Students even took on the role of detectives in examining the area for were that material ended up being deposited.

Another reason why I like doing this activity is that students often feel that the landforms we study in class are not connected to their real lives. I loved hearing students comment that they had never noticed the things we found before. It was like they had never noticed these things before. Sometimes, when you look hard enough you can be amazed by what you will find.