Selected Chickscope Website
In simple terms, the Chickscope project site is a Web
based laboratory notebook. The site was designed to
facilitate instruction and interaction in the
following three ways. First, by focusing on the
interests, needs, and skills of students and teachers
across all grade levels. Second, by encouraging
students and teachers to visit the site everyday, even
on days when they could not access the MRI system.
Third, by providing support to guide the scientific
inquiry process in the classroom. The main sections
of the project site included the following:
Today's News, MRI Database, Chicken
Scratchings, and Roosts.
Today's News provided daily progress
on chick embryo development using candled images, MR
images, and color plates as visual illustrations. When
possible, images acquired by the students were used to
demonstrate a concept or an image acquisition strategy.
For example, Day 4 provided an overview on the eye of
MRI Database archives the images
that were acquired by the classrooms along with the
control parameters and user information for later
review. The control parameters, such as direction of
view and image contrast, were easy to use.
Additionally, on-line help on any of the control
parameters was available with examples. The database
is accessible at all times, even when the MRI system
is not available.
Scratchings allowed students and teachers to ask
questions and record observations about the project.
Scratchings were generally about classroom activities,
chick embryo development, and MR images. Experts would
respond daily to the scratchings.
Each senior researcher associated with the project
supported a Web page for their area of expertise, such as Carl's Roost.
These roosts were used to document project results and
respond scratchings from students and teachers.
Annotated images with notes on the daily growth of the
chick were also recorded here. Researchers also used
these resources to suggest activities or exercises
that might be used in the classrooms, for example, a
discussion of the chemistry of the egg.