The stories in Tales of the Tardigrade could be used as a starting point for discussions on various topics, but the information provided in each chapter is quite minimal, and far greater research is needed outside of the stories for any meaningful discussions. However, the variety of the stories provided (six in total) does help to reach students with different interests.
Each story is written in a slightly different manner and could be used as inspiration for students, to provide them with ideas on how to write creative stories on science topics. Have students use the stories as a jumping-off point to write a science serial of their own: How can they infuse scientific information into a narrative?Continue reading Show less
Tales of the Tardigrade is a truly unique approach to science, but it doesn't quite work as it stands. The stories are interesting, but the chapters are so short that they may not work well to really engage student interest and get them excited about a topic. The chapters are very short (mostly what can fit on a single phone screen and perhaps some pop-ups), meaning that they don't hold student attention for more than a minute or two. This might make it more difficult to really get students excited about the topic and willing to do more research on it. The slow release of chapters might also be a bit frustrating for students and could prompt them to not follow through on the stories. Also, the interface is somewhat dated, and some elements students may be familiar with -- like swiping to move -- are missing. With more supports, updates, and content, this cool idea could be a solid classroom tool.
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