Rich Description; New Spins on iSWOOP Programs

Hi,

I am seeing rich description in the feedback forms. Thank you recent iSWOOP presenters. Here’s a description from Georgina so if you haven’t had a chance to chat with her can get  a sense for how she’s continuing to try to get the audience really involved in the program.

A couple thoughts–It sounds very cool, Georgina, how you used the grid. I also like a lot the idea that you chose slides and videos as you needed them to illustrate points you or the audience were making. It sounds as though you were able to introduce the idea behind some of the technologies and then circle back to their application. That sounds great, so people get to hear an idea more than once, with increasing detail or more examples.

Questions–I’m wondering how you wrapped up. Were you happy with the wrap up? Almost as if it were a bad thing, you wrote: “They (participants) were curious and interested but a couple of time I had to give an example of an area of research. For example population size or colony size, how would you estimate the number of bats in the cave considering the challenges and technologies we discussed earlier.” Is it a negative in your mind? Why?

from Georgina

This program I actually set up a bit differently that I had previously been doing. I Started with the template presentation will most of the images and videos. I figured I would set the presentation up like a Jeopardy game. I didn’t have categories set up so I just went ahead and introduced the topics and asked the visitors what questions that they have about bats. This would be an attempt to help the visitor decide what they wanted to talk about or hear/see.

On the screen the video of the bat flight was playing. I started off by introducing iSWOOP. I asked the visitors what they would do if they where a scientists and were interested in learning more bout the animal that they were observing emerge from the cave. What are some of the challenges that they might have to deal with or overcome to get answers to their questions?
Some of the challenges that the visitors pointed out from watching the video included, the bats are fast and they are nocturnal.
We then talked about technologies available to us and how they could be helpful in studying bats.

I then asked the group what some questions that they have about bats were. They several different questions and I then talked about those and the technologies that researchers use to study the bats. If I had an image or video for a particular question I used it.

They were curious and interested but a couple of time I had to give an example of an area of research. For example population size or colony size, how would you estimate the number of bats in the cave considering the challenges and technologies we discussed earlier.

2 thoughts on “Rich Description; New Spins on iSWOOP Programs

  1. That sounds like a really fun program! I might have to give it a try. I would definitely have to go back and familiarize myself with the other slides I’m not currently using, so I could pick the applicable video/picture quickly. I can see how the visitors might initially be slow in identifying different areas of research but I bet once you get their juices flowing, they could be really creative in what sort of research questions to come up with. This sounds like a fun way to use the iSwoop program that will really keep you on your toes!

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  2. Sorry for not being clear. That last thought was not a negative. When I asked them to identify areas of interest to them and questions they had about bats on a few occasions I did not get any responses. This is when I then jumped in an introduced a topic or idea in which we could discuss the science and technologies applied to investigate that particular question

    In the future if I set the presentation up in this way I would like to have pre-made topic cards. For example: reproduction, population size, flight, behavior, survivor-ship, identity (what makes a bat a bat?). These are a few ideas. I could possible make slides but I was thinking about just having a stack of cards from which visitors could pull ideas from and hopefully generate questions from.
    In my conclusion (if I manage to state it before everyone walks away) I usually talk about how scientific studies and the technologies inspire us to appreciate, respect, protect, and learn more about bats.

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