You can use the investigation program to teach in many different ways. It’s your choice! Here are some ideas to get you started:
In the classroom:
Simply allow the students to enter the caves and wander around. They will encounter the sample stations and be prompted to activate them by correctly placing instruments within the cave. This will unlock various data sources and samples of materials which are needed to solve the bigger puzzle. They can choose to complete each task for a sample station or complete particular sections for all stations. Along the way they are building up their knowledge to address the overarching question of how the caves formed. In addition, they will discover animals, artefacts and features of the caves which will help them to learn more about the history, habitat and formation of the caves.
Flipping the classroom:
You can instruct the students to explore the caves before the class commences, and then step through the sections which are relevant to the topic you are currently teaching. Using the lesson guide, you can start class discussion and guide students to complete the sections required. You might like to have them complete the Jenolan Caves end challenge to test their knowledge, application and reasoning skills acquired through the investigation program.
Revision and formal assessment:
If you have already taught lessons covered in the investigation program, students can use the program as a revision of some of the core concepts. They can run through the investigation program and take the End Challenge. You can view their results in the Teacher Console under Student Results.
An alternative approach would be to assign the Jenolan Caves Investigation Program as homework. Either introduce the question during class time and direct them to specific parts, or indicate that they should go and explore the caves and complete whichever parts they prefer and then complete the End challenge.
During class, you could divide students into groups and have them complete the activities in a particular order. Groups can discuss options and complete tasks together through a nominated device. Keep in mind that students will also need to complete tasks on their own device to earn inquiry points and have their individual login updated with their achievements.
Excursion pre-visit and post-visit activities:
If your school is fortunate enough to be able to visit the Jenolan Caves in person, this investigation program would serve as a great pre- and post-activity. Depending on the lessons you will be teaching in the association with the excursion, you can tailor what students do in the lead up to or following the excursion.