Category: investigative team

Do you live in an earthquake region?

Check how safe your classrooms are. This is a good project for a large team. You might look at one building on campus. A science building is a good one because it often houses classes that all students are required to take at one time or another. Divide uImage result for students under desk earthquakep the classrooms among the team members and create a form. You should check these things:

  1. Can a big student easily fit under each desk and is the desk sturdy enough to serve as protection against falling debris or a collapsed wall or ceiling?
  2. Do windows line a wall of the room next to student desks?
  3. Would students be easily able to exit the room in the case of an earthquake?
  4. Is heavy equipment like cameras and projectors safely bolted to walls and ceilings?

When you can’t make sense of your notes…

Try diagramming your notes.


When you talk to many sources you collect so much information you can get lost in it.

Each source you talk to only sees a small piece of the big picture. You get a sense of the big reality by connecting all these small pieces.

It helps to draw a circle for each piece of information and connecting them togeA bubble diagram can help you sort out your story.ther.

You can do this on your computer and share it among your team members with Google Docs. Just open a new file and choose Drawing. You can insert boxes or bubbles fill in text and connect them with lines or arrows.

When you diagram your sources or the information you gathered you can see visually what pieces of information came from many different sources — and so is credible and relevant and when a piece of information came from only one source and may be less credible or tangential.