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CSI Twitter- Crime Scene Investigation
Posted By Silvia Tolisano On 4. December, 2009 @ 9:55 am In 21st Century Learning,Collaboration,Communication,Learning,Social Networking | Comments Disabled
CSI- Crime Scene Investigation at school!
Third graders find unidentified skeleton on school campus.
What is one to do, when you find such a specimen on school grounds? Students across grade levels took a mini fieldtrip to the pond on campus to examine the skeleton. The BIG question for everyone, including teachers was: WHAT kind of animal was it? What an opportunity and teachable moment for students and teachers to collaborate in the investigation process and find out.
We had different approaches to the investigation:
Over the next three hours the “shout out” for help in identifying the skeleton received over 50 Twitter responses with
Following the tweet
I uploaded the image to the ID-Please group  on Flickr.
Another tip came and suggested to upload the image to a site called “idthis.org ”
The Twitter network also jumped in and retweeted (RT) the request for help onward to their network
Guesses and further questions what animal it could be flooded in
Suggestion of getting in touch with experts who could help our investigation along or expert’s guesses:
Links to more Resources:
I am amazed, again, at the power of the network. As the investigation spread across our school campus, so it did across the network. Having a support team, a flood of resources and experts at your fingertips (literally), it is truly an example how learning, research, has changed through the collaboration, connecting and communication tools of the social network era.
I am happy to report, that all three approaches of research came to the same conclusion.
Our skeleton seems to be a raccoon skeleton.
Our librarian has collected the specimen and is shipping it, as we speak, to the Florida Fish & Wildlife  Services, who have offered to clean it up, give us a positive identification and ship it back to us.
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