YouTube Skepticism: Cellphone Popcorn

YouTube Skepticism: Cellphone Popcorn
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Science teachers have an obligation to instill critical thinking and skepticism in their students. If my students can calculate kinetic energy as (1/2)mv^2 but also buy a Power Balance bracelet or accept media reports of paranormal activity, I feel I have failed them.

So I insert explicit lessons in skepticism and critical thinking into the curriculum throughout the school year. This is one of them.

This activity has students observe and investigate a set of viral videos that took YouTube by storm a few years ago: ordinary people were using their cellphones to pop popcorn.

American (YouTube v=V94shlqPlSI) - French (v=k4VwKHrit6s) - Japanese (v=lg_dyD0Nsjw)

These videos lead students into a revealing investigation.

My hope is that such lessons strengthen students' thinking skills I'm the classroom and (more importantly) beyond. I developed this activity for use with my own students.

April 2020 UPDATE: In addition to the printable PDFs of the student blank and answer key, a Google Docs version of the student document now included for easier distance learning use.

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