Technology Integration Strategies for Science Instruction
How Devices such as scanners, digital cameras, and or video cameras can be used with computer systems and software in mathematics and science Digital Cameras MATH-Take a picture of one object; take a picture of two objects and so on. MATH-Take a picture of buildings to looks at measurements to scale SCIENCE-Take a picture of as insects as you can find in your house/backyard. Scanners SCIENCE-Scan pictures of different types of leaves that can be found in the area and project them onto a screen for the children to identify Video Cameras SCIENCE-Videotape different types of animals, reptiles, etc to be shown in class .
Using technology to communicate, collaborate, conduct research, and/or solve problems in math and science class Interactive white boards Solving problems Email Contacting parents Students collaboration Internet Research Webquests
Using productivity tools such as slideshows and spreadsheets in math and science PowerPoint Teaching math (adding or subtracting) Teaching science (lecture with picture examples) Excel Graphs Comparisons Tables
Using multimedia tools in math and science Online Educational Games/Software Math Playground Fun School Kidspiration Videos Magic School Bus
Adaptive/assistive devices for students with special needs Software that can talk to students with visual impairments, or who cannot read Computers that can enlarge images for students with visual impairments Special lessons will be made for students with physical disabilities who cannot participate in hands on lessons or experiments in science class. Adapting math lessons to teach students with learning disabilities more “real life examples” to help them grasp the concept Teaching hands on whenever possible, for example going outside in science or math class
How can students and teachers can practice socially responsible, ethical, and legal use of information from various technology in math and science? Creating a policy to ensure that technology is used appropriately in the classroom Rules and Regulations for using technology correctly Consequences for using technology incorrectly
How students and teachers can adhere to copyright laws and guidelines in the access and use of information from various technologies related to math and science Inform students of copyright rules before using any sort of technology Have posters/signs posted around the room reminding the children of how to use technology appropriately
Webquests Science Webquests Pumpkin Webquest http://www2.lhric.org/kat/PMPKS.HTM Trees Webquest http://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/teachers/bves/kberry/webquest2.htm Animals Webquest http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/brooklyn/animals/ Math Webquests Counting Webquest teaches counting 1 – 10 http://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/teachers/rwes/earmstrong/kindergarten_web_quest.htm Another counting webquesthttp://teach.fcps.net/trt9/Addition%20Webquest/adding_to_10%20Webquest.htm
How instructional software can be used for math and science. Tree Growth. In real life it would take years to watch a tree grow, but when using technology you can witness it in seconds. http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/wagnerk/edtech580/instructionalsoftware.htm Math Media Educational Software, Arithmetic Series Number Sense: kindergarten students learns about numbers in a three level program on the computer that also includes optional worksheets http://www.mathmedia.com/arsernew.html Speed Math 3.0: elementary math games that help students learn arithmetic http://www.caltrox.com/products/speedmath.htm Star CD-Rom : elementary science games help students learn about topics like the planets, the human body, etc. d. http://www.starcdrom.com/elementary-science-software.html Elementary School History and Science learning System: students learn about plants, animals, etc. http://www.childrenssoftwareonline.com/Default.aspx?m=item&pID=1961
Teleresearch http://www.pbs.org/teachers The PBS website has activities for math and science both. Activities for various age ranges. http://school.discoveryeducation.com/index.html Discovery Education for the classroom contains interesting facts and activities as well.
How rubrics can be used for assessing students ? Primary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric Students grade themselves as how well they worked at a team member Uses pictures of a sandwich (different sizes) to depict how well they did) Scientific procedure rubric For higher level science classes Broken down into novice, apprentice, practitioner, and expert Elementary science scoring rubric For middle school science class Focuses on the use of the scientific method Broken down into distinguished, satisfactory, unsatisfactory, and no response
Math Lesson PLan http://www.teachnet-lab.org/miami/2003/rduarte2/lessonplan.htm This is a great resource for students to use to better their math and technology skills. Student s are able to develop their social skills (group interaction) They learn how to create graphs online and how to incorporate formulas
Summary The technology field is ever-growing All school subjects can incorporate technology Math and Science is what we focused on specifically Technology such as cameras, power points, over heads, videos, online sources, etc. can all help aid students in bettering their math and science skills. Teachers should continue to emphasis on the importance of incorporating technology in the classroom.