How can you encourage students to
connect different concepts or show their
understanding of how ideas are related?
Inspiration (edustar), Bubbl.us (online) and
Freemind (download) are free digital mind
mapping tools that are easy to use and
display on blogs.
How can I get to know my students better
at the beginning of the school year?
Try using Survey Monkey or
Google Drive to create a
student survey about their
strengths, interests and concerns.
How can I introduce a new
topic with web2.0 tools?
You can use Flickr and PowerPoint to
create slideshow of interesting images
around your topic.
How can I connect with
experts using web2.0 tools?
Use Skype or Blackboard Collaborate to
participate in presentations, ask
questions and connect with scientists.
We use Skype and Blackboard Collaborate to
connect with our Scientist in Schools partner,
Melissa Toifl, from CSIRO Land and Water
Technologies, in Highett and Clayton.
Connecting with experts in the field increases motivation
and engagement by allowing students to ask questions and
actively participate in presentations.
Peter Barnett, Geologist
from Hot Rocks Ltd.
Participation in web conferences with ActWild,
facilitated by the Melbourne Zoo, develops student
knowledge and empathy for our wildlife.
Students collect data
about tree growth to
upload to the
scientists use the data
for climate change
Since 2011 I have used
Blackboard Collaborate to teach
Unit 3 and 4 VCE Environmental
Science to students from
different schools around the
state. We connected for 90
minutes each week
synchronously and used my
blog, email and Facebook
We have met at Ecolinc, Bacchus
Marsh in term 1, Grampians in
term 2 and at EcoBeach Apollo
Bay YHA during term 3 holidays.
How can mobile devices be used effectively to
enhance science learning?
Use mobile phones to scan QR codes, take
pictures or record data during excursions
and trips outside into the school garden.
Students can create their own webpage in a wiki and
use the URL to create a QR (quick response) code that
directs the user to the information in their webpage.
How can you encourage students to work together,
collaborate on projects and share their results?
Google Drive and Wikispaces are free tools
that allow students to work together online.
International Energy Challenge
150 students, five schools, three
countries and 12 energy sources.
My students have difficulty remembering
definitions of scientific terms – how can I help?
Quizlet is an online tools where students can
create digital Flashcards, which can be used
online or printed out. There is a similar app for
iPods and iPads called Flashcardlet.
How can I help my students
revise effectively for tests?
Quiz Revolution and Quizlet are free tools for creating
online quizzes. It is simple for students to create their
own quizzes and send a link by email to their friends and
teacher or embed the quiz into a blog.
How can students demonstrate their
understanding of a topic?
Ask students to create a digital story
using Animoto, Slideshare,
Photostory, Windows Movie Maker
How can students ask questions or
give you feedback about lessons?
Use student, teacher or class blogs to
connect, communicate, collaborate and
How can you get feedback about what
your students have learned?
Students can post comments on your
Blog (or theirs!) or add ‘sticky notes’
to a Padlet wall.
• What did you learn about cells today?
• How could you get a magnification of x400?
• What is the difference between a light
microscope and a stereo microscope?
Present your Learning
• Create a digital poster (Wix)
• Make a slideshow (Haiku Deck, PowerPoint,
Keynote or Prezi)
• Create a web page (Heliohost, Smore, Tumblr,
• Produce a video (Windows Moviemaker,