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Digital Toolbox for Science
Teachers and Learners
Britt Gow
Science, Maths and VCE
Environmental Science
Online teacher at
Hawkesdale P12 College
SW Victoria
Technoscience ...
“A decade ago, a
review of Australian
science education,
revealed many
students were
disappointed with
their high school
s...
Created online with “Create-A-Graph”
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/index.asp
Today’s learner’s are:
• Multi-taskers
• Digitally literate
• Mobile and connected 24/7
• Experiential and Social
• Visual...
What Effective Teachers do…
•
•
•
•
•
•

Clear Learning Intentions
Challenging success criteria
Range of learning strategi...
So that students…
• Understand learning intentions
• Are challenged by success criteria
• Develop a range of learning stra...
•
•
•
•
•

The Power to Engage
Students use technology already
It's not going to go away...it will only grow
Professional ...
“If our kids are going to live longer than us, they need to
have a passion for learning to sustain them. Not content
knowl...
“Teaching is an art form not
a delivery system.”
“A tool is only as powerful
as the creativity of the
person who uses it.”...
Word clouds
• Brainstorming at the beginning of a unit
• As a check that students have understood all
the terms used in a ...
Wordle for word clouds
Tagxedo for word clouds
Notice boards and sticky notes
•
•
•
•
•

Brainstorming
Exit slips – what have you learnt?
Questions students have about a...
www.padlet.com
Linoit for student feedback

http://linoit.com/users/brittgow/canvases/Web2.0%20tools%20I%20have%20used
Concept maps
• At the beginning of a unit to outline the scope
• Student-created to demonstrate
understanding of a topic
https://bubbl.us
Digital Buckets
• Collate a range of different digital sites –
videos, web sites, images
• One URL where students can acce...
www.thinglink.com
https://www.blendspace.com
Voicethread
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Voice
Text
Annotations with colour
Can be embedded in blogs, wikis etc.
Multiple people can c...
http://quizlet.com
http://www.quizrevolution.com
Quizzes
•
•
•
•
•

Terms and definitions
Student created for peer assessment
Quizlet has options (flashcards, study, test)...
Google Drive
Google Drive
•
•
•
•

Shared documents
Shared presentations
Create forms (for student surveys)
Embed into blogs and wikis
Students can create their own webpage in a wiki and
use the URL to create a QR (quick response) code that
directs the user...
QR codes
• Treasure hunts
• Mystery organs/systems/animals/plants
• Link to student-created quizzes, videos, wiki
pages
Comics and cartoons
"Pivot" is software that allows creation
of stick figure animations that can be
converted to video.
Your students can enter the 60 second science
competition by explaining a scientific concept.
http://www.60secondscience.n...
Products for Assessment
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Blogs > global2 or edublogs
Slideshows > Slideshare
Animations > ToonDo
Cartoon...
Practical considerations
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Technology does not replace experiments
Does every student have access to devices?...
Thank you!
• Brittgow@gmail.com
• Twitter - @brittgow
• Technoscience blog http://technoscience.global2.vic.gov.au
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
Digital Toolbox for Science Teaching and Learning
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    1. 1. Digital Toolbox for Science Teachers and Learners
    2. 2. Britt Gow Science, Maths and VCE Environmental Science Online teacher at Hawkesdale P12 College SW Victoria Technoscience blog since 2008 Twitter @brittgow brittgow@gmail.com Skype: britt.gow
    3. 3. “A decade ago, a review of Australian science education, revealed many students were disappointed with their high school science. Today, this disenchantment continues, as evidenced by the declining number of students choosing to study science in senior secondary school.” Prof. S. Cory
    4. 4. Created online with “Create-A-Graph” http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/index.asp
    5. 5. Today’s learner’s are: • Multi-taskers • Digitally literate • Mobile and connected 24/7 • Experiential and Social • Visual / spatial learners with • Fast response times & short attention spans
    6. 6. What Effective Teachers do… • • • • • • Clear Learning Intentions Challenging success criteria Range of learning strategies Know when students are not progresing Providing feedback Visibly learns themselves ~ Prof. John Hattie
    7. 7. So that students… • Understand learning intentions • Are challenged by success criteria • Develop a range of learning strategies • Know when they are not progressing • Seek feedback • Visibly teach tehmselves ~ Prof John Hattie
    8. 8. • • • • • The Power to Engage Students use technology already It's not going to go away...it will only grow Professional development Employers want their workers to use internet tools
    9. 9. “If our kids are going to live longer than us, they need to have a passion for learning to sustain them. Not content knowledge, but learning to learn. One eighth of the 21st century is gone already – get cracking with 21st century learning” Stephen Heppell
    10. 10. “Teaching is an art form not a delivery system.” “A tool is only as powerful as the creativity of the person who uses it.” “A cupboard full of instruments does not produce music – a suitcase of web tools does not lead to creativity on it’s own.” Sir Ken Robinson
    11. 11. Word clouds • Brainstorming at the beginning of a unit • As a check that students have understood all the terms used in a topic • A summary of a unit of work
    12. 12. Wordle for word clouds
    13. 13. Tagxedo for word clouds
    14. 14. Notice boards and sticky notes • • • • • Brainstorming Exit slips – what have you learnt? Questions students have about a topic Surveys – what do you want to learn? Reminders
    15. 15. www.padlet.com
    16. 16. Linoit for student feedback http://linoit.com/users/brittgow/canvases/Web2.0%20tools%20I%20have%20used
    17. 17. Concept maps • At the beginning of a unit to outline the scope • Student-created to demonstrate understanding of a topic
    18. 18. https://bubbl.us
    19. 19. Digital Buckets • Collate a range of different digital sites – videos, web sites, images • One URL where students can access multiple resources • Use for direct instruction or project based learning
    20. 20. www.thinglink.com
    21. 21. https://www.blendspace.com
    22. 22. Voicethread • • • • • • • • Voice Text Annotations with colour Can be embedded in blogs, wikis etc. Multiple people can comment on images Can upload photos or videos from files, Flickr Searchable Assessment tool
    23. 23. http://quizlet.com
    24. 24. http://www.quizrevolution.com
    25. 25. Quizzes • • • • • Terms and definitions Student created for peer assessment Quizlet has options (flashcards, study, test) Can add images with Quiz Revolution Saved online and searchable
    26. 26. Google Drive
    27. 27. Google Drive • • • • Shared documents Shared presentations Create forms (for student surveys) Embed into blogs and wikis
    28. 28. 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.
    29. 29. QR codes • Treasure hunts • Mystery organs/systems/animals/plants • Link to student-created quizzes, videos, wiki pages
    30. 30. Comics and cartoons
    31. 31. "Pivot" is software that allows creation of stick figure animations that can be converted to video.
    32. 32. Your students can enter the 60 second science competition by explaining a scientific concept. http://www.60secondscience.net/
    33. 33. Products for Assessment • • • • • • • • • Blogs > global2 or edublogs Slideshows > Slideshare Animations > ToonDo Cartoons > ComicLife E-Posters > Glogster Digital stories > Photostory Team work > Wikispaces Mash-ups > Windows Movie Maker; iMovie Videos > You-Tube; Vimeo
    34. 34. Practical considerations • • • • • • • Technology does not replace experiments Does every student have access to devices? Does every student have internet access? Preferred learning styles? Concentration span – mix it up! Plan B and Plan C Best tool for the job of learning
    35. 35. Thank you! • Brittgow@gmail.com • Twitter - @brittgow • Technoscience blog http://technoscience.global2.vic.gov.au
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