Science for Grades 6-8 Since Science is a requirement for allstudents in grades 6-8, it makes sense tomeet the needs of all students. As a way to meet the needs of allstudents, web 2.0 tools can help teachersand students
What are Web 2.0 Tools? Digital Tools ranging online to tablets Tools that create or support a virtuallearning environment. Tools that support communication andcultivate relationships. Resources to support teaching andlearning. Tools enabling students to showcase workand take pride in their learning.
How will these tools help myscience curriculum? Open lines of communication Provide collaboration opportunities Enhance the learning experience Showcase students’ work Differentiate & Meet all students’ needs Motivate students and teachers Make learning EASY!!!
Web 2.0 Tools for EarthScience: The Kahn Academy Solar Storm Watch Science Spot PhET McGrawhill Virtual Labs GoogleSky NOVA Kids Science Experiments Discovery Kids
More Earth Science Resources: Ocean Observing Science Bill Nye Science Guy Do-it-Yourself Demos Monterey Bay Aquarium ResearchInstitute NASA - Kids Club Earth Rise on the Moon: Shoot a Cannon into Orbit Your Weight on Other Planets
Tools for Life Science: McGrawhill Virtual Labs PhET- (simulations and virtual labs) Science Spot (lesson plans) GoAnimate (create animated presentations) Zunal (webquest creator) Kids Science Experiments (virtual experiments & lessonplans) Discovery Kids (science games & activities) EcoKids (lessons & interactive games on ecology and eco-friendly discussions National Geographic Environmental News (news headlines) Switcharoo Zoo (interactive game with animals- great forclassification!) Voki (animation for presentations) Edublog – (blogging sites like these create wonderfuloutside of classroom discussions!)
Just for Biology…Comparison of Meiosis andMitosisMitosis and Cytokinesis Mitosis with MusicControl of the Cell Cycle(game)PBS: Evolution (programresources)The Kahn AcademyDNA Workshop Virtual Heart SurgeryVital Scanning ElectronMicroscope ActivityDigestion.swf InteractiveActivityVirtual Eye DissectionThe Biology Project:Karyotyping ActivityDNA Extraction Activity Brain PopThe Biology Project: OnionCell ActivityVirtual Salmon DissectionAnimated Tutorials - GeneralBiologyThe Human Genome ProjectHow the Body Works -Digestive SystemCells AliveGenetic Science LearningCenterEdHeads Interactive ScienceGamesInside the Cell (interactivetour)Biology in MotionEukaryotic Cell Animation
Let’s Get Physical… Fear of Physics(Laws of Physics) FreezeRay(Animations and simulations) My Physics Lab(Interactive Physical Science simulations) PhET(simulations and labs)
iPad Apps Science 360 VideoScience Quick Graph Brain Pop DataAnalysis Science Lab Frog Dissection Rat Dissection iCell Mitosis DiseaseGame Prognosis MindMash The RockCycle eQuakeMap Human Body My Heart Rate 3D Brain Virtual Heart Build a Body Food Web Little Preds Creatures ofthe Light
So how do I use theseresources?The links in the other slides can be used toenhance already designed lessons orcreated new curriculum!Example:The link: DNA Extraction Activity provides alesson on how to extract DNA with studentsOR has a “virtual” extraction activity!
Some more examples…Using GoAnimate allows you to createresearch projects for students. Instead ofpresenting research in front of the class witha poster or power point, the studentscreated an animated video explaininginformation.See link for lesson plan example:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Iv2CpmWRflJZDQzWsf11eoHJPtrWR-M4B_sQH61u2LM/edit?usp=drive_web
And… Zunal (webquest creator) is a great toolthat allows you to create your ownwebquests to teach material OR “borrow”someone else’s already createdwebquest!Example of a Webquest I created:http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=136064%20
What about the apps?? Rat Dissection App for iPads instead ofdissecting a preserved rat. Saves money andtime!! (I actually use the Frog Dissection appfor students to use as a resource whendissecting a preserved frog!!) QRReader can be used to read QR codes fornotes (I have my students go on a “scavengerhunt” around the school to find the codeswhich are definitions to vocabulary terms)
Endless Possibilities…When it comes to deciding which Web 2.0tools to use, just keep in mind they aremeant to enhance the learning experienceand be student –centered, not take awayfrom the learning!!
One more thing…In addition to all the resources mentioned, thereare even more found in the following links:http://www.protopage.com/egaunce#Untitled/Bookmarkshttps://delicious.com/#eringaunce2Also, due to my experience as a 7th gradescience teacher, my classroom wiki may alsocome in hand:http://gauncesscienceclass.wikispaces.com/home