Applying Technology in theScience Classroom by: Shelly Solis
Applying technology in the classroom does several things to student learning:1. It increases interest even in rote tasks;2. it provides purpose for learning3. it can attach meaning to an ongoing lesson
Applying technology in theclassroom does several thingsto student learning:(continued)4. it provides opportunities to perceive knowledge as being related, not isolated bits5. it allows for individual student differences6. it can affect students’ attitudes toward learning.”
Purpose of TechnologyTechnology should enhance learning. There is no value in just having access to it but more important how it is used.
Types of Technology touse:Internet Websites and ProjectsDigital CamerasProbesHand-held Devices (i.e. Tablets)Software
Websites that are available WebQuests are inquiry-oriented activities that use mostly online resources. A selection of exemplary WebQuests can be found at http://webquest.sdsu.edu/matrix.html. Scroll down for the science ones. Alfys Thematic Units - Look at the science section at http://www.alfy.com/teachers/teach/thematic_units/index.asp Education-Now! at http://www.education- now.com/Science/index.htm features technology resources for Adventist Education and links to sites that correlate to the Adventist grades 5-8 science textbooks: Discover Gods Creation, Explore Gods Creation, etc. BrainPop.com: This site features short animations or movies that explain many science, biology and technology subjects and corresponds to the National Science Education Standards for grades 5-8. Also included are interactive quizzes, experiments, printable activity pages, and more. Limited access is free, and you may view three movies/day for free. Unlimited access is available for a fee.
Websites that are available(Cont’d) HowStuffWorks.com: http://express.howstuffworks.com/. Visit the Teachers Corner for lesson plans, activities, and more. Interactive Physics and Math includes illustrations that can be manipulated, such as a bouncing ball with an angled floor, a pendulum, diffraction, refraction, oscillation and more at http://www.lightlink.com/sergey/java/ GRIN - Great Images in NASA is a searchable database containing hundreds of photos from scientific to historical that you can use in projects, reports, presentations, etc.: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/index.html Try Virtual Frog Dissection at http://www- itg.lbl.gov/vfrog/dissect.html. Water Science for Schools from the U.S. Geological Survey at http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/index.html. Includes information on many aspects of water, pictures, data, maps, quizzes, etc. ChemTutor.com: Basic chemistry help for high school and college students.
Websites that are available(Cont’d) Exploring Planets in the Classroom: 25 K-12 hands-on activities from NASA at http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/index.html. Over 250 science WebQuests created by other teachers are listed here in alphabetical order by title at http://www.teach- nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/computing/web_quests/science/ Earth Science links at http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/bcisd/classres/escience.htm Life Science links at http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/bcisd/classres/lscience.htm Physical Science links at http://www.remc11.k12.mi.us/bcisd/classres/pscience.htm Creating Rubrics: If you use rubrics to assess lab reports, group projects and more, be sure to visit RubiStar at http://rubistar.4teachers.org/. This free site is supported by the US Department of Education.
Results from Using TechnologyTechnology allows teachers and students to augment the curriculum with current information and timely study of real-world events, thus making learning more dynamic, engaging, and valuable.Studies have shown that students who used simulations, microcomputer-based laboratories, and video to connect science instruction to real-world problems outperformed students who used traditional instructional methods alone.
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