Technology can be used in many ways in the math and science classroom to communicate, collaborate, conduct research and to solve problems. -Interactive white boardsThere are several different types of interactive whiteboards. These interactive whiteboards can be used with many different programs including the internet, kidspiration, powerpoint, etc. The whiteboards can be used for students to collaboratly work on problems. For example white boards come with special “markers” to use in writing on the whiteboard. These markers could easily be used for students to write on the board to solve math problems together. Many whitebaords can also be connected to computers in the classroom so that each student can see what is being written on the whiteboard directly on their computer at their desk! -EmailIn today’s world email has just become a way of life. Many people use email to be social, but there are also many ways that email can be used. For example, teachers could use email to keep in touch with students and parents about upcoming projects, events, to tell them what is going on in the classroom, how their students are doing in the class, etc. Email can also be used in the school setting for students to keep in touch with one another. This can be used in upper grade classrooms for students working on projects to collaborate over email over progress, research, for science projects or questions on math homework. -InternetThe internet is used almost daily in today’s schools. The internet can be used several different ways in a math and science classroom. Students can use the internet to do research for science projects or essays. Teachers can also find information on the internet to use in teaching their students about science. For example, a teacher doing a lesson plan on space could use the NASA website to find very informative information about astronauts and space. The internet can also be used for teacher’s to have students participate in webquests. Webquests are a way for teacher’s to have the student’s do their own learning and research on the internet while staying at a few select sites. Webquests are useful for teachers to ensure that students are going to the correct sites and learning the correct information. There are many example of both math and science webquests that could be used in the classroom for all grade levels. Although the internet gives students a vast amount of information to research, there are many sites out there that have incorrect information. It is important that students pick good sites that will give them the best of information. An example of a site that would be a good one to use in the science classroom is the National Science Foundation Digital Library
Many teachers find productivity tools such as slideshows and spreadsheet programs very useful in the classroom. -PowerPointSlideshow programs such as PowerPoint can be used in countless ways in both math and science classrooms. For example in a math classroom powerpoint could be used to teach children how to add and subtract. This could be done with pictures representing the adding and subtracting on the slides, while the teacher is teaching the concept to the students. The students could be working hands on with something and also watching step by step how to do the math on the powerpoint. This could be helpful for students who could not quite understand what the teacher was explaining but may be able to understand it once they see it played out on the powerpoint. Slideshows could also be use in science lectures or presentations. Teachers could used PowerPoint while they are lecturing to put the main points up on the screen for the students. They could also use powerpoint to show students picture examples of what they are teaching about. For example a teacher who is teaching about weather could have a slide with the main parts of water cycle written and then the next slide could have a picture of the water cycle so students could better understand what the teacher was talking about. Powerpoint could also be used in the same way by students who are presenting something to the class. ExcelSpreadsheets can also be used in several different ways in the math and science classroom. For example, a spreadsheet program such as excel could be used to make line graphs, circle graphs, etc to compare different things to students. For example, a graph could be used in the science classroom to compare the temperature in different parts of the world. Excel could also be used to make tables where students in science class could later gather information that they find in experiments. Excel could also be used in the math classroom to make graphs out of statistics.
There are many online games that can be useful in helping students review information that they have already learned in class. It is important that students already know that information and understand it well before playing these games. An example of educational math games on the internet would be math playground. At the math playground website students can play many different types of games that deal with lots of different types of math and are at different levels on math. Another example of educational games that can be found online in a site called funschool. This site has both science and math games that cover an array of topics and grade levels. Kidspiration is a software that can be used in a science classroom for students to make an idea web of concepts that they are learning about in their class. This could be used to help students study the main points before a test, summarize something they learned in class, or pick out the main ideas about a topic. Another way that multimedica can be used inside the classroom is through videos. There are many informational videos that can be shown by a teacher. A great example of informational videos that can be both informational and fun is the Magic School Bus videos. These videos can be fun and humerous for students while always teaching some important subject in science such as the human body, electricity, water, etc.
Primary Grade self-evaluation teamwork rubric This is a rubric for children to grade themselves on how well they worked as a team member. The pictures on the top depict pieces of a sandwich. The first column is only a piece of bread, the second column is a piece of bread and some toppings, the third column is an entire sandwich.This self evaluation could be used for any group projects in math and/or science. Great for younger students!Scientific Procedure RubricThis is a rubric that would be used in higher level science classes. The rubric is broken down into novice, apprentice, practitioner, and expert, based on how well the student follows the steps of the scientific methodElementary Science Scoring Rubric This rubric focuses also focuses on the use of the scientific method and is broken down by distinguished, satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or no response. Areas considered when grading are research question/prediction, review of literature, experimental procedure, results/data, and conclusion.This rubric would be great for middle school science classes when students have learned about the scientific method and are practicing the steps. This rubric is recommended for use on group projects, such as Science Fair projects.
Educational Technology in Math and Science<br />Cassidy Wagner<br />Megan Bowen<br />Anissa Mann<br />Jessica Cravens<br />Nick Arnold<br />
Main Concepts<br />Issues and problems in mathematics and science.<br /><ul><li>Technology Integration Strategies for Mathematics Instruction
Technology Integration Strategies for Science Instruction</li></li></ul><li>How Devices such as scanners, digital cameras, and or video cameras can be used with computer systems and software in mathematics and science<br />Digital Cameras<br />MATH-Take a picture of one object; take a picture of two objects and so on.<br />MATH-Take a picture of buildings to looks at measurements to scale<br />SCIENCE-Take a picture of as insects as you can find in your house/backyard.<br />Scanners<br />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<br />Video Cameras<br />SCIENCE-Videotape different types of animals, reptiles, etc to be shown in class<br />.<br />
Using technology to communicate, collaborate, conduct research, and/or solve problems in math and science class<br />Interactive white boards<br />Solving problems<br />Email<br />Contacting parents <br />Students collaboration<br />Internet<br />Research<br />Webquests<br />
Using productivity tools such as slideshows and spreadsheets in math and science<br />PowerPoint<br />Teaching math (adding or subtracting)<br />Teaching science (lecture with picture examples)<br />Excel <br />Graphs<br />Comparisons<br />Tables <br />
Using multimedia tools in math and science<br />Online Educational Games/Software<br />Math Playground<br />Fun School<br />Kidspiration<br />Videos<br />Magic School Bus <br />
Adaptive/assistive devices for students with special needs<br />Software that can talk to students with visual impairments, or who cannot read<br />Computers that can enlarge images for students with visual impairments <br />Special lessons will be made for students with physical disabilities who cannot participate in hands on lessons or experiments in science class. <br />Adapting math lessons to teach students with learning disabilities more “real life examples” to help them grasp the concept <br />Teaching hands on whenever possible, for example going outside in science or math class<br />
How can students and teachers can practice socially responsible, ethical, and legal use of information from various technology in math and science?<br />Creating a policy to ensure that technology is used appropriately in the classroom<br />Rules and Regulations for using technology correctly<br />Consequences for using technology incorrectly <br />
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<br />Inform students of copyright rules before using any sort of technology<br />Have posters/signs posted around the room reminding the children of how to use technology appropriately<br />
How instructional software can be used for math and science.<br /> Tree Growth. In real life it would take years to watch a tree grow, but when using technology you can witness it in seconds.<br />http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/wagnerk/edtech580/instructionalsoftware.htm<br /> 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 <br />http://www.mathmedia.com/arsernew.html<br />Speed Math 3.0: elementary math games that help students learn arithmetic <br />http://www.caltrox.com/products/speedmath.htm<br />Star CD-Rom : elementary science games help students learn about topics like the planets, the human body, etc.<br />d. http://www.starcdrom.com/elementary-science-software.html<br />Elementary School History and Science learning System: students learn about plants, animals, etc.<br />http://www.childrenssoftwareonline.com/Default.aspx?m=item&pID=1961<br />
Teleresearch<br />http://www.pbs.org/teachers<br />The PBS website has activities for math and science both.<br />Activities for various age ranges.<br />http://school.discoveryeducation.com/index.html<br />Discovery Education for the classroom contains interesting facts and activities as well.<br />
How rubrics can be used for assessing students ?<br />Primary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric<br />Students grade themselves as how well they worked at a team member<br />Uses pictures of a sandwich (different sizes) to depict how well they did) <br />Scientific procedure rubric<br />For higher level science classes<br />Broken down into novice, apprentice, practitioner, and expert<br />Elementary science scoring rubric<br />For middle school science class<br />Focuses on the use of the scientific method<br />Broken down into distinguished, satisfactory, unsatisfactory, and no response<br />
Math Lesson PLan<br />http://www.teachnet-lab.org/miami/2003/rduarte2/lessonplan.htm<br />This is a great resource for students to use to better their math and technology skills. <br />Student s are able to develop their social skills (group interaction)<br />They learn how to create graphs online and how to incorporate formulas <br />
Summary<br />The technology field is ever-growing<br />All school subjects can incorporate technology<br />Math and Science is what we focused on specifically<br />Technology such as cameras, power points, over heads, videos, online sources, etc. can all help aid students in bettering their math and science skills. <br />Teachers should continue to emphasis on the importance of incorporating technology in the classroom.<br />