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Science Learning around the Globe


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This presentation was prepared for the 3P Love Learning Conference in Sydney, 8th August, 2014.

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Science Learning around the Globe

  1. 1. Science Learning Around the Globe Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P12 College
  2. 2. Science and Maths teacher Hawkesdale P12 College SW Victoria Technoscience blog since 2008 Twitter @brittgow
  3. 3. “Science is the foundation of our future and it’s very important that we remember that.” ~ Megan Clark, CEO of CSIRO and recipient of the Order of Australia this year.
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. • The Power to Engage • Students use technology already • It's not going to go will only grow • Professional development • Employers want their workers to use internet tools
  6. 6. Aim: To engage students and allow them to connect, communicate and collaborate with peers and experts around the globe and enhance their understanding of science concepts.
  7. 7. via blogs & wikis
  8. 8. via Skype @ScientistMags via Twitter @genegeek
  9. 9. via Blackboard Collaborate
  10. 10. via Polycom via Facebook
  11. 11. Over 50,000 views and 1,200 downloads on Slideshare
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  13. 13. Social Networks • Edublogs – • Wikispaces - • Twitter - • Skype - • Slideshare - • YouTube - • Facebook –
  14. 14. What do these sites have in common? • Sign up with a username and password • Sometimes you can use another platform (eg. Google or Facebook) • Create a profile (image, occupation, interests) • Share an object (text, image, slideshow, video) • Connect with people based on interests • Comment, ‘Like’, Discuss and Share
  15. 15. How can you find teachers willing to work together to create global projects? • Science Blogs • Twitter (#scichat) • Skype for Education • Nings (Classroom2.0) • Conferences (online and F2F) • Facebook for Educators
  16. 16. What tools can you use to allow students to learn collectively? • Google docs (upload to spreadsheets) • Edmodo (create classes online) • Wikispaces (Wetpaint or PBwiki) • Skype • Voicethread • Blackboard Collaborate
  17. 17. 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 asynchronously. We have met at Ecolinc, Bacchus Marsh in term 1, Grampians in term 2 and at EcoBeach Apollo Bay YHA during term 3 holidays.
  18. 18. Some Global Science Projects... • Google Science Fair • Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) • The Moon Project • SHOUT Tree banding program • Online Science Fair • International Energy Challenge With varying degrees of collaboration.
  19. 19. Google Science Fair
  20. 20. “The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry- based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSP’s) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.”
  21. 21. GLOBE Science Projects
  22. 22. World Moon Project
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  24. 24. Online Science Fair • Students chose individual projects using the “Science Buddies” site. • Teachers set up a wiki in which each student had a page with a template. • Template showed which parts of the project need to be completed each week. • The aim was to upload a digital product (slideshow, video or Voicethread) that explained their hypothesis, results and an explanation.
  25. 25. International Energy Challenge
  26. 26. International Energy Challenge • A Seimen’s STEM project, initiated by teachers in USA. • Five schools in four countries each looked at Renewable and Non-renewable Energy sources. • The main focus was a wiki, with all resources linked or embedded to pages for each school and energy source. • Students worked together in groups around 12 different forms of energy.
  27. 27. International Energy Challenge • Each group produced a wiki for research and discussion and a Voicethread. • The conclusion of the project was an online “Town Meeting”, using Blackboard Collaborate, moderated by older students, in which each group nominated a spokesperson who outlined their case for that particular form of energy, stating the positive case and outlining why other forms of energy where inferior.
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  29. 29. SHOUT Tree Banding Project • An international project sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. • Resources available online (YouTube videos, website and downloads) • A tree-banding kit is sent out, which contains all the necessary materials and equipment to measure tree growth using dendrometers. • Data is uploaded to the website for scientists to use in climate change analysis.
  30. 30. CSIRO Scientists in Schools •
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. Skype in the Classroom •
  33. 33. @genegeek Catherine Anderson, a geneticist from Canada.
  34. 34. @ScienceMags Magdeline Lum, a Metallurgist, photographer and science writer from Perth
  35. 35. Polycom with GTAC • Grade 5 to VCE Biology •
  36. 36. Polycom with Gene Technology Access Centre, Melbourne
  37. 37. Collaborations around the Planet CAP Space -
  38. 38. Facebook Pages for science lovers • Science Alert • I F*cking Love Science • Australian Science Teacher’s Association • ScienceDaily • ABC Science • Climate Reality • An Inconvenient Truth
  39. 39. Citizen Science • “Scientific research, conducted in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists, often by crowd-sourcing or crowd-funding.” • “The systematic collection and analysis of data; development of technology; testing of phenomena and the dissemination of these activities by researchers primarily on an avocational basis.”
  40. 40. Citizen Science Apps • OzAtlas “Atlas of Living Australia” • Ecolinc “Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains Flora and Fauna Field Guide” • ClimateWatch • Leafsnap • Project Noah