Tech At Bam Jan 14

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A summary of how the EETT grant helps fund the Science/Tech program at Berkeley Arts Magnet.

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Tech At Bam Jan 14

  1. 1. Science and Technology at Berkeley Arts Magnet   January 14, 2009
  2. 2. Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) • Berkeley USD received $335,000 from this Title II Part D grant in 2007 to provide resources and training to Science Resource Teachers (SRTs) so that they can integrate more technology into the science classroom. • Provides funding for two year implementation of the grant with a goal of increasing students’ use and skills with 21st century tools
  3. 3. Goals of EETT Grant in BUSD • Increase student use of technology through authentic use and practice in the science classroom • Students will participate in the following experiences: – Use word processing to document experiment results (i.e. Microsoft Word) – Entering data and calculating numbers with a spreadsheet and creating graphs (i.e. Microsoft Excel) – Searching web databases for information – Use handheld probes to gather information – Post responsibly to school science blog
  4. 4. Equipment Purchased by EETT (received by each elementary school in BUSD) • Laptop Cart, including wireless router and printer for each school • 10 Laptops for the cart plus one for the teacher’s use • LCD projector • Document Camera • Vernier Probeware and probes; a handheld tool that allows students to take readings and conduct experiments using a handheld tool (examples include temperature probes and magnetism probes)
  5. 5. Positions Provided Through EETT to Support Teachers • Technology Support – (.20) Claire Scott – Provides tech support to Science Release Teachers (SRTs) both one- on-one and in customized group workshops and trainings. • Science and Technology Integration – (.20) Christina Green – Assist in planning and presenting trainings and workshops for SRTs – Create lessons integrating technology component with FOSS kits and creating binders for current and future staff • EETT Support (.10 FTE) - Audrey Amos – conducting SRT observations twice a year, – Giving student surveys twice a year and collecting – preparing all that data for the grant.
  6. 6. Science @ BAM • Every 4th and 5th grade class has 2 science classes twice a week to provide preparation time for classroom teachers • BUSD adopted a new Science curriculum in 2006, FOSS (Full Option Science System) – FOSS curriculum includes textbooks and materials kits for experiments. • Typical FOSS model for lessons is to conduct 2 hands- on experiments and read from the FOSS text (literacy component).
  7. 7. Science and Technology @ BAM • During science classes and lessons BAM students participate in a variety of technology integration activities thanks to EETT: – Document science lessons on BAM blog
  8. 8. Science and Technology @ BAM • Use computers to do – Research on Science topics – View educational videos on web sites such as Discovery.com, – Create PowerPoints as an authentic assessment tool on scientific topics
  9. 9. Example Projects (cont.) • Unit Review Video o Appeals to multiple intelligences o Increased participation
  10. 10. Sharing What We Learn • In addition to learning how to use technology, students can share their experiences with the families and friends. • Teaches responsible online communication • This chart shows the visits to the classroom blog. Science Blog (www.msgreenscience.blogspot.com)
  11. 11. Questions?

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