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Online Science & Virtual Labs

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In this webinar, we will explore current best practices and resources for teaching science and science labs online. You will view online science courses, learn about resources for virtual labs, and meet with an online science teacher and Dr. Kemi Jona from iLabs.

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Online Science & Virtual Labs

  1. 1. Online Science and Virtual Labs With Your Host: Dr. Julia Parra Featuring Amy Ewing & Dr. Kemi Jona
  2. 2. What is a Myofibril? http://www.science-groove.org/Now/Myofibrils.html
  3. 3. What is an immediate take-away from this webconferencing we just did?
  4. 4. Online Science Course Showcase <ul><li>Let’s go take a peek at some online science courses :) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BIOLOGY SEMESTER 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GEOLOGY SEMESTER 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY SEM 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EARTH SCIENCE (6TH GRADE) SEMESTER 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SEMESTER 1 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Amy Ewing Teacher, Las Cruces High School eTeacher, IDEAL-NM, Chemistry B.A., NMSU, Secondary General Science Education M.A. NM Tech, Master of Science Teaching
  6. 6. Best Practices <ul><li>Take the time to create an address book. </li></ul><ul><li>Make yourself available for chat, but recognize science can be difficult to explain via chat. </li></ul><ul><li>Assign students to tally discussion posts. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students post days off/holidays to the discussion board. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Give your students activities they can learn from by being able to interact . </li></ul>Interaction is Important Balancing equations: http://www.mpcfaculty.net/mark_bishop/balancing_equations_tutorial.htm Rube Goldberg device: http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/goldburgertogo/rubegame.html Virtual Lab at Virtlab: http://www.virtlab.com/main.aspx Chemistry (Plastics, PCR, polymers), Physics (transistors, lasers, circuits) and Biology (Pavlov’s Dog, Malaria, The Cell, DNA and RNA): http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/all_productions.php
  8. 8. Online Science Course Showcase <ul><li>Amy’s online science course in action :) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Focus on Virtual Labs <ul><li>Online science issues/debate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Science accreditation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can labs really be done online? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Kemi Jona, PhD Northwestern University <ul><li>Conducting R&D on advanced learning technologies since 1989 </li></ul><ul><li>Research Associate Professor, Learning Sciences and Computer Science in School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Office of STEM Education Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic advisor on learning technologies & STEM education to education, government, and private sector organizations </li></ul>
  11. 11. Advantages of The iLab Network <ul><li>Broadens access to expensive or delicate high-end equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Provides students with access to remotely-hosted science lab facilities rather than just local ones </li></ul><ul><li>More time on task / less setup & cleanup </li></ul><ul><li>More experimental runs </li></ul><ul><li>Safer </li></ul><ul><li>Can do labs before and after class, at home – not limited to 50 min class period </li></ul><ul><li>Share & compare data locally or globally – just like scientists do </li></ul><ul><li>Enables new economic models and public/private partnerships for provisioning lab equipment for schools </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Radioactivity Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum written by Northwestern University and pilot tested by over 1000 students is available for general use NOW </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact us for teacher materials and professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four new curriculum adaptations of the original Radioactivity iLab Curriculum for biology, chemistry, AP Physics, and math written by Chicago-area high school teachers </li></ul></ul>What we have available for high schools now www.iLabCentral.org/radioactivity
  13. 13. Online & Virtual Labs Resources <ul><li>http://retapedia.pbworks.com/Online-Science-and-Virtual-Labs </li></ul>
  14. 14. Elementary Resources <ul><li>Brain Pop Free Stuff http://www.brainpop.com/free_stuff/ </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Science Adventures http://www.sandia.gov/ciim/ISA/ </li></ul><ul><li>Field Trip Earth http://www.fieldtripearth.org/ </li></ul>
  15. 15. Middle School Resources <ul><li>Science Pirates http://sciencepirates.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Brain Pop Free Stuff http://www.brainpop.com/free_stuff/ </li></ul><ul><li>General Science Resources for Middle School http://wwwsldirectory.com/teachf/scied.html </li></ul><ul><li>Scienceinquirer  http://scienceinquirer.wikispaces.com/freestuff </li></ul>
  16. 16. High School Resources <ul><li>Watershed Dynamics (GIS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GLOBE Watershed Dynamics Project Site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.globe.gov/projects/watersheds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My World GIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://myworldgis.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>iLabs (Remote online labs) Northwestern University http://www.ilabcentral.org </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Late Nite Labs (Chemistry Lab Simulations http://www.latenitelabs.com </li></ul><ul><li>PhET Interactive Simulations http://phet.colorado.edu </li></ul><ul><li>The ChemCollective http://www.chemcollective.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics Online Virtual Labs http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/index.html </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Discovery Education - http://www.discoveryeducation.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check out the Programs and Free Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Products & Services, Free 30-day trial, subscription based, Teacher Center has a Mythbusters series. Planet Earth is there too! Check out the Featured Series or do a search  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian Education Online Learning http://smithsonianeducation.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct to Science & Technology - http://smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/science_technology.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One World Journeys - http://oneworldjourneys.com/ </li></ul>Other Cool Stuff
  18. 18. Music Resources <ul><li>Educational Rap http://www.educationalrap.com/music/science/ </li></ul><ul><li>Science Groove http://www.science-groove.org/ Make sure to fully preview these, I’m glad I did  </li></ul>
  19. 19. Game Resources <ul><li>10 Sources of Educational Science Games http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/04/10-sources-of-educational-science-games.html </li></ul><ul><li>Planet Science http://www.planet-science.com/wired/index.html?page=/wired/games/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Brand new EdGames http://people.uncw.edu/ertzbergerj/all.html </li></ul>

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