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O'Connor- summer activities 2011


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Examples of my work - to show what summer students and I did and to demonstrate different techniques with technology that we will be integrating.

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O'Connor- summer activities 2011

  1. 1. With info about requirements for this assignment<br />Eileen O’Connor<br />All about me & my summer vacation<br />With tips & links about using features like these in your work<br />
  2. 2. What YOU will need to create<br />Brief pre-MAT background<br />Info about your teaching, if you are doing so now:<br />What school, grade level, classes<br />Are you a TA or the official teacher? <br />Personal background, that you may choose to share (not required) <br />The use of schematics (see my Venn diagram) and images with callouts – to talk about yourself , your present teaching, or your anticipated teaching<br />In the first week you will create an introductory PowerPoint about yourself that you will post in and then put the link in your course; details in the course <br />A picture can be worth a thousand words . . . and you can get some ideas from my techniques<br />
  3. 3. Loved ones<br />Daughters & sons<br />Son-in-law<br />Skinny hubbie<br />Grandchildren <br />Me<br />
  4. 4. My background highlights<br />Education <br />B.A. – biology w/ chemistry minor, College of New Rochelle, 1969 <br />Masters of Civil Eng – in Environmental Science & Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of NY, 1981<br />Ph.D. – Science Education & Instructional Technology – University at Albany, 1997<br />Work summary – link to resume: <br />K12 Teaching – 4th grade & science 4th – 8th (1969-70)<br />Chemistry – Dept of Labs & Research & Technicon (1975-1980)<br />IBM (1980-1989)<br />Consulting in K12 – Albany, Troy / science & tech professional development (1998 – 2004) <br />Higher Ed – 1990 – present <br />College of St. Rose – chemistry & computers 1990 – 1996<br />U-Albany – 1998 – 2008 (teacher ed part time faculty) <br />RPI – 1998 – 2001 (summer, teacher ed program) <br />Empire State College – 2004 – present (Master of Arts in Teaching program) <br />
  5. 5. My educational philosophies<br />
  6. 6. What follows: <br />My work with the STEP program <br />Fun with a microorganism study and with date probes <br />Neat ways to save research – MindMeister & Diigo<br />Our course website – you’ll make your own too<br />Super science projects that MAT masters created this summer<br />
  7. 7. Working with STEP<br />Every summer I work with the Science Technology Entry Program at U-Albany<br />This summer we worked in the Second Life virtual island<br />The students planned for a day about a game they could make in this 3-D environment<br />They only got about 1 hr. to make games because of tech issues . . . but they were engaged, learning, and having fun<br />Students are not shown for privacy reasons <br />
  8. 8. Worked w/ urban middle school students on a Second Life project<br />
  9. 9. Students select the available “shapes” for a 3-dimensional game<br />
  10. 10. Then they use the 2-dimensional shapes in Microsoft’s drawing program to further develop their games<br />
  11. 11. They had their first introduction to the virtual location<br />
  12. 12. They tested avatar appearance and clothing <br />
  13. 13. Now, students were really adventuresome<br />
  14. 14. Creativity and boldness were evident<br />
  15. 15. Texting on the computer; talking in real time – learning new techniques<br />
  16. 16. They adjusted avatars’ appearances, and moved the camera angles<br />
  17. 17. They interpreted menus & made complex shapes <br />
  18. 18. Some shapes became vehicles, with scripts that made them move<br />
  19. 19. STEP students made real advances<br />
  20. 20. “Kitchen” science <br />Can always be a good way to have students see science in the world around them <br />. . . thus, I played with some experiments <br />You’ll see more about these in the course, but for now, see the pictures and click-on the videos to see what I was testing <br />
  21. 21. Prepping for the virus/bacteria unit<br />A wonderfully gross bread study to bring a kitchen science focus to a virus/bacteria study with a literacy focus <br />It’s not finished yet; my grandchildren loved the project<br /> - first 2 weeks of the study<br /> - images & details in a PowerPoint presentation that was uploaded to<br />
  22. 22. Some startup work with data probes<br />But I erased some video by mistake, oops<br /> - see equipment used here<br />
  23. 23. I took temperature curves of heated water for different solutions – and then brought them into Excel & had fun with the graph format<br />
  24. 24. Making planning & sharing even easier <br />Mindmeister – lets you work collaboratively (you can be editing from different home computers) through the web on:<br />organizing ideas (the maps help you plan), and <br />saving resources<br />Using e-bookmark<br />Never collect a good resource without having open; you don’t have the time to waste<br />
  25. 25. Using mapping to show concepts AND to save links and materials <br />The visual layout of the materials can help you keep organized; you can assess students through mapping too<br />Links & info has been attached to many of these branches<br />
  26. 26. E-bookmarking – saving resources is easy & sharing is easy too <br />I saved a lot to share with you on microorganism<br />
  27. 27. Of course, we will need a website<br />You will need your own website too – so easy with Google Sites & other vendors<br />I save my work under SER/VE – the STEM Exploratory Real/Virtual Environment – there will be many tutorials accessible from and other sites I will be sending you<br />
  28. 28. Summer science projects<br />Wonderful work – students selected, studied, and developed science projects to engage students in learning science more deeply <br />They created wikis/websites that explained the projects <br />They created pods in Second Life to explain their work <br />In the following you can see an image from the presentation of their science project in Second Life – come and visit these pod in the SER/VE Second Life private island this semester, after the semester begins<br />
  29. 29. Sharing & learning <br />The next 8 slides highlight the projects & the tech used to display them (see notes at the bottom)<br />
  30. 30. A great summer – great enzyme/disease study & good links to free technologies ( <br />
  31. 31. A great summer – one of the presenters had his class study the Bronx River<br />
  32. 32. A great summer – a useful project, with how-to info & YouTubes<br />
  33. 33. A great summer – learning from students & their science projects <br />A visit to a fishery engages many different skills<br />
  34. 34. A great summer – ocean issues too? and excellent info on using e-tools in the classroom <br />This group made YouTubes too<br />
  35. 35. A great summer – learning about science & literacy from parks & backyards<br />This is blank until the speaker clicked on the embedded website<br />
  36. 36. A great summer – learning from students & their science projects <br />This is a website that is linked into Second Life<br />
  37. 37. A great summer – solar cars can integrate many different areas in physics instruction<br />
  38. 38. Thinking ahead <br />Soon, you will be developing understandings, ideas, and materials for your classrooms <br />And, you will be working with colleagues to learn and share <br />LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!!! Eileen <br />