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H Herald January Issue


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H Herald January Issue

  1. 1. . . . Ms. Hughley's Herald Technology in the January 2006 Volume 1, Issue 1 Classroom By A.M. Hughley The presence of computers, audio-visual SmartBoard and other multi-media equipment Inside this Issue By connecting one of the 10 new SWW greatly enhance the learning experience SmartBoards to the desktop computer, for students. 1 Biology I student were able to study and Technology in the Classroom review material in a new way. By using Mobile Laboratory this computerized projection screen, I During the fall, we were lucky enough 1 was able to provide students with Reading across the to have a mobile lab of 25 G4 iBook Curriculum. images of cells taken from electron computers placed in room 105. With microscopes (a topic recently studied) the hard work of SWW Technology 2 as well as draw on these images to help Using the City as a team members, Raphael Suarez and Classroom the students identify key structures such Zackery Lee, the computers are being as: mitochondria and the endoplasmic loaded with multiple software programs 2 reticulum. Bringing Realistic that will enhance the learning Scenarios into the experience for Biology I students. Technology in the Class… Classroom 2 Students have already used the laptops What’s Next (Continued from Page 1) to complete microscope activities at the Reading across the website which included a gallery of color enhanced microscopic Curriculum images. This website allowed students to observe microscopic images that our in-school microscopes lack the By Rhonda Barton resolution to capture. The following is an excerpt from the By the end of January, all the iBooks article The Two R’s, Literacy Lessons will be fully loaded with software. for High School in Northwest Included among the computer programs Education ,Vol. 10 (1). is an interactive pdf version of the Biology textbook, “Biology, The For Erin Rogers, the need to teach Dynamics of Life, the companion reading to high school students came as interactive CD-ROM that includes a revelation—even after seven years as virtual labs and other ancillary learning an English teacher. quot;I didn't realize that activities for students, “From Double kids had problems with decoding,quot; she Helix to Human Genome” an interactive sighs. After administering a DVD from NIH, and Logger Pro 3, a standardized pre-test, 85 percent School Without Walls SHS data collection and analysis software couldn't answer the question 'At what 2130 G Street, NW that works in conjunction with a occasion would this poem be read?'quot; Washington, DC classroom set of probes and sensors. When Rogers asked the question in .......................
  2. 2. January 2006 . We also used the SmartBoard with . Using the City as a Classroom Inspiration6, visual learning . software. Students came to the . By A.M.Hughley board and designed their versions of What’s Next in concept maps from biology terms Biology I students used DC as their Biology I? provided to them. They moved the classroom with their first of three terms around on the board then trips to the Smithsonian Museum of added appropriate lines to show key Natural History. Students visited STANDARDS: C1. The cell; C5. relationships between the terms. the Early Life exhibit to learn how Matter, energy, and organization in Once the class agreed upon the most the key chemicals for life finally living systems. correct versions, I was able to save organized to form the first organism, the concept map, print it and provide a prokaryotic cell, similar to today’s ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is a the entire class with a copy. This is cell and how does it function? photosynthetic cyanobacteria. truly interactive learning. Physiology Laboratories During the month of October, I will continue to look for new way In Human Anatomy and Physiology students will begin their study of to make learning interactive and classe, students have traveled twice cell structure and function in incorporate this technology into to Catholic University’s Discovery Chapter 6 of the textbook, classroom activities. Center to participate in the labs, The Cellular Transport and the Cell Effect of Drugs on Daphnia sp. and Cycle. Food Chemistry during the months of November and December. Specifically they will be focusing on the following topics: Continued from Page 1 Tips and Tricks Cellular Transport class, it became apparent that the Using concept maps like the one Active and Passive Transport students were avoiding the word pictured below are a great way to Cell Tonicity quot;occasionquot; and that it had no help students study biology. They meaning for them. quot;Once you tell Cell Growth and Reproduction can quiz themselves on key biology them it's an event, something that's Cell Cycle vocabulary as they demonstrate their planned, then they show they really Mitosis knowledge of relationships between do know the answer,quot; she explains. key concepts in a unit or subunit. quot;It was that one word that held them Control of the Cell Cycle This is just one of several tools back.quot; Enzymatic Controls educators are encouraged to employ Cancer Risk Factors when teaching reading across the Rogers is also trying to convert curriculum. other teachers to the need to infuse This unit will be followed by literacy lessons across the Chapter 9 in the text, Energy in a curriculum, though she admits that's Cell. not going to happen overnight. quot;We're trying to change a paradigm Human Anatomy & and a way of thinking that everyone's not comfortable with Physiology moving to that quickly,quot; she admits. quot;I think it will happen. NCLB is STANDARDS: C5. Matter, energy, forcing it to happen. It almost has to and organization in living systems. be grassroots though... I start with a few people who trust me, and put During the month of January, out fingers. It might take three or students will continue their study four years for people to get on of the musculoskeletal systems in board, and not everyone will, but I Chapters 7, 8 and 10 in the text. hope I can show (them) this is the right thing to do. It's good for kids Continued on Page 4 and they really, really like it.quot; 2 ........................
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