I'm not a science teacher but I'm a tech integration specialist and there are so many ways to incorporate technology into science. What about create a Why? File podcast where students answer science related questions into a microphone and upload to the Internet for all to hear? Document cameras connected to a Smart Board or projector are a great way to teach how to use a microscope or look at the contents under a microscope with the whole class. There are so ways!
Great question! What grade level do you teach? Do you have an upcoming lesson or unit that you might want to integration technology into?
In the past, I have helped secondary science teachers create podcast series with their classes, document science experiments and conclusions with video and create Google Forms to help evaluate group work and participation. Like Julie stated, there are so many ways to integrate technology into your science classroom.
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I don't know which grade levels you cover as a tech integration specialist, but if you work with high school teachers, they might want to check out the The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham. It's an awesome resource with videos for all 118 elements.
Have you seen the eight online games that teach the Chemical Elements and Periodic Table? Sheppard Software offers these interactive learning tools for free. I'm sure students will enjoy the game format for learning the elements. The games progress through five levels of difficulty from Beginner to Master.
Science teachers--biology, chemistry, physics--what a great free resource for you on the web:
This website, produced by the Concord Consortium with funding from the National Science Foundation, offers dozens of interactive models, simulations, and lessons in biology, chemistry, and physics. Each of the lessons walks students through a series of concepts using a set of models and simulations.
In addition to the pre-made models, simulations, and lessons, students can create their own using the tools provided by the Molecular Workbench. This allows them to get some hands-on practice using knowledge they've gained in their science classes.
Check it out and see what you think!
Science NetLinks has a lot of resources, including the section call Tools, which points to interactives and other great resources found on the Web. We cover K-12 so if you let us know what you're looking for we can send some suggestions. Lynne's suggestions (above) is also a great one. The Concord Consortium, founded by the visionary Bob Tinker, is involved is some truly groundbreaking work.
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Scholastic is offering Study Jams to help elementary school students learn and review math and science information through songs and videos. Students search for a topic in the math or science category. Each Study Jam offers a short tutorial on that topic in the form of a video, slideshow, or song. When there is a song available, Study Jams provides a karaoke format for kids to sing along if they like. This is a great site to motivate young students to improve their math and science skills.
What do you think of Scholastic's resource?
Thanks for sharing Study Jams Lynne. I think that I can use it... the visuals are great. I just wish there was something similar for the younger crowd. I teach kinder and find that lots of what's out there is either not simple enough or is too simple! But I love finding new resources, so thanks for the tip!
Check out the science resources that eric rose posted in the discussion Favorite online "cool" tools for teaching... (Eric's post near the end) of the Online Tools for Educators group. He mentioned that Mr. R.'s World of Math and Science ( ) has a large collection of science resources especially for elementary students.
I am an instructional technologist for a high school. One project that our biology department did when they were studying ecosystems was to give a small group of students(2-3) a flip camera. The students were taken to a nature area and were instructed to do a digital scavenger hunt of various components that make up an ecosystem. Most were just average results, but one of the most interesting was a small group that pretended to be Steve Irwin from the crocodile hunter. It was humerous and they covered all of the required material for the assignment.
If you are teaching anatomy or physiology, you may like two websites that offer videos of the human anatomy in interactive three dimensional models.
I created a science Internet radio station called Kids Talk Radio. We use our iPhones and iPads to create and edit the news. At present, our news focus is on enhanced STEM topics such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, digital arts, and the study of foreign languages. We are always looking for students to report science news on Kids Talk Radio Science. Any class can get invovled and everything is free. This is our way to use technology to help to get kids excited about science. America is in 27th place in the world in science. We have to do something about this. We have to get kids excited about science. Your kids could join our student backpack journalist's team and become freelance interns for Kids Talk Radio Science. We need the stories and you need the motivational projects to get your kids excited about science. This is a good way to integrate technology into your science program. It helps when kids have a reason to write. What do we have to do to get America back in first place in science?http://www.KidsTalkRadioUSA.com
A project that I have been working on the past two years are ePortfolios. Scientists much review data and concepts. With the individual ePortfolio (GoogleSite), students have a collection of research, content descriptions, vocabulary, videos from labs, and other products throughout the year.
I love using Online simulations and activities. They engage the students during class and for homework, these are the assignments they always complete. I also love classzone.com which is a Pearson textbook complimentary website for animations/virtual labs/activities. I try to include a day of web learning every week. I also use response clickers for lectures. The students can answer questions individually by clicking on the multiple choice answer on their remote. I can then assess more clearly if the students are understanding. Other technologies I use are PowerPoints. These are a must for teaching science, as pictures/animations can be embedded in the lecture and can be used to teach to multiple learning styles.
Has anyone used Vimeo's site Simple Science to search through 91 free videos that are available for teaching science to elementary and middle school students? The videos could be used to introduce a new topic to a class or to provide additional information appropriate for embedding in a student's PowerPoint presentation.
What do you think of these videos?
I did not have the time to look at all the Simple Science videos, so this is just a comment about a few of them. I looked at the one about the first ten elements in the periodic table and I felt that there are much better online tools to introduce the periodic table because I didnt quite get the value of focusing on the first ten elements without giving students any understanding of what the underlying organization of the periodic table is, which is a key concept. The 6B Micro-organisms video, on the other hand, I thought was both cute and useful for introducing microbes to young students. It deals with micro organisms and makes the point clearly that some are harmful and some are useful, which is a key concept for elementary aged kids. So overall, I say a mixed bag, but depending on your needs some good things might be found there.
Science/AAAS offers 6 posters that are interactive and teach students about various science subjects.
The interactives accompany science articles that give an in-depth look at the subject content.
Also this website contains Science Magazine's Video Portal that offers dozens of videos covering a variety of science topics. Each of the videos is connected to an article that students can read for further information.
I have students do online lab reports. They are similar in every way to regular lab reports except students post them on their own personal webpages. I have them use Wikispaces for this. This is nice because they can no longer claim that a student who is absent has their data. All the data must be posted online. They can even use their smartphones to post the data online.
I also use a website of my own to post HW and assignments. This way students can keep up with the class even if they miss a day. They can do online virtual labs if they miss a lab and they can check on homework solutions if they get stuck on a problem.
I teach 7th grade and 9th grade honors biology and my new favorite piece of technology in my classroom is a document camera. Students seem to enjoy sharing their work under the camera and it helps when going through directions to labs and activities by showing the set up under the camera.
I also use a class website to post documents and daily assignments and announcements. In addition, I have students design their own websites for various projects (cells, kingdoms of life, geologic timescale). Students then can access each others work and gather information through webquests.
If you are a PE teacher or biology teacher and need a good website to show an animation of the human heart, check out The Human Heart--Explania.com The site gives mouse roll over options to animate the workings of the outside and the inside of the heart.
Also I recommend Interactive Biology--a site that includes videos, study guides, quizzes, and more for biology and physiology students. Some of the study guides are for sale, but there are free resources available on this site. The Interactive Biology YouTube Channel has some great lessons as well.
So high school physical education, biology, and physiology teachers, do you use any of these resources? What do you think of their value for students in your classroom?
I start the year out with my students knowing where all of the technology is in our lab. I like for my students to embrace all of the options for learning. They know how to use all of our equipment. They give me good ideas, and I give them guidance and inspiration.
We use our probes for temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and carbon dioxide.
I use podcast from living on earth.org (weekly)
I have my students listen to an audio book and answer questons.
I use our elmo document reader connected to our ceiliing mounted multimedia projector for simulations, reading beautifully illustrated px. books, demonstrating lab techniques, microscope slide prep, data tables, charts, etc.
DVD projection with good sound system.
on-line interactive labs, Vimeo, Science NetLinks, i-phone app for review,
laptop for ppt presentations, interactive jeopardy games for review,
Textbook support materials from Withgott and Brennen i.e. flashcards, quizzes, animations, career links etc.
Just google Virtual Earthquake
Virtual Dating (half-life)
All of them are set up to take one class period. Each student cannot advance until they answer the questions and gather data correctly. At the end they fill out the certificate of completions. They email it to me or they can print it out like a diploma. Very nice and the students enjoy the data analysis.
Also, I like cells alive.
I wanted to share my Youtube Channel I created this year for my Middle School Science here at Highland Park ISD in Amarillo, Texas. I am posting an average of two videos a week for my students, but have found it to be catching on across the nation. I thought I would share it with you in the event that as teachers or students you could benefit from it. Feel free to subscribe to my channel so you can be notified of new videos when they post.
My goal is to get the 90% of my content recorded this year, and I will work next year to add more in depth topics and branch into other areas of middle school science.
Hope you enjoy it!
What about using amusements park to teach physics? Check out a recent article in Tech & Learning titled, "Welcome to Amusement Park Physics."
The interactive link in the article is a wonderful site to teach students how to "to investigate principles of physics by examining the laws as they occur in amusement rides. Find out how free fall rides work, follow the directions on how to demonstrate the free-fall phenomenon, read about Newton’s laws of motion, and find examples of them in the amusement park. Many common rides are part of this park, including the roller coaster. Design your own to see if it passes the fun and safety tests. Topics covered are suitable for middle and high school physics students."
Can you envision ways to use this interactive in teaching physics to your students?
If you are a an elementary teacher looking for a good online resource to teach physics, check out Simple Machines--a game that is designed to help students learn about the basic physics principles involved in the use of levels, pulleys, planes, axles, and wheels. Students have to help a robot named Twitch gather the pieces needed to make a simple machine by climbing over objects using inclined planes, rolling to objects as efficiently as possible, and lifing objects by using pulleys and levers.
We also have created a number of interactives for students including:
Are you aware that The Shape of Life website contains dozens of segments from the eight-part television series developed by the Sea Studios Foundation, National Geographic, and PBS? These video segments are arranged according to eight animal phyla and can be downloaded or viewed online. Lesson plans and/or worksheets are available along with the video segments.
What a great resource for biology teachers!
I Have my students use their I pads in science class in several different ways. #1 there are several science apps available that are great, for example when teaching about the periodic table there are several apps that they can us to build each atom of the table and even common compounds. #2 I also have my students make different presentations on different topics. For example, my 7th grade students are about to make I movies over the rockets they have built demonstrating how Newtons laws of motion came into play when they launched their rockets.
There are many ways to integrate technology into a classroom. Many teachers will use videos (or clips from videos) in class. Have you seen Nat Geo Education's video collection? Perhaps you will find a video useful for your class! There are videos in this section that study explorers, animals, climate change, combustion, war & more! Check them out here!