Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Technology In A Science Class

I wanted to share some ideas that I have used in both my Chemistry and Biology classes integrating technology with the WOW carts. To begin, I must tell you a little about me and my perspective with technology. I love using technology and learning new applications. I would spend hours working with various programs learning what they could offer me and my students. I wanted to share as much as I could with my students but was limited by computer availability and more importantly I was limited by my lack of imagination on how to implement the technology in a meaningful way in a science classroom. I have since been able to use certain Web 2.0 applications in my class to differentiate and support my students. In the beginning of the school year when we were reviewing safety in the science laboratory I assigned students to create a safety cartoon using ToonDoo. This was a modification on an existing assignment where the students would create paper safety cartoons.

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Another program I have had success with is Wallwisher.
My biology students created walls of vocabulary terms for review of our cell unit. They were instructed to provide a description of the various organelles and include a picture for each term. I then borrowed Jill's great idea, I had the students submit a Google Form with their wall address to turn in the assignment. Because it timestamps the submission I was able to determine if the student was on time.

If you decide to use wallwisher make sure the students choose that anyone can view their wall but only they can add sticky notes. I would also suggest that you tell them not to overlap their sticky notes. They can extend below the viewable space on their page to add more. Make sure they stay within the width of the computer screen. This allowed me to print their virtual walls to post on my walls of our classroom. I

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your ideas of how you integrate technology into your classroom. I teach 5th grade science and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate technology into my curriculum. My school district has been slowly acquiring new technology tools over the past two years, a trend I would like to see continue but at a greater pace.

    Do all of your students have access to computers throughout the day, or do you assign these projects and students must complete them on their own time? I think the Wallwisher is a really good idea to help make learning new vocabulary words fun and engaging. Would this be a program you would recommend for 5th grade students? Are there any other ways you incorporate technology into your science curriculum throughout the year?

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  2. Thank you for posting a comment. Our students do not have access to a computer throughout the day. A teacher checks out 28 computers for his/her classes to use during the day. If a student does not complete the project in the time allowed, then they must do so at home.

    Wallwisher should work for elementary age groups as well as high school. Our science classes use Glogster, Prezi, Animoto, and ToonDoo fairly regularly. We are always on the lookout for new ways to implement additional applications.

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  3. Thanks for the information. I use a few of the sites you spoke of. Like you, I am always trying to find new and more interesting ways to implement technology into my classroom.

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  4. Thank you for the information. I'm a person who tried to use new methods to gather my study material because it make learning intresting for me. I use flashcards as major method of resourse : education flashcards.

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