This new year, show your DEN spirit and lets help each other with new and innovative ways to use technology in the science classroom. You know as well as I do that DEN members always are on the cutting edge, so let’s help each other make this the year of science tech projects. Write a quick comment to the Science in Action Blog about a new idea you would like to know more about, or a new idea you have tried. Discovery Science is a great asset to all of us, but it would be great to discuss some ways that teachers or students are using the virtual labs, Mythbuster series, or Science Sleutha to enhance their science program.
One new idea that I am going to try this new year, is an idea I saw in December’s issue of Technology and Leadership. Two high school science teachers have decided to stop lecturing and begin using vodcasts to deliver their science content. According to the article, students could download the vodcasts and listen to them at home. The teachers then have the freedom to use their classroom time to do hands on labs, helping small groups, and more application activities. Students can enhance their understanding of concepts by replaying sections they don’t understand the first time. The vodcast will be great for review, or for students that are ill, and of course there would be many other benefits. This idea sounds great to me. I can’t wait to try it.
This idea could also be used with assignment builder and you could almost design your class to run like an online class. This would be a great way to leave lessons with a sub if you were going to be out several days. Wouldn’t it be nice to come back to a class where the content was taught the way you wanted it to be taught?
Now it is your turn. What great ideas do you have? Leave a comment, share an idea, and lets all resolve to try one new technology idea this year.