Resolve to share Science ideas

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.


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  1. Allison Bakken said:

    I let my students use DE streaming or DE science to find clips that answer quiz questions for science. They love it and they learn how to search and troubleshoot by using this method. Recently, I let my students use DE in Windows Movie Maker to edit clips that directly answer questions rather than a whole video clip. It has been a powerful change from the typical “quiz” I use to give to my class.

  2. Louise Maine said:

    I love this idea. I have used quiz builder but not assignment builder at this time. On my blog, I posted about those wonderful chemistry teachers and have heard from one offering more great ideas. As we are about to study cell biology, biochemistry, and cell processes, I think this is an opportune time to try this out as it has so much merit! I will definitely by posting responses to what happens in the classroom.

  3. Katrina Johnston said:

    In the past I have posted voice-overed Powerpoint presentations for kids to listen to when I know I am going to be out. I am going to try posting video when I go to the NSTA conference in March. Hopefully it will work well!

  4. Laura Cawley said:

    What a great way for students to enhance their lessons. Maybe soon we can start focusing on teaching our children for the future and not for the test.

  5. Tina Amores said:

    I loved your idea to do a vodcast! The students don’t have to miss anything. Even those that are absent can then get it at home. Thus, eliminating that aweful statement “I don’t remember you saying that!” I can’t wait to use it in my class.I would definitely like to know more about how to do this vodcast.

  6. Steve DeCaro said:

    My favorite thing about this would be that you can play the lesson to a student that missed your class and they could do it on their own time. I have tried this in the past, but lack of free time inhinits me.

  7. Cheryl Criscuolo said:

    I am looking for a venue for peer reviewing student research. I have my advanced placement biology and honors anatomy and physiology students write review of research papers dealing with in-depth topics surrounding cellular and molecular biology and medical anatomy & physiology. In their discussion following the developed body of their papers, students must recommend avenues for further research based on their interpretation of the research they reviewed. My idea is to post their papers for peer review and critique. I would appreciate any ideas where I can connect my students with scientists in these various fields.

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