Build Your Lesson with the Discovery Education Techbook with Patti Duncan

Building Your Own Science TechBook #techbooklive13

Continuing the theme on hands-on, interactive, and how to, our DE Team Member and DEN GURU Patti Duncan joins with Discovery Education TechBook team as they build a media-infused lesson presentation that you can use in your classroom. This make-and-take session will give you practical examples that you may immediately use in the classroom. In addition, learn how you can share your newly created presentation with the Discovery Educator Network and receive a beautiful new lab coat.

Looking for archives. Check this outFor Patti Duncan’s Resources, click this link. Some additional DE Resources shared by Patti prior to her presentation include: TurfMutt, Science of Everyday Life, and January Live Stream Science: What’s the Matter? Patti also reminds us that we can apply for the DEN Summer Institute and join the larger community for sharing media in the classroom and our great DE tools as they are used by our Discovery Educators. The location will be announced soon. Go to the DEN Global Blog to register–and to become a DEN STAR, if you are not one already.

DEN GURU and Science TechBook Mavin

A participatory contest recommended by Patti is the Young Scientist Challenge, Siemens WE Can Change the World, and Nature Works Everywhere. Patti does this same process weekly, and each time she does it, she incorporates different approaches and content. To follow her schedule and resources, click here.

When you begin with the Science TechBook, you have lesson overviews, common misconceptions, and prior knowledge sections to prepare students and teachers. Teacher Instructions begin with activating prior knowledge and stimulating interest. Patti directed us to her Wikispaces page where you can find all the instructional strategies on one page, plus ways you can create your own Science TechBook with step-by-step directions. Excellent resource, but I would expect nothing less. Click this link to the Wiki. Prior monthly webinar presentations are archived at the Wiki link, and is a must-see resource. A gold mine, actually. You can actually download Patti’s presentations and embed them into your classroom presentations.

Building Your Own Science TechBook #techbooklive13

Patti says she begins with the 5 Minute Prep prior to using the Science TechBook. She edits the slide to include her name, removes the 5 minutes time, and changes the content, so now she can own the content she is presenting. Unnecessary information she deletes, then adds what is relevant to her lesson. If you thought you were locked into formula text, rethink the equation. The Science TechBook is very editable, suitable for your Model Lesson, Objectives, and Essential Questions for your students. Patti noted that she has build a series of her own resources from which she pulls content as she builds and rebuilds model lessons. She said it is a good strategy to have a resources file for images, timers, backgrounds, and graphic organizers, so you can eliminate recreating the proverbial wheel.

Extensive and detailed resources.

I recommend that when Patti’s presentation is archived, you revisit it because there is a wealth of step-by-step instructions that are difficult to capture verbally. The details are incredible but just too numerous to capture in traditional text (I should have done a screen cast–next time). But the very good news:  the archives will be posted to the DEN blogs and our you tube channel If you are looking for one of Patti’s timer tools, click here. Although there are many online timer tools, but Patti likes to create her own and embed them in Prezo, but the entire presentation can be done in ActivInspire by importing the powerpoint.

Patti builds her notebook page by adding her directions for video viewing, then downloads her video. She grabs it with SnagIt, which is a paid service, but not expensive. Use your favorite tool for screen capture and then paste your video into the notebook. Patti also provides a link to the video as a back up strategy. In recap, creating your own Science TechBook begins with your Essential Questions, Guided Inquiry, Directed Inquiry, Student Access to several different resources, allow students exploration on their own with selection of their resources provided by the teacher, and then students explore the resources to answer the EQs in their notebook. It’s all about student self-exploration of resources.

Shared resources: Scribbler, SnagIt, Camtasia, Jing, Box, Screenflow.

Patti recommends sharing your resources with teachers, so she includes links to different parts of the Science TechBook she creates. It’s an excellent way to build visuals for each part of the lesson and putting it all in one place with hyperlinks and insertions so that both students and teachers have access to images, graphic diagrams, timers, videos, instructions. What you create is a back up system to the original TechBook. I just love it. Thank you, Patti, for a brilliant presentation. Be sure to check the DEN Global Blog for the archives of this and all our presentations today. Should appear in a week.

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