Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tool # 5

1. I created a Wordle on the topic of weathering, erosion, and deposition. Wordle: Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

I also created an Animoto. http://animoto.com/play/XHHihPfDBO4iZQ2otgjqkQ

2. Both Wordle and Animoto can be used to introduce a concept and review a concept. I would use Wordle to have the students look at the list of words and figure out which words did and didn't belong to the concept. I would use Animoto as to provide students with visuals and a title that might be misleading. The students would have to figure out the connection between the two.

Tool # 6

1. I also created a Today's Meet. http://todaysmeet.com/Kindergarten_Science_SBISD

I also created an Edmodo. http://www.edmodo.com/library/v2/

2. I will use these with teachers to get instant feedback on lessons and to provide guidance to ensure that the lesson was successful. I will also use them during meetings to help clear up misconceptions and to manage time better.

They encourage participation by having students and teachers provide comments before or during a meeting or lesson. Teachers and students are willing to take a risk of typing in a question rather than raising their hands.

Tool #4

1. Here is a spreadsheet I created. I've asked others to complete. https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/springbranchisd.com/spreadsheet/ccc?hl=en_US&key=tgwNvxG2jfHm8usjU1t2-Vg&hl=en_US#gid=0

2. Here is a Google Docs form. https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/springbranchisd.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=tF1BZBw8TKsq57a3Q_BxeuQ

3. I would use the spreadsheet and forms with the teachers to see what has been taught and how comfortable they feel with a certain piece of content. I would use the Apps as forms for the students to use for charting data. I could each group enter their data and then show a class graph. I'm most excited about using all of the Apps to have students and teachers collaborate on work.

Tool #3

  1. I like Discovery Education and and Blinkx for finding science videos.  I think Discovery is an easier way to find video segments to use in class because it is fast to perform an advanced search.  
  2. http://www.blinkx.com/videos/weathering%252C+erosion  or http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=6B1E329E-5A77-4B36-BFA9-1D307F75441C&blnFromSearch=1&productcode=US
  3. Teachers are pretty much able to use most of the material that is copyrighted if the benefit to society is greater than the benefit of the author.  If you add value to the copyrighted material, then you can use it.  
  4. I would use this to have students search for pictures of content they are studying.  They could also take pictures during experiments, activities, or investigations and upload them for other groups to see and provide comments.  

Tool #2

1.  I did comment on a post.  http://scienceblogs.com/ has a lot of blogs for science.  This is a great clearinghouse for science blogs.  

2.  I think building the online community was fairly easy.  Participating in the online community will take time to think of how to best blog.  Thoughts must be concise yet detailed enough to provide others enough information on which others will be able to provide comments.  It is easier to communicate with using a blog because you can post without having others close.  They can post comments at anytime back to you.
3.   I want to visit the following blog more often.  http://nstacommunities.org/blog/   It has a lot of science information to offer as well as links to others in science.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tool #2

Building an online community and participating in a PLN is like being back in graduate classes using Blackboard.  Both allow teachers to work at their own pace while sharing ideas and ideas.  I need to set up an elementary science community to share ideas, give staff development, and provide thoughts about vertical alignment.  This is really important because of the budget cuts.  

I think I need to follow several ground rules.  First, the community must be a group for all elementary teachers.  Secondly, there moderator must provide questions at high level's of Bloom's Taxonomy.  Third, there must be follow up.  Finally, it must be recognized that what is put in print stays in print.  

I feel fine about posting thoughts publicly.  Posting publicly makes me slow down and reflect more before I put something in writing.  

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tool #1

Starting a blog was pretty easy.  I liked adding an Avatar.  I can see the students using an Avatar to add voice to writing and to explain how something works in science.

I would use a blog to finish lessons and provide students with an open ended question.  After they post, then I would ask either clarifying questions or extension questions.  I think this could also be used as a PBL tool to get students to solidify their learning.

I would use the blog with teachers to help them understand science content and to share ideas.


Welcome all elementary science teachers.  I hope you have a great summer.