SCS Science and Technology Resources

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Feasting on knowledge is *fun*!

Please feel free to learn more about the ideas I have talked about in class through these resources. Happy surfing! ~Mrs. Jones

21st Century Learning

Being in Middle School

Digestive System

Flashcards

Grade Inflation

Higher Levels of Thinking

Hypothesis

Immune System

Independent Variables

Lab Reports

Muscular System

Observations versus Conclusions

Organ Systems

Rubrics

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Staying on Task

Valid Research Sites

Micro and Macro Exponential Growth

As a linear growth native,
I am learning to keep up-to-date in our exponential times.

An exponential graph can show a strong relationship of change between two numbers over time. On the macro level, I came across a great infographic  (The Internet – A Decade Later) posted by Best Education Sites on the changes we’ve seen in just the last 10 years.  BestEd is a search engine to help users find colleges and universities that provide a rich and easy learning experience on their educational sites. My biggest takeaway from this graphic is how much faster we have e-become.  Sometimes it seems as if “exponential” is an adjective that is too slow to graph our change.

At a micro level, I discovered an engaging and easy-to-digest website by Mr. Bowdoin.  He combines math and technology in a way that keeps students engaged and learning in our 21st century.  His website is so important because students are using it daily to advance their learning. He also turned me onto Doceri, a screencasting app for the iPad. I look forward to experimenting!

As a linear growth native, I am learning ways to live as an exponential immigrant. I am constantly reminding myself to be okay with the fact that I will be forever catching up.   What I know for sure is that if my students stay engaged, they are more likely to keep learning!

Cheers,

Mrs. Jones

Zygote Body and the Science of Our Bodies

I came across a great post by Alison Fromme detailing a muscle groups learning plan. I love this lesson because the plan:

  1. Ties standards for English Language Arts to science.
  2. Uses a real-life situation (Sgt. Ron Strang’s leg injury) to explain muscle groups.
  3. Combines technology, small-group learning, and kinesthetic learning to teach science.
  4. Combines reading as a tool for learning science.

Another site I love for learning is http://zygotebody.com/. Use this website as a tool for students to interactively explore all aspects of our bodies.  Students can see various body systems: veins, muscles, bones, lymph, and others.  The 3-D aspect of this website is unparalleled (and cool)!  I highly recommend both these resources as tools for teaching students about their bodies.

Taken at Body World’s Exhibit in Portland, OR 12.15.11

Cheers!

Mrs. Jones

 

Mashable’s 10 Must Have Apps for High School

Flying into Portland, Oregon

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year:

I really found this website useful. There are some great science and math connections here!

10 Must Have Apps for High School

Mrs. Jones Class Rules

•          Solve problems.

•          Everyone learns.

•          Be in the present moment.

•          When you know better, do better.

Have a great year!

Mrs. Jones

Classroom Tech: ClassDojo and Socrative

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These apps seem to stand out in the classroom.

Need some ideas for classroom management or student response? I have two recommendations:

Class Dojo is a tool that helps teachers manage behavior and boost engagement in class really quickly and easily. ClassDojo enables teachers to recognize specific behaviors and accomplishments in real-time, with just one click of a smartphone or laptop button.

How I use it:  I am teaching a unit on energy (for science).  I created about 5-6 groups for each class.  The groups created names and were allowed to select their avatars.  You can use the program to record every student but I chose groups. You can select (and create) positive and/or negative behaviors to “award” to your groups/students.  I only have positive behaviors right now.  The program makes a sound (because we have a sound system) every time I give an award to a group.  The students look up to the SMARTboard to see which group got the award and for what (staying on task, quietly working, leadership, focus, fast transition, etc).  I don’t say a word.  The kids behave positive almost instantly. I am awarding the winning group a pizza or ice cream party during lunch at the end of the unit.  I give small rewards every other day (erasers, pencils, candy) for different things like “most improved”, “farthest along”, etc.

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

How I use it: I use this tool to test students on prior knowledge and content retention.  Kids seem to like the interactive real-time nature of this app.  There is a teacher site and a student site.

If you have a chance to try them out or have other suggestions, leave me a comment!

Regards,

Mrs. Jones