Automated Response Systems known as Clickers
Technology in the math classroom can streamline learning or simply add the extra sizzle that engages students. Automated response systems known as clickers have been used in classrooms and continue to gain popularity. I have seen SMART clickers used as a tool to simplify quiz taking and provide immediate feedback to students in math classrooms.
One of the preservice teachers in my cohort (Thanks Krissie!) recently turned me on to augmented reality. I believe this new technology might have merit. Educational software companies have experimented with augmented reality for a few years but apps are just now coming to market. Like the video game revolution, I suspect we will start seeing newer, flashier versions of augmented reality in the classroom within the decade. PBS launched this Augmented Reality App last year. Fetch is 3D math software that teaches students how to solve math problems through visualization. To get full functionality, this app requires users to print out game cards that are used with your phone’s camera.
Learn more by visiting this video Primer on Augmented Reality. Offer your feedback! Are any games ready for the classroom? Have you tried Fetch? What do you think?
I just finished a class on secondary methods for teaching science. Our teacher compiled a list of the resources. <– Shout out to Ms. Howe! Enjoy.
Science Teacher Online Resources
||A non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy.
||The McDougal Littell site to locate science textbooks in middle and high school.
||This is a great site to locate informational videos to share in the classroom.
||Teaching and learning tools for hands-on science educators.
|Gravity Lesson Plans
||Lesson Planet’s list of plans for gravity for all grade levels. Try the first 10 days for free and $49.95/year after that.
|Interactive Science Teacher
||Bill Wilkinson’s site for guided inquiry science lessons for cost.
||I highly recommend this site for instructional videos on several topics including math and science.
|Longwood Central SD
||Check this site out for great science lessons created using Notebook software.
|Virtual Physics Labs
||A collection of links to selected interactive virtual physics labs found on the web for low cost and most for free.
|National Center for AIM
||For students with sensory, physical, cognitive, or learning differences and their teachers, accessible instructional materials (AIM) may open doors to teaching and learning that ordinary print-based materials have closed.
| NSF Portal – High School
||National Science Digital Library (NSDL) funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) list of science links for high school.
| NSF Portal – Middle School
||NSDL’s list of science links for middle school.
||A list of freely available online biology lab resources, including microscopy, genetics and life science.
|PhET Interactive Simulations
||University of Colorado’s online simulations for biology. Other sciences and multiple language options too!.
|Quiz Hub (Games)
||Free science (and other subjects) online games. There is a cost component to other parts of this site.
||Free online interactive quizzes on school Physics, physics problems & laws of physics provided by Syvum.
|Science Education Zone
||Cody’s science education zone – Bricklayer’s lesson in physics.
|Science Guy (Bill Kuhl)
||This web site proves that by showing you how to build rockets, airplanes, gliders and cars that really work. You can build many of these projects with parts you can find around the house or buy cheaply at a store or online.
||Science experiment ideas for kids.
|Seismic Waves and the Slinky
||Lawrence Braile (Purdue University) and the IRIS Consortium provide information about an example of seismic waves using a Slinky.
||Test your knowledge about the universe with quizzes and games and expand your science horizons by reading illustrated articles.
|Simple Machines Lesson Plans
||A list provided by appliancehelp.com of simple machine lesson plans.
|Space Shuttle Launch
||YouTube video (about 2 min) – Space shuttle Atlantis final launch: NASA video of last takeoff.
||A free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting. Media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.
|The Connected Classroom
||Kristin Hokanson’s wiki of science and other subject resources for teachers.
|The Science Spot
||Tracy Trimpe’s science website for middle school teachers and students.
|USA.gov for Science
||Science.gov searches over 50 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
|Weightlessness in Space
||YouTube video (approximately 2 ½ minutes) of weightlessness in International Space Station