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Engaging with Internet Resources - Info

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Creating Engaging and Interactive Science Activities Using Internet Resources 

 

Description

Participants will receive a brief introduction to a variety of science learning sites freely available on the web. The main emphasis of the workshop will be an inquiry based activity in which participants will work in grade level groups to explore and discuss the uses of these interactive sites for teaching.  Each group will create a lesson plan that integrates use of the site to engage students in learning science.  This workshop is designed to be interactive and collaborative.  Participants will use a wiki site to share their ideas with the group online.  A computer with wireless access is required. 

 

Rationale 

The teaching of science often involves complicated concepts that are often difficult to simulate or explain using normal teacher delivery instructional models.  The web has many freely available sites full of rich science content that are designed to facilitate learning of difficult concepts in science.  These resources engage students in the learning of these difficult science concepts by offering clear visual and spatial graphics, many of which are interactive.  Interactive tutorials, videos, and online activities provide an opportunity for teachers to incorporate inquiry based, active learning into their lessons and help all students learn science.  The workshop delivery will model an inquiry based, collaborative approach to facilitated learning.  

 

Methods 

The workshop will model an inquiry based approach to learning for the participants.  A presentation will be used to organize and structure the workshop.  An online wiki will be used by participants to share their ideas during and after the workshop.  The wiki will also contain the presentation and links to online resources which teachers can access after the workshop. Participants will explore and use online resources during the presentation. (A computer with wireless access will be required for participation in the workshop.)  Collaborative group work will be used to promote inquiry.  An authentic product will be created during the session that can be used by teachers with their students.  Participants will also have access to the products of the other groups through the online wiki.

 

Internet Resources

Agenda and Program Page

Lesson Plan Ideas Page

 

Internet Resources

Science in New Hampshire Schools   http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/curriculum/science/index.htm 

Resources from the NH DOE website on our Curriculum Frmeworks for Science Literacy. 

Science Literacy Resources is a downloadable Word file that provides a variety of web links by grade level and content standard for both teachers and students. A copy is also in our wiki folder.

 

National Science Resources Center    http://www.nsrconline.org/ 

Established by the Smithsonian Institute, this site has resources for learning science by doing science.  

 

Science Animations, Movies, and Tutorial Links   http://nhscience.lonestar.edu/biol/animatio.htm   

Collected by science faculty at Lone Star College, North Harris, TX.

 

Celestia   http://www.shatters.net/celestia/ 

Open source space simulation that lets you explore the universe in 3 dimensions.  Works on multiplatforms.  Awesome.

 

Google Earth  http://earth.google.com/   

Fly anywhere on Earth or beyond from your computer screen.

 

Windows to the Universe    http://www.windows.ucar.edu/

Resources from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research from the University of Michigan.

 

NHPTV Video On the Web Resources  http://www.nhptv.org/kn/profdev/video.htm

NHPTV Media on the Web Resources   http://www.nhptv.org/kn/profdev/media.htm

 

Thinkfinity    http://thinkfinity.org

A wealth of resources for teachers and students in all grade levels and content areas.

 

Intel Thinking with Technology   http://www.intel.com/education/tools/

Online thinking tools that engage learning.

 

National Science Teachers Association Learning Center   http://learningcenter.nsta.org/

Over 3800 resources for learning.

OPEN NH offers an Open Access suscription to the NSTA Learning Center resources. A variety of plans are available that include OPEN NH courses.  Download the NSTA OPEN NH Open Access Request form from the Common Files folder for details. 

 

Exploratorium  http://www.exploratorium.edu/index.html

The museum of sciecne, art, and human perception.

 

Teacher’s Domain Science Resources    http://www.teachersdomain.org/collection/k12/sci/ 

Teachers’ Domain offers over 1,500 media resources in science, engineering, and technology.

 

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)  http://free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=41 

Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies.

 

US Geological Survey  http://www.usgs.gov/

US Geological Survey and Science Education  http://education.usgs.gov/

 

NowCOAST, the National Ocean Service at NOAA  http://nowcoast.noaa.gov

A GIS-based web mapping portal which provides users with integrated, one stop access to real-time coastal environmental observations and NOAA forcasts for an region in the Coastal United States.

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration Educational Games      http://games.noaa.gov/ 

NOAA has designed some wonderful games and simulations to get kids thinking about their environments.  

 

The Space Experience  http://www.space-shuttle.com/ 

Shuttle and Satellite tracking and more.

 

International Space Station Sighting Opportunities  http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html

From NASA, you can see when the space station can be seen flying in the sky.

 

The Physics Zone from Science Joy Wagon   http://www.sciencejoywagon.com/physicszone/ 

The physics zone is designed to help students learn algebra and trig based introductory level physics.

 

Science Teacher Resources    http://www.science-teachers.com/

A teaching resource providing lesson plans, worksheets, and activities for upper elementary and middle school science teachers.

 

Chemistry Software and Science Teacher Resources   http://www.chemistryteaching.com/ 

Interacticve chemistry teaching software for windows.

 

Science Teacher Resource Center  http://chem.lapeer.org/

Labs, demonstrations, and other information teachers can access.

 

Science Fair Activities   

http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.php?BenchmarkID=1&DocID=289

science inquiry concepts, and more....

 

Annenberg Media Learner.org    http://www.learner.org/

Across the curriculum resources for teachers.

Best Websites for Learning  http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aboutaasl/bestlist/bestwebsites.cfm

The site honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

 

School 2.0 Website    http://etoolkit.org

The site provides a big picture perspective on community based, next generation schools.

 

Hippocampus    http://www.hippocampus.org/

Free one stop site for educational resources.  You can set up your own page.

 

MERLOT  http://www.merlot.org

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online TeachingMainly for higher ed faculty, but a good resource.

 

Museum of Science   http://www.mos.org/

 

Wright Center for Science Education    http://www.tufts.edu/as/wright_center/

Housed at Tufts University, the Wright Center is dedicated to the creation and sharing of novel instructional techniques and interdisciplinary resources for pre-college teachers.

 

llinois Online Network (ION)   http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/

Educational resources that support online education.

 

NH Literacy Day 2009  

Wiki set up with resources on magnification and scale was closed.  Resources moved to a page on this site, Magnification and Scale.

 

Download Cool Timer 3.6 from CNET   http://download.cnet.com/Cool-Timer/3000-2350_4-10062255.html

 

Cookie.com   http://www.cookie.com/ 

Learning Games for Elementary School Levels

 

The Ride of a LifetimePosted on You Tube by Thunderf00t on March 13, 2009 

Portions of this Video were produced using Celestia software. Runtime is 8:38 and worth every second!

 

 

 

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