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ScienceQuest: Integrating Science and Technology in Elementary and Secondary Classrooms

Dr. Sheila Offman GershCity College of New [email protected]

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ScienceQuest projects are: Elementary and Secondary Classrooms

inquiry-based investigations of science topics drawn from the curriculum and students’ questions and interests which result in “educational” websites so as to share students work with peers.

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Science Projects may: Elementary and Secondary Classrooms

  • Focus on topics in the Curriculum

  • Focus on topics of interest to the students

  • Focus on a world/social problem related to science

  • Compare and contrast any of the above.

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Three Broad Steps in Structuring a ScienceQuest Project Elementary and Secondary Classrooms

  • As a class learns about the content of a particular science topic (core information) students begin to explore areas of the topic that they would be interested in studying in more depth.

  • Students select specific areas of the topic and work individually in small interest groups to research the aspects of the topic chosen.

  • Teacher and Students develop an “educational” web site presenting the results of the inquiry to interested peers.

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Exploring Properties Elementary and Secondary Classrooms

Weather and Seasons

Plants and Animals

Sun, Moon and Earth Systems

Body Systems

Diversity of Life


Habitat Study

Forces and Motion





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ELA STANDARDS Elementary and Secondary Classrooms

  • Standard 1 - Language for Information and Understanding

  • . Standard 2 - Language for Literary Response and Expression

  • Standard 3 - Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation

  • Standard 4 - Language for Social Interaction

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ScienceQuest Projects Should be Designed to Meet the Following NETS Standards

Social, ethical, and human issues

Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.

Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.

Technology productivity tools

Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.

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NETS Standards (continued) Following NETS Standards

Technology communications tools

Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.

Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

Technology research tools

Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.

Students use technology tools to process data and report results.

Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools

Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions. Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.

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Traditional Model of Education Following NETS Standards


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21 Following NETS StandardsST Century Model of Education





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Assistance in locating good science resources . Following NETS Standards

Assistance in guiding students to produce more sophisticated and accomplished work.

Help with specific uses of technology (e-mail, Internet, creating Web sites, etc.)

Assistance with the pedagogy that supports inquiry-based projects

Support teachers may need in doing a ScienceQuest project

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Access Internet resources for the study of culture. Following NETS Standards

Promote communication with students and experts in the topic (ePals).

Internet Basics --searching, evaluating Web sites, use of proper citation, appropriate and ethical use policies, etc.

Teaching with the Internet

Inspiration for graphical mapping of project

Creation of an educational Web site.

Assist students in using multimedia to support projects (e.g., digital photography, video, graphics and other applications.)

ScienceQuest Teachers Gain these Technology Skills

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Related ScienceQuest Skills Following NETS Standards

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ScienceQuest Pedagogy Following NETS Standards

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The ScienceQuest Process Following NETS Standards

  • Decide on a science topic

  • Brainstorm what students know about the topic

  • Brainstorm what students want to know about the topic

  • Cover the core areas with whole class

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The ScienceQuest Process (cont’d) Following NETS Standards

  • Use to find experts

  • Students communicate with experts using e-mail on

  • Divide students into small groups by interest area

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In Gathering Following NETS StandardsInformation about the Topic

  • Use books and library resources

  • Use Internet resources

  • E-mail to students and/or adult experts

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Teach Student Technology Skills Following NETS Standards

  • Graphic Organizers (Inspiration)

  • Internet Basics (searching, evaluation, citation)

  • Web Page creation

  • Web Editing

  • Uploading/managing website

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Final Products Following NETS Standards

  • Class creates Web site with general information and links to group projects

  • Other multimedia products:

    • PowerPoint

    • HyperStudio

    • Digital stories with stills and videos