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GET HOOKED ON REAL- WORLD SCIENCE. TIMMI SHAWLER Science Teacher GILMER HIGH SCHOOL. Current state of things…. What we will learn today. How to use Skype in the classroom to connect students with scientists & students world wide

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Get hooked on real world science

GET HOOKED ON REAL- WORLD SCIENCE

TIMMI SHAWLER

Science Teacher

GILMER HIGH SCHOOL


Current state of things

Current state of things…


What we will learn today

What we will learn today

  • How to use Skype in the classroom to connect students with scientists & students world wide

  • How to use Case Studies & PRS to connect science concepts to the “real world”


Our students

Our students….

  • Spend a lot of time using technology to “network”

  • Let’s use this in the classroom


What is skype

What is Skype?

  • A free & easy way to network with others world-wide

  • An internet-based telephone & video conferencing system

  • An under-utilized resource in the classroom


Equipment needed

Equipment Needed

  • Computer

  • Speakers

  • Microphone

    • Many systems have all of these in one!

  • If you are feeling frisky…Webcam


The download

The Download

  • Go to www.skype.com

  • Here you can watch a short tutorial & download

  • Easy and quick download…be ready to go in about 2 minutes

  • www.skype.com


How can i use skype

How can I use Skype

  • Guest speakers

  • Live discussions between classes world-wide

  • Share science demos with an elementary class

  • Help other students with English and science

  • Students interview others

  • Collaborative projects……


Finding other skypers

Finding other “Skypers”…

  • www.epals.com

  • www.skypeforeducators.com

  • skypeinschools.pbworks.com (under experiences)

    • www.ssrvideo.com/index.html

      • (virtual scientist guest lectures)

  • Search the net, look for scientists with Skype addresses


Tips and such

Tips and Such…

  • Find a friend or family member on Skype and do a trial run with students first…try to work out all the “bugs”

  • Get other members of faculty involved

  • Several “extras” to download but be careful…only use Skype Certified

  • Takes some time to set up Skype so give yourself some lead time


Tips and such1

Tips and Such…

  • Be flexible, technology is great when it works

  • Be very aware of time zones

  • Don’t spend a ton of money on technology

  • Might need to get Skype unblocked &/or get administrative permission


What students say

What students say…

  • What do I need to learn this for…who really does this stuff?

  • Students learn better when material is related to real life


A solution

A Solution

  • Teaching with Case Studies

    • 3 EXAMPLES I HAVE USED

      • Life- The Final Frontier: Case Study on The Characteristics of Life

      • Case of the Cross Dressing Salmon

      • Case of the Killer Lake


Your one stop shop

Your one stop shop…

  • National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

  • U. Buffalo Case Study Index


Tips and such2

Tips and Such…

  • BE PREPARED

  • Make sure case is age & level appropriate

  • Many cases are fully-editable PowerPoints

  • If case has handouts, make sure you have them copied

  • Read teacher notes & have key ready for reference if needed


Prs clicker cases

PRS – Clicker Cases

  • If you have PRS available,

    • Download or have the software downloaded on your system

    • Have technology specialist give you a “quick & dirty” overview if needed

    • In Microsoft PowerPoint (2007 & 2010), use “Add-Ins” – Go to slide with questions & click on “new question,” adjust, & you are ready to go!


A special thanks

A special thanks!

  • I hope you learned something today!

  • Please share with others!

  • Have a great day!


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