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Creative Ways to Integrate Technology in the K-8 Science Classroom. Lindsey Sides Staff Development Coordinator, BCIU. Google’s Mission: “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”. Basic search Earth Maps News iGoogle Blogger Calendar. Docs Groups

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Creative ways to integrate technology in the k 8 science classroom

Creative Ways to Integrate Technology in the K-8 Science Classroom

Lindsey Sides

Staff Development Coordinator, BCIU


Google s mission organize the world s information and make it universally accessible and useful

Google’s Mission: Classroom“Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”


Google tools for your classroom

Basic search Classroom

Earth

Maps

News

iGoogle

Blogger

Calendar

Docs

Groups

Page creator

Picasa

SketchUp

Google Notebook

Google Tools for Your Classroom


Google earth
Google Earth Classroom

  • Satellite imagery of the Earth that includes layers of information

  • Free download: http://earth.google.com

  • Content partners: Discovery, National Geographic, Wikipedia

  • Still pictures

  • Share files


How to use
How to Use? Classroom

  • Searchable virtual globe of satellite images

  • GIS-like map layers = Transferable skill

  • Touring

  • Combine with video, audio, image content

  • Google Lit Trips

  • Alternative Assessment medium


Navigation tools
Navigation Tools Classroom

Tilt Up

Tilt Down

Zoom In

Reorient to North

Zoom Out


Sidebar
Sidebar Classroom

  • Search

  • Enter a location name

    • Eiffel Tower

    • Niagara Falls

  • Paste coordinates from Wikipedia or another source

    • Blarney Castle, Loch Ness

  • Enter City, Country

    • Petronus Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Places

  • Save your work here

  • Each student can create and save folders

  • Layers

  • Great pre-made resources


Additional resources
Additional Resources Classroom

Bucks IU Resources

http://www.gelessons.com

A treasure trove of tips, KMZ files and lesson plans!

http://bbs.keyhole.com/

Google Earth Community message board. Includes a board for educators and one for students.

http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/dherring/ge/googleearth.htm

An educator’s site with more KMZ files and ideas.

http://www.googlelittrips.org

Tours of locations from literature.

http://googleearthgoods.pbwiki.com/

Cindy Lane’s wiki with many online GE resources.

http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com

Videos, images, encyclopedia articles by subscription.


Podcasts
Podcasts Classroom

What is a Podcast?

  • A digital audio file

  • Can be recorded by teachers, experts, or students

    http://www.sciam.com/podcast

    Science example

    NASA example

    http://www.learninginhand.com/podcasting/find.html

    http://teachdigital.pbwiki.com/podcasting


Ideas for podcasting in science
Ideas for Podcasting in Science Classroom

  • 60 Second Science

  • Monthly Radio Show (Classroom Newsletter)

  • Lesson Summaries

  • Sharing New Learning

As with all technology, podcasting is most meaningful when students are creating!


Getting started with podcasting
Getting Started with Podcasting Classroom

  • Access resources: www.bucksiu.org

  • Imagine the possibilities!

  • Download (free) Audacity Software

  • You’ll need a microphone!

    *BCIU Workshop: November 6


Blogs and blogging
Blogs and Blogging Classroom

A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.


Some examples
Some Examples… Classroom

Wesley Fryer: Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Classroom Blogs

http://mathsciencecollaborative.blogspot.com/

Staff Development Council Blog


How to use blogs
How to Use Blogs? Classroom

  • Online discussions:

    • Encourage metacognitive thinking skills

    • Facilitate productive discussion:

      • Expressing ideas

      • Responding to classmates’ ideas

      • Post/ share solution methods and learning


Getting started with blogging
Getting Started with Blogging Classroom

  • Consult with your school/ district technology specialist - programs available, guidelines, etc.

  • Some free blogging tools:

    • Google: www.blogger.com

  • Start posting, and they will come!


Questions

Questions? Classroom