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Some more sites to check out………..

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Ingenious is a site with the ability to search over 30,000 science and technology images from the Science Museum, National Railway Museum and the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television.

The Whiteboard Blog , from the UK, has some excellent resources, including a post with “Powerful Images to give Lesson’s Punch” and links to Science resources.

This interactive animation, from a NZ site, shows how the planets in our solar system rotate around the sun. This is a great tool to assist students to visualize the scale of the solar system and how planets orbit.

Glogster allows you to create online posters for wikis and blogs, using templates and your own images and text. Here is an example of how a science teacher at Fairview Park High School, in Ohio, uses Glogster EDU.

Stixy is a site for creating an on-line noticeboard for sharing ideas, images and links. Anne Mirtschin has used it with students to ask “What would you like changed in our school canteen?”. I’d like to see one for our Year 11 students to comment on their recent two-week work experience in Melbourne.

SchoolTube is another site where you can search and share student videos. SchoolTube is the recognized leader for moderated, internet media sharing for teachers and students. All student created materials on SchoolTube must be approved by registered teachers, follow local school guidelines, and adhere to high standards.

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Best Biology site of the week is probably this Virtual Microscope from the Indiana University Bloomington – it has slides of cell division, and tissue from all the body systems – digestive, circulatory, excretory etc. So if you don’t have enough microscopes for every student in the class, don’t have the relevant slides, or students are having difficulty getting a clear image, this is one solution. I used it my VCE Biology class today, so students could see the difference between the thick, muscular walls of arteries and the thinner walls of veins and the thinnest walls of capillaries. They were also able to identify the five different types of white blood cell and count an approximate ratio of RBC to WBC.

Like trying to knit with a knife and fork?

My action research project with the Knowledge Bank: New Generation Collaborative Learning and Research Project is about social networking and maths and science learning in the middle years. First, what is social networking? My own definition would include sites that allow participants to upload text, photos, videos, audio and other items they have created, to share with others and allow comments from other participants. From a student perspective, it gives them an authentic audience, apart from their teachers, parents or classmates. Due to this wider audience, I believe it also makes students more reflective about their work and more inclined to do their best. Some of the social networking tools useful in educational contexts include:

  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Nings, Elgg (like MySpace, Facebook and Bebo)
  • Scribd, skrbl (collaborative text)
  • Google docs (collaborative spreadsheets)
  • Flickr, Photobucket, Picassa (images)
  • Teachertube, You Tube, Mathtrain (videos)
  • Slideshare, Slide, Picturetrail, Animoto (moving images)
  • Podcasting, Voicethread (audio)

This page has a collection of various web 2.0 sites, many of which would be considered social networking tools. http://learningweb2.wikispaces.com/Step+Two (Thanks Marg for this link).

But, are all of these tools applicable to maths and science learning? Is trying to use these tools like trying to knit with a knife and fork – they are great tools but for a different purpose, and you end up with an inferior product that is more difficult and takes longer to produce?

Part of the appeal of web 2.0 is it’s new and different, but when it is used often, will it lose this appeal and become another ‘chore’ for students? Hopefully, my research will help me to answer some of these questions – stay tuned!

I’m a maths teacher too……..

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Classroom 2.0 is such a great source of information and help when you need it! I started a discussion, asking for any tips about applications that you can use to write on a whiteboard or tablet and have students access it from home, for maths homework help for example. Another teacher had been experimenting with this application, called ‘skrbl’ for a similar purpose. You can capture work done on a ‘whiteboard’ and post it as a webpage, quickly and easily, without downloading any software.

Exemplary resources for Middle School Maths and Science

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Today I thought I’d share this site: Exemplary Resources for Middle School Maths and Science that I came across while looking for new ways to incorporate technology into Maths and Science classes. It’s an American blog for maths and science teachers to find best practise examples of middle school teaching and learning. It has an extensive list of topics with links to great resources for classroom use.

Another site I have been using in my Year 7 Maths class is Tessellations – What they are, several ways how to make them, a gallery with some great examples and step-by-step instructions to create your own.