January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Tools for Creating NGSS Standards Based Lessons

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

by Elizabeth Cooke

Think back on your own experiences with learning science in school. Were you required to memorize disjointed facts without understanding the concepts?

Science Education Background

In the past, science education focused on rote memorization and learning disjointed ideas. Elementary and secondary students in today’s science classes are fortunate now that science instruction has shifted from students demonstrating what they know to students demonstrating how they are able to apply their knowledge. Science education that reflects the Next Generation Science Standards challenges students to conduct investigations. As students explore phenomena and discrepant events they engage in academic discourse guided by focus questions from their teachers or student generated questions of that arise from analyzing data and creating and revising models that explain natural phenomena. (more…)

Classroom Technology – Some Great Apps and Tools

Friday, December 11th, 2015

by Elizabeth Cooke

Often, I have a student helper to take pictures of the class at work conducting design challenges, exploring in the garden, or creating physical models of phenomena discussed during science class. The pictures generally end up on the bulletin board to document the students’ discoveries and provide empirical evidence for parents, administrators, and for inspiring students at large. The student helper, in addition to taking pictures, also interviews three other students about what they have learned using voice memo app for me to transcribe later and add to the bulletin board. (more…)

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