#OrganelleWars: A Model for Using Social Media in the Science Classroom. Given the current political fervor over the candidacies of the people attempting to become our next president, now seemed like a good time to revisit one of the most successful projects I have had the good fortune of incorporating into my freshman biology classroom. Launching a Model Organelle Campaign In the fall of 2011, I had reached the point of the school year when it was time to start teaching my freshman biology students about the cell and its organelles. In my 14 years of teaching to that point, I had tried all types of different approaches to try and bring the cell alive for my students.
I had tried direct instruction, having students build models of the cell, asking them to make analogies comparing the cell to a city, having them give presentations on individual organelles, even putting on a pretend radio show in class, and finally making fake Facebook pages on paper for each organelle. Moderate Success in Year One The first year of the project went pretty well. Follow NSTA. Adopt A City – Mini Weather Unit – Middle School Science Blog. I used this unit with my students from March 23rd to April 30th, 2015 .
All links are up to date as of May 15, 2015. If you used this with your students, I would love to hear about it in the comments below This mini-weather unit (3-4 weeks) is intended to be used as a self paced series of lessons or independent study where students will work on tasks and check in both during and at the end of each task. Each class will begin with weather data collection followed by either starting a new task or completing the previous task. Materials to get started: Summaries: (added 5/16/15) Google Sheets Template for Weather Report (link)Google Doc Template for Weather Report (link)Pacing (blog entry) All tasks: Like this: Like Loading... STE(A)M Expeditions (@STEMExpeditions) | Twitter. Project Reservoir. Welcome to Mrs. Friend’s Science class! | Skype in the Classroom | SkypeBlogs.
Andrea Friend is a Science Teacher, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Teacher and a Skype Master Teacher from Andover, Kansas. She has created a Skype collaboration activity on the Microsoft Educator Community to help her students understand the different biomes on our planet by connecting with classrooms around the world. Many of her students have not traveled outside of their biome, but through this activity they can compare and contrast what biomes look like in other communities. From Mystery Skype to “Mystery Biome Skype” Welcome to Mrs. Often, during a Mystery Skype call, they would ask a question about the biome without remembering that they had already talked about it, or the question they asked was too basic. The “Mystery Biome Skype” call The prep work for today’s call began weeks ago. Then, they worked in groups to create questions about tallgrass, rain forest (temperate and tropical), deciduous, mountains and ice, desert, boreal forest, and tundra.
Blogging in the Science Classroom: The Worksheet is Dead. One of the major changes that I made this year was to switch to using individual student blogs as the centerpiece of student assessment (the other major change was to implement standards-based grading). I started using student blogs for a number of reasons including: I was tired of grading worksheets with the same copied answers on them.I realized that these worksheets weren’t always helpful in learning content, and in fact, much of the time they got in the way of learning.Student in my classes have access to a MacBook cart whenever they are in my classroom and we have fantastically dependable wireless internet connectivity for these laptops (yay tech support!). With all these highfalutin ideals in mind, we launched our blogs at the beginning of this school year, with some fear and trembling.
Very few students had done any blogging before, although a couple had existing blogs from their English classes. The first challenge was to get everyone signed on to one of the blogging services. Blogging about diseases - for science! (And fun.) - The Plainspoken Scientist. By Shane M Hanlon I’m a disease ecologist by training. As a graduate student I investigated how agricultural runoff, mainly in the form of pesticides, alters the effects of fungal disease in amphibians. I still collaborate on primarily disease-related projects with my peers. And, as an added bonus, I get to spend three weeks each summer teaching a disease ecology course at Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (- the place where my love of science blossomed as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh.
There are certain perks of teaching a field course, mainly getting to spend at least part of every day in the field. So far we’ve caught salamanders and frogs and tested them for the amphibian chytrid fungus, wandered through the forest to learn about tree diseases from a forest biologists, seined for fish in Pymatuning reservoir, and watched learned (through demonstration) how USDA biologists test for rabies in raccoons. Disease Ecology Blog Assignment Goals: Teacher invites Twitter into the classroom | Science News for Students. Explaining a scientific concept in only 140 characters can be almost impossible.
But connecting with a researcher or following a big event in the scientific world? That can be just a tweet away. A middle school teacher has shared how his students use Twitter in the classroom. Each post — or tweet — to this online social network can run no more than 140 characters. But it can be enough for students to engage in meaningful and personalized science experiences. That said, it’s also best to be prepared for the potential fallout when tween meets screen. Ryan Becker teaches physical science to eighth graders at Woodstock Union Middle School in Woodstock, Vt. Becker soon realized that he didn’t want to limit Twitter to teachers interacting with other educators. Becker and Penny Bishop, who studies middle-school education at the University of Vermont in Burlington, have now published a paper on using Twitter in middle-school science.
Getting started monkeybusinessimages/ iStockphoto Follow Eureka! Mr. Featherstone's Class Blog: UNIT PROJECT: FACEBOOK a CHARACTER!!! Snapchat As A Tool For Teachers : NPR Ed. What's the first step of learning? Paying attention. Which may be hard for students to do when they're constantly peeking at their phones. So, as the adage goes: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. One app that teachers are embracing is Snapchat. That's the one where you send a video or picture, and then it disappears 10 seconds after you open it.
For some teachers, it makes sense. Their students are already using it. And so, Michael Britt thought, why not go there? Since last fall, Britt has built Snapchat videos into his introductory psychology class. "The best way to learn new material is to try to personalize it to your life," Britt says. Plus, Britt has guaranteed an audience for his effort: About 90 percent of his students look at and use his Snapchats to study, he estimates. Systematic Desensitization Salma Metwally, a freshman in Britt's class last semester, thinks that helped raise her grades. "When you're sitting in an 8 a.m. lecture, it's hard to listen to a professor," she says.
Snap4Science - Awesome Science on Snapchat! Social Media Infographic. Using Social Media in the Classroom. In this article I will be discussing ways that you can use social media in your classes and courses. BlogsA blog (from the term, ‘weblog’) is a self-published, web-based collection of writing and (sometimes) photos. Blogs differ greatly in focus, sophistication (of topics and language) and popularity. The culture of blogging calls for regular updates, exchange of comments, and (usually) short posts. Blogs offer a hugely exciting platform for learners to express themselves in a new language. The fact that posts are generally short, and that new content is added frequently, make them attractive and exciting for classroom adaptation.
You can use them in the following ways: 1) Building a class blog, where students can take it in turns to write posts on topics of interest. 2) Creating lessons based on blogs. 3) Having students start their own blogs. TwitterTwitter is a microblogging site. 3) Practice of short forms- the concise nature of Twitter lends itself to this Tom Hayton.
A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom. Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true? ☐ Should we teach letter-writing in the classroom? The Social Media Answer ☑ There's one form of writing that can arguably get someone fired, hired or forced to retire faster than any other form of writing. One form of writing is that powerful. If you guessed social media, you're right. The Social Media Myth The myth about social media in the classroom is that if you use it, kids will be Tweeting, Facebooking and Snapchatting while you're trying to teach. You don't even have to bring the most popular social media sites into your classroom. 12 Ways Teachers are Using Social Media in the Classroom Right Now Tweet or post status updates as a class.
It's in the Standards Social media is here. How Social Media Can Support Science and Digital Literacy — Engaging Science. Paul Darvasi’s high school English classroom in Toronto, Ontario is anything but ordinary – it is blurring the lines between formal and informal education. A lifelong gamer and PhD candidate in York University’s Language, Culture and Teaching program, Paul designed a multimedia, alternative reality experience called The Ward Game to teach One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to his senior English class. Darvasi uses social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to provide game instructions from the fictional totalitarian character “The Big Nurse,” played by Darvasi himself.
He did not use social media the first year he implemented the 30-day game, but it vastly improved the student experience in the second. “It allowed for the game to spill outside of the classroom and immerse them in play day and night, weekday and weekend,” says Darvasi who saw levels of engagement from his students he had rarely seen before. Paul Darvasi as “The Big Nurse” in The Ward Game 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. An editable social media policy for schools that works. Let’s say you’re a teacher, school administrator, or government official looking to utilize social media in education. No matter your position, it’s important to understand the various problems that might arise.
From misuse to abuse to bullying, there are a lot of potential issues you should consider. That’s why this ‘Social Media Policy For Schools’ is worth checking out. Simply put, it’s a document that you can download and edit to your needs. It was crowdsourced through the magic of Google Drive and has become the below document which has been used in schools around the world. As with any policy, be sure to tailor it to your exact needs. Want the editable Microsoft Word Doc? Introduction YOUR SCHOOL recognizes that access to technology in school gives students, parents and teachers greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life, and citizenship.
Please do the following: Use good judgment Be respectful Be a good listener Images.