Sunday, May 6, 2012

Episode 016 Podcast - "Technology in Science"

The State of Tech - Episode 16 - "Technology in Science"

Summary: In this episode we talk about using technology in science, including best practices, ideas, resources, programs, websites, apps, and more to improve teaching and learning of K-12 science.

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Listen to Audio Episode Online: MP3 link

Show Notes (click "Read more" to see full show notes if they are not already displayed below.)
  • Sean Beavers -
  • Eric Curts -
  • Eric Griffith -
  • Mike McCauley - - 8th Grade, Twality Middle School, Tigard, Oregon
  • Brian Bennett - or @bennettscience on Twitter - High school biology and chemistry (9-12) - William Henry Harrison High School, Evansville, IN
  • Infohio “Pass It On” Contest -
  • Technology Planning Series from The Ohio Schools Commission - Webinar May 16th “Challenges and Applications of the Cloud” from 2:00pm - 3:30pm. Link
  • Educator Evaluation Symposium - May 25th at the Columbus Convention Center. Link
  • PD in Your PJs Virtual Conference - Sponsored by The State of Tech and ITIP Ohio. June 16th, 12pm - 5pm. Call for presenters now open. Link
  • Ohio Google Apps Summit - May 10th. Still accepting registrations. Link
Awesome Thing of the Week
  • Sean: Kanex ATV Pro: Connect your Apple TV to standard definition projectors with RGB in. $59.00. Link
  • Eric C: Remind 101 - - Free service for teachers to text or email students and parents
  • Eric G: Google's Edu On Air Professional development site Link
Main Topic: Technology in Science

Useful Links
Example of student video:
Survey feedback:

Phil Rangel - Antwerp, Ohio - I have my students use several interactive applications (flash or java) about big topics that are difficult to grasp within a classroom or text.
Missy Petrie - James A Garfield High School - Garrettsville, OH - I am using a lot of simulations, especially if we lack the equipment to run the experiments. There are lots of video clips to throw into lectures to bring the kids back to the information and give them more "tangible" information.
Jill Rainey - North Union Middle School - Richwood, OH
I use a Smartboard daily and build in interactive activities and games to enhance my lessons. I also use online sites, online textbook, digital resources - such as online timelines, Prezi/Sliderocket, digital animations, and Flip cameras in my lessons as well as for students to utilize in projects.

Dusty Dannemiller - NCMS - North Canton, Ohio
SmartBoard for notes and demo purposes, Video clips from Professional Scientists and labs because my scopes are too weak to see details in organisms, Online surveys as quizzes that are instantly graded and reported back to the kids, WebQuests, Inquiry based anecdotal recording of each class, Web resources from textbook company, BrainPop, Google Apps, FOSSweb
Kim Mutchler - Bucyrus Elementary School - Bucyrus, Ohio
I have a computer microscope that the kids love to use. We research topics right in the middle of class on my smartboard when we run across new information or a question arises. My students love and I like the Tom Snyder, "Science Court" series. These give students visuals of the topic and activities and experiments in class.
Paul Perry - 8th Grade Science - Castle North Middle School
Rachael Harpel - Vantage Career Center, Van Wert, OH
Jen Naujock - AWHS - Whitehouse, OH - I have students listen to podcast segments (Radiolab) where it relates to our subject material. They provide a source of learning for me and a chance to bring real science (ideas, questions, research) into the classroom.
Erica Posthuma-Adams - 10-12th grade, Chemistry I, AP Chemistry at New Palestine High School in New Palestine, IN - My classroom 1:1 using macbooks. My students use evernote and dropbox to organize their notes and files. I use Vernier probeware, Vernier Labquests, and the LoggerPro software to collect and analyze lab data. I manage a virtual classroom using Moodle and house all lectures and class files online. I have access to a classroom set of iPads. My students use the iPads to access Moodle and complete online homework assignments using CALM (computer assisted learning method). I have started to use "explain everything" to create podcasts to post on my moodle site. The student response to the podcast has been very positive.
  • Vernier's LoggerPro Software - this software is affordable and powerful.
  • - great simulations for chemistry, physics, and biology
  • Caroline Biological chemistry apps for iPhone and iPad - I like the nomenclature app because it allows students to challenge each other for better scores.
  • - free science videos to use in the classroom, produced by NBC. These cover a variety of topics and are REALLY well done. Also - a mobile app is available.
  • - I haven't had a lot of time to experiment with this but the company has a mobile app for the iPad. What I have seen looks promising.
Next episodes
  • May 19 - LMS Comparison - Survey is still open: Survey Link
  • June 2- LMS Uses - Survey is still open: Survey Link
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