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David Wetzel

Scientific Inquiry as a Process for Learning: Teaching Science Using an Inquiry Based A... - 1 views

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    Teaching strategies of guided and student initiated inquiry are the basis of learning science when conducting scientific investigations.
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Teaching Science and Math Daily - 7 views

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    Daily summary of the stories, articles, and resources for teaching K-12 science and math.
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Modeling the Composition of Earth's Atmosphere: The Layer of Gases Surrounding Planet E... - 2 views

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    This is a hands-on, minds-on approach to provide students with a concrete model of the earth's atmosphere to visualize the gases which comprise the air they breath.

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Investigating the Impact of Artificial Reefs: Problem-Based Learning Study of Human Inf... - 2 views

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    Students make connections with many science concepts and communicate their recommendations to officials and organizations regarding the future of artificial reefs.

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3 Best Practices of Successful Science and Math Teachers - 3 views

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    What does it mean to be a successful science or math teacher? The definition of success is an elusive thing and measured in many ways. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines success as - resulting in or gaining a favorable outcome. This, without a doubt, is your and every other teacher's goal for their students.
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To Blog or Not To Blog in Science or Math Class - 4 views

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    The primary purpose of blog is to facilitate interaction between a teacher and his or her students. This is possible because a blog is a dynamic tool which can be easily updated or transformed as necessary to meet the needs of a science or math class.

    The integration of blog technology in a class requires an investment of time. Because of this commitment, additional evidence is needed to support the integration this technology in a science or math class curriculum.
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6 Online Project Based Learning Resources for Science and Math - 3 views

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    When students are engaged in learning science or math which is personal to them (real world problem solving), they become more engaged in the learning process. Project based learning situations in science and math increase opportunity for students to internalize and make connections.
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Creative Ways to Use Podcasts in the Classroom - 9 views

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    Strategies and techniques are provided for integrating podcasts lessons to promote the benefits of greater student engagement and alternative assessment.


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Stimulating Critical Thinking through a Technological Lens - 4 views

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    Stimulating critical thinking using technology has the potential to create more in depth understanding of science and math content by students when engaged in learning activities which integrate in-class and on-line technology resources.

    Technology tools support stimulation of both inquiry-based and critical thinking skills by engaging students in exploring, thinking, reading, writing, researching, inventing, problem-solving, and experiencing the world outside their classroom. This is accomplished through learning content through the lens of video to multimedia to the internet (Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement, NCREL, 2005).
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5 Creative Ways to Use Flip Cameras in Science and Math - 6 views

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    The Flip camera is great for all types of projects in science and math - at any grade level. Flip cameras are small handheld video cameras that can record 30 or 60 minutes worth of video. They connect to a computer with a USB plug that "flips" out from the side of the camera.

    The benefits of these cameras include another means for assessing students understanding of concepts beyond worksheets and tests. Besides a teacher's record, the videos provide a digital record for parents and administrators to show a student's successes or areas which need improvement.
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Project Based Learning Viewed Through a Digital Lens - 4 views

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    Often we search for meaningful ways to integrate digital technology in project based learning activities given to our students. We also would like our students to develop a thorough understanding of the concepts underlying the work - after all this is the purpose of the project.

    Giving students the opportunity to complete and present their project through a digital lens has one great advantage - student engagement. This in turn causes students to develop a more in depth understanding of concepts.
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Ideas and Strategies for Using Voice Thread in Science and Math - 6 views

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    Are you searching for a way to share documents, presentations, slideshows, or a series of photos or images with your students?

    Then Voice Thread is the free Web 2.0 tool for you and your students (teachers can register for a free education account).
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5 Ways to Integrate Science Process Skills in Lessons - 1 views

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    Integrating the science process skills within your teaching does not require drastic changes. It simply involves making the process of science more explicit in lessons, investigations, and activities you are already using in your curriculum.

    The science process skills are the methods used for helping our students understand how we know what we know about the world in which they live. This often means going beyond a science textbook and supplementing the core-content within textbooks. It also means using your course content as a means for exposing students to the real process of science.
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Saving the Sports Complex Algebra Project - 3 views

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    An algebra project focusing on a theme which interests students is more likely to engage them in the project, so lets take a look at sports. Many students participate in sports at some level, whether as part of a school team or a community team.

    For the most part these same students do not understand the costs involved to host the sport. Also, they do not understand how much money is needed to ensure a profitable season so the sport can continue from year to year.
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Using the Web 2.0 WallWisher Tool in Science Classes - 5 views

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    What is Wallwisher and why use it? Its a Web 2.0 application which allows students to express their thoughts or share information on a science concept.
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Investigating Natural Disasters Using Web 2.0 Tools - 9 views

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    When word of a natural disaster is spreading from somewhere in the world or announced on the news, students can use Google Earth to conduct an investigation of the disaster's effect.
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7 Online Science Projects for All Grade Levels: Project Based Learning Science Activiti... - 6 views

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    Projects in science are provided which take full advantage of Internet resources to help students develop a better understanding of the world in which they live.


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Solving Weaknesses in Math Education using Project Based Learning - 4 views

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    A framework is provided for making connections between everyday math problem and solving real world math problems. Connections are made regarding project based learning for teachers new to the process, along with recommendations for teachers who are veterans of project based learning.
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Integrating Technology into Project Based Learning - 8 views

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    "Integration of technology is an integral part of project based learning, because technology is an integral part of life outside the classroom as revealed in this part of the definition - "types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.""
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Three Project Based Learning Resources: Free Online Resources for Student Collaboration... - 12 views

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    Project based learning using all or any of the three online resources offers a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges.


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