Our objective for this weeks class focused on integrating technology.  After we heard a two minute sales pitch from a member of each of the six technology stations (Smartboard, Dabbleboard, Infiinite Campus, Voicethread, Podcasting and HotChalk)  we were to choose three to visit and learn about their affordances, limitations and possible ways each could be integrated into the science classroom.

Smartboard
  • AffordancesInteractive technology that engages students, Teacher or Student Centered, provides a window to student thinking
  • Limitations cost of purchasing, requires training to learn how to use efficiently and effectively
  • Ways to integrate into the science classroom – balance chemical equations, identify parts of a cell, record the step by step approach used to solve physics, chemistry or other problems, vocabulary matching
Dabbleboard

  • Affordancesencourages student collaboration, encourages student to make connections (deepens student understanding), provides students with creative ways to express understanding
  • Limitations all options are not available unless you sign up for a subscription, a small time laps does exist when students are working together, (changes do not appear immediately)
  • Ways to integrate into the science classroom – create concept maps
Infinite Campus
  • Affordances teachers can check on students attendance/schedule throughout the day, teachers can upload their grades for parents and students to view, teachers have access to students IEP’s, teachers can create seating charts, parents can have information sent to their email accounts or cell phone
  • Limitations – attendance is not always accurate, time consuming (system is slow and does not let you input data quickly), cannot be used unless school district purchases
  • Ways to integrate into the science classroom – use to increase communication between teachers, parents, and students, regarding grades, attendance, behavior and upcoming assignments

Voicethread
  • Affordances -deepens student understanding, developing a community, fosters student ownership and recognition, provides a window to student thinking, provides students with a new way to participate outside of the class setting
  • Limitations requires the use of a computer (all students do not have access to a computer), adding sound requires the use a of microphone (students without a mic have limited options for contributing)(voice volume can vary considerably), time-consuming (significant teacher moderation may be required, depending on the voicethread students may not be able to draw and talk
  • Ways to integrate into the science classroom – Teacher-centered annotated review or demonstration, Student-centered peer-teaching, Student-centered reflection on recorded class demonstration or other content, Voice-enhanced directions for IEP compliance
Podcasting
  • Affordances – allows for student and or teacher expression/creative expression, provides a window to student thinking, provides unique learning opportunities (provides an alternative to lectures), opportunity to address online safety, privacy, and responsibility with students, encourages student voice
  • Limitations – time consuming, students may not have access to a computer making it difficult to create and or watch
  • Ways to integrate into the science classroom – review for a test, introduce and or review safety rules, show a demonstration
Hotchalk
  • Affordances – students can keep track of assignments (students accountability), extends the interaction beyond the classroom but no more than email would do, involves parents but only in grade view, provides a place to post links to resources
  • Limitations – communication between teacher and student but not between students, teachers cannot connect to resources outside of the HotChalk library resources, assignments created by the teacher are limited to multiple choice and true false (this does not allow the students to develop a deeper understanding because students are not constructing knowledge but rather regurgitating information), teachers only have access to certain materials and resources if they join for free
  • Ways to integrate into the science classroom – administer formative assessments with quick feedback for students and teachers, show science videos to supplement learning, post links to science resources, post quizzes and assignments for students to complete online

Reminders and Due Dates:

  1. Email April if you would like additional help with blogging
  2. Do not forget to submit STANYS and NSTA applications
  3. Pre-service teachers – Project 1 (Systematic) due the week of 11/24
  4. In-service teachers – How To Web Documents final upload due the week of 11/24

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