Science

In a 21st Century Classroom

Student Engagement

Engaging students in "fact-based" content can be a challenge. Many students aren't intrinsically motivated by content alone and need extrinsic factors to inspire motivation.

In this 21st Century world, technology has become a key component in cross-curricular education.


This video provides a good example of what it looks like to implement the use of technology during class time. For time's sake, feel free to just watch some of this video, but think about how this class would be different if students were not using technology. Would they enjoy class as much? Would they learn as well?

How Technology Has Changed My Science Classroom

Games

Online games have become an effective medium in teaching science to elementary students, and there are many different ways to effectively implement this strategy in the classroom.


Education World has compiled a list of games intended for students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, covering several topics within the science curriculum.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/archives/sciencemachine.shtml


Games, though they motivate students extrinsically, can be a powerful way to begin a lesson and foster interest in a topic.

Using Videos for Labs and Experiments

Science Fix offers a variety of supplemental videos that cover experiments taught at a level students can understand.

Video labs and experiments can be a great way to do experiments that are too complex to do with a class. Using videos can also provide an expert perspective on different topics.

This is a very great supplemental resource!


The video below is just an example of a video lab experiment. It's not necessary to watch it unless you are interested in melting rates.

Melting Rates

Use Discovery Education to Discover the World from the Classroom!

Many teachers are discovering that their classrooms are coming alive with the use of iPads and the Discovery Education app. Students are not only engaged in their learning, but through the use of technology, they are seeing more of the world than the teacher could ever show them before.


View this video and think about which age levels this would be appropriate for. Would you use the Discovery Learning iPad app with elementary students AND high school students, or just one or the other?

Discovery Education-Powered iPad Transforms Classrooms
"One of the coolest things that one of my high school teachers did was give us three months to work on a 20-minute video project on a specific topic in the class. The class was on chemistry, and our topic was the chemistry of global warming. To this day, I could tell you just about anything about global-warming chemistry. A video project was so much more fun than a boring research paper!"


Problem Based Learning is a highly effective way for students to learn about a specialized topic. It gives students a problem (or a project) and asks them to solve it, or if they can't, to discuss what they learned from the project. It allows students to become experts and teach the class.


View the video below and think about this school is unique in their implementation of technology and PBL. How could this be used with younger grades?

Problem-based Learning

So what? Why is all of this important?

Technology is an incredibly useful tool that has begun to change the atmosphere of 21st century classrooms. Technology is helping students to become more engaged in their classes through games, videos, and problem based learning.

Think you've got it all?