Category Archives: Science

Students Love Discovery Education Science Techbook

Quotes from students this year about the Discovery Education Science Techbook:

” Mr. Rowland, can I get Science Techbook at home?”

“Would it be OK if I took my username card home so I can work on this at home?”

“Science Techbook actually makes science fun!”

“We learned about Earthquakes on Friday and we had an earthquake on Saturday!”

“I think Science Techbook is the best because I love the videos, we all do!”

I have the distinct privilege of training teachers and students how to use technology in Greenville County Title I schools.  After attending a workshop with  Discovery Techbook in October, I decided to train teachers and students how to use Techbook and set that as my professional goal for the 2013-2014 school year.

Welcome Elementary School and Monaview Elementary School piloted DE Techbook this year.  I decided to spend time working with teachers during planning and after school to help them plan lessons and navigate the app.  The best part was modeling ways to integrate the amazing resources that are available to students using this app in their classrooms.

Welcome Elementary is a 1:1 iPad school and Monaview Elementary has a variety of devices such as laptops, iPads, mini iPads, Dell tablets, and 2 computer labs.

Both schools have a Virtual Science Lab and are able to partner with each other during Science experiments.

Here is the padlet wall that I built to help teachers with the Techbook Implementation. I took off the school specific information that I originally included on the padlet wall.

Here is a video as I introduce Techbook to students in 3rd grade.

Discovery Education Science Techbook: AMAZING!

My goal this year is to show teachers at Monaview and Welcome how to utilize Discovery Ed Techbook and create assignments for students.  Here is a flyer about the iPad and Techbook.

Discovery Education is a fabulous resource for students and teachers.

1. You need to know your students log-in information before they can access the resources.

2. Log-in to your Discovery Education account.

3. Click on Classroom Manager.discovery ed classroom roster 1

4. Go to My Students and click Print Roster.

5. You will see your students’ log-in information.

6. Cut the roster into individual strips so the students can have their log-in information. Keep it in a secure place.

7. Now your students can access the wonderful features of Discovery Education.

Here is a short video showing students using Science Techbook in 3rd grade.

Elementary Schools Understand Technology Integration

As I worked with 2 elementary schools this week, I wanted to shout from the rooftops about the fantastic teaching I saw.  These elementary teachers and administrators understand the need for movement, sharing ideas, and engagement in the classroom.  I wish that other educators could observe the learning that takes place in these classes.  I wish that colleges and universities could see the skill level of our students and the lessons that teachers are designing that fosters creative thinking and problem solving.

I liked to share some of the most amazing lessons that I witnessed this week at Welcome Elementary School and Monaview Elementary School.  I saw a K4 teacher using Evernote to keep a digital portfolio about each of her students. Students used iPads and laptops to read books using Raz-kids and the HMH App.

Teachers designed lessons in Explain Everything and posted the lessons on their blogs.  They were using Discovery Education TechBook to create assignments for students and posting the links to the assignments on their blogs.

Here is a sample video showing the students in Mrs. Rahn’s class compiling research about Grasslands for their Digital Storytelling Project they will create in MovieMaker.  http://youtu.be/QBUxDlhYAD8

First graders were using www.abcya.com to type their spelling words and rhyming words in a Word Cloud. 4th graders were using the website:  www.toondo.com to create comic strips to show cause and effect as they studied Native Americans.  Then they inserted the comic strips into Word and wrote about the causes and effects of killing buffalo.

Teachers designed screencasting videos in Explain Everything to post on their blog and share via Edmodo.  They captured the heart of learning.  Here is a sample of a few of the digital lessons.  Keep it up teachers!

Common Core Research Projects for Elementary Education

Common Core Standards: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/CCRA/W

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Range of Writing

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Here are a few ways our students are conducting research in the classrooms.

Science Stations in 4th Grade

Research: Edmodo and Ask3

Graphic Organizers

Popplet Lite and Smart Art in Word are great tools to use to organize information and essential facts required for the research project.

My favorite website to use for research is Instagrok. You can change the reading level of your searches by sliding the bar at the top of the page, which is helpful and you can build your own Journal to share with students or they can create their own journals of notes.

Another favorite research tool is SC Discus.  Students can create workspace projects as they conduct their research.

Students using iPads have enjoyed using the App StoryKit  and Book Creator to create their own textbooks using photos, their own paintings, recordings of their voices, and typing their findings on each page.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/common-core-ela-resources-elementary-matt-davis.   Edutopia ideas

Publish Student Work

www.schooltube.com

Register for a Schooltube account tutorial

Upload videos to Schooltube tutorial

GCSD Blog publish video tutorial

Websites for Research

www.instagrok.com   Use Firefox or Chrome, not Internet Explorer

http://scdiscus.org     SCDiscus

www.enchantedlearning.com  Ask your PTA to buy a school account, no ads

Photos:

http://www.edutopia.org/life-magazine-online-photography-analysis

www.pics4Learning.com

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/lincoln/  Library of Congress

Apps:

 Book Creator  iMovie  StoryKit  SockPuppet  Popplet

QR Code Generator for FireFox

PDF QR Code Generator for Firefox

QR Code Movie: How to Create a QR Code

T Search Research Graphic Organizer

How to Create a T-Search Research Tshirt SCAN-ETS3327_000

Nanoogo

Fun Research Projects

Instagrok

Photos for Primary Sources 

Parker’s Blog

Sara’s Blog

http://childrenfirst.blog.greenville.k12.sc.us/files/2013/08/Learning-pyramid.jpg

STEAM at RMSC

Today I am showing some iPad Apps to the Greenville County Science Teachers Association at Roper Mountain Science Center.  The links for wonderful websites, livebinders, and apps will be posted on this blog site.

GCSTA Fall Newsletter 2012 (2)

STEM Livebinder Apps and Websites

November Calendar 2012  Websites and Apps for STEAM

My favorite apps for STEAM:

Techchef4u
Skitch
Educreations
Science 360
Voicethread
Toontastic
Curiosity School
MeteorMath
Videolicious
Qwiki

Paid Apps:
iMovie
Comic Life
WordFoto
iDraw
National Geographic
Mythbusters
Frog Dissection



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