Videoconferencing to Connect Students With Science & STEM Experts | STAO Connex by Julie Vander Meij

Technology Focus: Videoconferencing allows you to connect your class live to a guest speaker, to learn from them, and ask them questions. This is enabled through online tools such as Virtual Researcher on Call, Google Hangouts and Skype.

Description: 

 Videoconferencing allows students to connect to science professionals, engineers and other STEM experts and provides relevant real-world contexts and personal stories that help students engage with science curriculum. It can also address STSE expectations (Science, Technology, Society and the Environment) and Strand A expectations.

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Designing an Evolution Website | STAO Connex by Ana Pereira Neves

Wix is a technology tool that allows students to design creative, engaging, and interactive websites using class content.

Technology Focus: Website Design using http://www.wix.com

Level: This tool provides teachers and students with many simple tutorials that highlight its features.  Some prior knowledge of website design is useful, but not required to use this tool.

Audience

Wix can be used in different units in the science curriculum as an assessment of learning tool.  This resource will specifically demonstrate the use of Wix as an assessment of learning tool in the evolution unit of the SBI3U course. Continue reading

Grappling with Controversial Issues using Google Forms and Polleverywhere

What is this? Google Forms allows students to survey groups of people to get their opinions on key questions related to controversial issues (e.g., Reproductive cloning or Opt in vs. Opt out organ transplantation systems to relieve the organ shortage crisis).  They can combine the survey results with their own background research to make a recommendation to a governmental agency.

Polleverywhere is a polling website that is meant to be used with a live audience as people can see the responses of others.  This can be used to engage the audience if they choose to do a presentation.

How do I use this? The teacher can create a survey using Google Forms (watch the video link below that shows you how).  This data is automatically placed in an Google sheet and can be used to generate graphs that can be used to help students analyze and interpret the data.  Key graphs can be used in the student report or presentation.

Why use this?  Google Forms allows for easy collection and compilation of data.  This allows students to spend their time on analysis and reflection rather than counting up responses.  An additional perk is that the action of passing out a device about different issues triggers conversations that do not happen as much when using paper and pencil surveys.

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USING THE ZING STIKBOT APP (STIKBOT STUDIO) TO CREATE SHORT FILMS ABOUT THE HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT – by Sofia Saleem

In this activity, students  will utilize the StikBot App (Stikbot Studio), an application easily downloadable on Apple and Android products (e.g. Ipads, Iphones, Tablets, etc.) to produce short films using stop motion animation as a form of storytelling in the Grade 7 Understanding Life Systems Unit to support their own inquiry questions.

Technology Focus:  Zing Stikbot Studio App (Stikbot Studio) on iOS (Apple) and Android Devices; Google Docs for Conferencing/Anecdotal feedback; Google Docs Rubrics for Assessment

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This resource is part of STAO’s Technology Enabled Learning Collection.  

Thanks for the great ideas Sofia!!!!!!

Slowmation – A Narrated Stop Motion Teaching Tool

A “Slowmation” (abbreviated from “Slow Animation”) is a simplified way for teachers or students to design and make a narrated stop-motion animation that is played slowly at 2 frames/second to explain a concept or tell a story. The explanation can be enhanced with text or music and is an engaging way to learn because students conduct research and use their own technology to design a sequence of representations culminating in the slowmation, which is a multimodal digital representation. Continue reading

Reviewing Making Molecules Activity Using “Remind”

Molecule model on periodic table of the elements

Remind allows teachers to send messages to students and parents regarding upcoming assignments, meetings, events, and activities.  This application also permits teachers to check which students have read their messages.  Messages can be sent to individuals, to a group, or to a class.   Remind is safe since phone numbers, which can be used to invite members, are kept confidential and members will have to download the Remind application to receive ongoing messages or they can communicate using e-mail.  Continue reading

IT’S A MINECRAFT PARTY: USING MINECRAFT IN A SCIENCE CLASSROOM – by Jonathan So

This resource was created to demonstrate an effective use of integrating technology in a Science classroom. This particular resource is about using Minecraft in the classroom and implementing gaming as a fun and engaging way to consolidate science concepts. There is something for everyone in this resource no matter where you are in your learning journey: whether you are currently using technology in your classroom effectively, just beginning to use technology, or wanting to begin, this resource will assist you in your learning process. Continue reading

Recording a Screen Cast – by Leila Knetsch, TDSB

We have a lot of interruptions during the school day, including having an assembly that makes you lose one class but not that other.  Recently I had that situation and was annoyed about that.  So I screencast (recorded a voice over while going through my powerpoint) two recordings.

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