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1 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Decision Making in the Science Classroom Ben Smith and Jared Mader Red Lion Area School District Saturday, March 29, 2008

2 About Us Ben Smith: Physics Teacher K-12 Science Coordinator Technology Resource Teacher Keystone Technology Integrator Doctoral Student in Instructional Technology STAR Discovery Educator ISTE Consultant BlendedSchools Consultant Jared Mader: Director of Technology Former Chemistry Teacher Technology Staff Development Trainer Keystone Technology Integrator Masters Student in Instructional Technology STAR Discovery Educator BlendedSchools Consultant

3 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) The trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation.

4 Nonprofit international membership association. Focuses on improving teaching and student learning using technology as a tool. Connects educators to learn from each other. Promotes best practices from the field. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

5 Presents: The National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

6 2008 Presentations NSTA Creativity and Innovation in Science Friday, March 28, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 258 C Communication and Collaboration in Science Saturday, March 29, 8:00 - 9:00 AM, Room 258 C Critical Thinking, Research and Information Fluency in Science Saturday, March 29, 9:30 - 10:30 AM, Room 258 C Problem Solving & Decision Making in Science Saturday, March 29, 11:00 - 12:00 PM, Room 258 C Tech Savvy Science Teachers Panel Discussion Saturday, March 29, 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Room 258 C Digitizing the Science Classroom - Prepare Students for the Global Society Saturday, March 29, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Room 258 C What Should Teachers Know and Be Able to Do With Technology in the Classroom? Saturday, March 29, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, Room 258 C

7 2008 Presentations NECC The Technology-based Science Classroom Monday, June 30, 8:30 - 11:30 AM Student Creativity and Innovation in Schools Monday, June 30, 3:30 - 4:30 PM The How-To Workshop for New Technologies Tuesday, July 1, 12:30 - 7:30 PM

8 Ready or Not... The World is Different Then … Now Now … telecommunications audio tapes video tapes simulationsemail web projects problem-solvingmultimedia mobile access laptops (1:1 access) GIS/GPS systems instant messaging wikis / blogs MUVEs cell phones virtual reality

9 How we work

10 "Knowing content" is not sufficient in itself -- rather, students must apply knowledge to: construct new understandings, solve problems make decisions develop products and communicate Technology can facilitate this type of learning

11 Teacher directed, memory- focused instruction Student-centered, performance- focused learning Isolated work on invented exercises Collaborative work on authentic, real-work projects Factual, literal thinking for competence Creative thinking for innovation and original solutions Transforming Learning Environments Traditional EnvironmentsEmerging Learning Landscape

12 Our Reality Labs within our rooms - 2-3 students per computer CFF Cohort 2 School - 1 to 1 in my classroom Students arrive with intuitiveness, but not the specific skills to use the technology - We need to teach the skills first or in conjunction with the curriculum Students may or may not have access to the internet and other software at home

13 Pedagogical Foundations Curriculum must drive the need for technology integration Technology is simply the tool used to facilitate student-centered learning Technology makes it easier to accomplish Taxonomy of Technology Use 1 Experiencing Informing Reinforcing Integrating Utilizing 1 Thomas and Boysen, Iowa State University, 1984

14 National Educational Technology Standards for Students 1.Creativity and Innovation 2.Communication & Collaboration 3.Research & Information Fluency 4.Critical Thinking, Problem- Solving, & Decision-Making 5.Digital Citizenship 6.Technology Operations and Concepts

15 Problem Solving & Decision Making What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world... ISTE: NETS-S: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students: identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

16 Technology Tools to Enhance Labs Lab Tools What you need Websites to provide labs PowerPoint Inspiration Logger Pro / DataStudio iMovie / MovieMaker Word Excel Internet Access - Web 2.0 Lab Projects What our students do Short-term Projects Chemical Reactions Web Video Inspiring Projects PortfoliosPortfolios (Long-term projects) PowerPoint iWeb Digital Storytelling Virtual Labs Powerpoint as a tool Lab Reports Poster Sessions Digital Notebooks End

17 Lab Activities and Tools Screen Capture Cameras Camcorders Scanners Digital Slate Microphone - Podcasting Virtual Labs - Confirming Work and Extending Probes Vernier - Logger Pro Pasco - DataStudio

18 Science Probes Vernier and Pasco probeware used to collect and plot data What to do after the data is collected?

19 Lab Reporting Software to Use - Students Make Choices Word Excel / Graphical Analysis / Zoho / Google Docs PowerPoint Templates Inspiration iMovie Collaboration Discussions Web 2.0 Tools

20 Digital Notebooks Examine software from Interactive Whiteboards including mimio and Smart Word Template Look online - Circus Ponies Hardware component: Wacom pads

21 PowerPoint - Results Lab Reports Students create a page for every required laboratory section Template can be provided Students Integrate digital media into lab report Poster Session Template

22 Non Traditional Lab Reports Poster Sessions - PowerPoint PowerPoint Inspiration iMovie - Digital Storytelling iWeb

23 Digital Lab Reports iMovie / MovieMaker Slideshows / JumpCut

24 Post Lab Activities Portfolios and Showing Off Blogging - Telling everyone about it Student to Student Communication Critique each other

25 PowerPoint - Portfolios Students reflect upon their work What is appropriate to include? What is their best work? What demonstrates they understand the course material? Students create digital media Portfolios allow students to reflect upon their work and demonstrate exemplary projects Student Example

26 Portfolio - iWeb Students create websites using easy web authoring software Websites demonstrate exemplary work and post to district website

27 Questions Email: Website:

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