Digital Toolbox for Science Teachers and Learners 2012

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Published on November 29, 2012

Author: brittgow



Presentation for Science Teachers Association of Victoria conference 2012

Digital Toolbox for Science Teachers and Learners

Britt GowHawkesdale P12 Collegebrittgow@gmail.comTwitter: @brittgow

“A decade ago, areview of Australianscienceeducation, revealedmany students weredisappointed withtheir high schoolscience. Today, thisdisenchantmentcontinues, asevidenced by thedeclining number ofstudents choosing tostudy science insenior secondaryschool.” Prof. S. Cory

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Today’s learner’s are:• Multi-taskers• Digitally literate• Mobile and connected 24/7• Experiential and Social• Visual / spatial learners with• Fast response times & short attention spans

• The Power to Engage• Students use technology already• Its not going to go will only grow• Professional development• Employers want their workers to use internet tools

“If our kids are going to live longer than us, they need tohave a passion for learning to sustain them. Not content knowledge, but learning to learn. One eighth of the 21stcentury is gone already – get cracking with 21st century learning” Stephen Heppell

“Teaching is an art form nota delivery system.”“A tool is only as powerfulas the creativity of theperson who uses it.”“A cupboard full ofinstruments does notproduce music – a suitcaseof web tools does not leadto creativity on it’s own.”Sir Ken Robinson

Wordle for word clouds

Tagxedo for word clouds

Word clouds• Brainstorming at the beginning of a unit• As a check that students have understood all the terms used in a topic• A summary of a unit of work


Linoit for student feedback

Notice boards and sticky notes• Brainstorming• Exit slips – what have you learnt?• Questions students have about a topic• Surveys – what do you want to learn?• Reminders for concept maps

Concept maps• At the beginning of a unit to outline the scope• Student-created to demonstrate understanding of a topic

Voicethread• Voice• Text• Annotations with colour• Can be embedded in blogs, wikis etc.• Multiple people can comment on images• Can upload photos or videos from files, Flickr• Searchable• Assessment tool


Quiz revolution

Quizzes• Terms and definitions• Student created for peer assessment• Quizlet has options (flashcards, study, test)• Can add images with Quiz Revolution• Saved online and searchable

Google Drive

Google Drive• Shared documents• Shared presentations• Create forms (for student surveys)• Embed into blogs and wikis

Students can create their own webpage in a wiki anduse the URL to create a QR (quick response) code thatdirects the user to the information in their webpage.

QR codes• Treasure hunts• Mystery organs/systems/animals/plants• Link to student-created quizzes, videos, wiki pages

Comics and cartoons

"Pivot" is software that allows creation of stick figure animations that can be converted to video.

Your students can enter the 60 second sciencecompetition by explaining a scientific concept.

Products for Assessment• Blogs > global2 or edublogs• Slideshows > Slideshare• Animations > ToonDo• Cartoons > ComicLife• E-Posters > Glogster• Digital stories > Photostory• Team work > Wikispaces• Mash-ups > Windows Movie Maker; iMovie• Videos > You-Tube; Vimeo

Practical considerations• Technology does not replace experiments• Does every student have access to devices?• Does every student have internet access?• Preferred learning styles?• Concentration span – mix it up!• Plan B and Plan C• Best tool for the job of learning

Thank you!•• Twitter - @brittgow• Technoscience blog -

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