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Virtual Labs

Standard:

S5P2. Students will explain the difference between a physical change and
a chemical change.
S5P1. Students will verify that an object is the sum of its parts.
S5P2. Students will explain the difference between a physical change and
a chemical change.
S5P3. Students will investigate the electricity, magnetism, and their
relationship.

Technology:

PHET

Discovery Education

Learning Science

Hands-on/minds-on science

Not every school, especially lower income schools, have access to a lab for students and
teachers to use when discussing science. Even schools who do have access to labs may not have
all the materials and tools they would like. Virtual labs allow students to get involved and
participate even if they arent hands on. Virtual labs are great because they have students do the
same procedures as they would physically, so students are still learning a great amount.

My favorite website I listed is Discovery Education because it has a place for parents,
students and teachers to visit.

Online projects

Standards:

S3L1. Students will investigate the habitats of different organisms and


the dependence of organisms on their habitat.
S3P1. Students will investigate how heat is produced and the effects of
heating and cooling, and will understand a change in temperature
indicates a change in heat.
S4L1. Students will describe the roles of organisms and the flow of energy
within an ecosystem.

Technology:
GLOBE
Project FeederWatch
Journey North

Our class textbook, Integrating Education Technology into Teaching says that
authentic science not only involves having students do science, it also includes
connecting science to student's lives and life experiences

Having students do online projects gives them experience with the scientific approach:
asking questions, setting up a hypothesis, collecting and analyzing data, communicating
the results and getting feed back

GLOBE: recommended from our book, is an environmental science project that has
students investigate weather, soil, water, and other natural occurrences and record their
observations

Project Feeder Watch: is another recommendation from our book. Students observe birds
and then record their observations on the site.

Journey North: has students looking into wildlife migration and seasonal changes and
other natural events, which would be helpful with the above standards.

Scientific Inquiry

Standards:

S1CS7. Students will understand important features of the process of


scientific inquiry.
S1CS7. Students will understand important features of the process of
scientific inquiry.
S2CS7. Students will understand important features of the process of
scientific inquiry.

Technology:

The Exploratorium Museum

National Science Digital Library

Digital Library for Earth System Education

The sites that I provided are sites that students can use to find out more information on
whatever topic they are interested in learning more about.

Social studies teachers could make this a LoTi level of 4 by having students research a
topic that is student created. Then, they could have students research online and go to
sites to talk to experts about their topic. Next, students could create their own library of
facts or museums that they could publish for other students and teachers to use.

On the ISTE-S, this would be under the number four credit, critical thinking, problem
solving, and decision making. Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct
research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using
appropriate digital tools and resources.

Online Field Trips

Standards:

S4E1. Students will compare and contrast the physical attributes of


stars, star patterns, and planets.

S4E2. Students will model the position and motion of the earth in the
solar system and will explain the role of relative position and motion
in determining sequence of the phases of the moon.

S4L1. Students will describe the roles of organisms and the flow of
energy within an ecosystem.

S4L2. Students will identify factors that affect the survival or


extinction of organisms such as adaptation, variation

Technology:
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Museum App

Zoo
Zoo App

Solar System
NASA Space

Like virtual labs, some schools may not have the funds to go to a field trip, so a virtual
field trip would be the next best thing! There are quite a few apps and online sites that
students can go to, to experience a field trip. The sites and apps that I listed are great for
science standards.
Students can go to the Smithsonian museum online and browse through the museum as if
they were actually there. Students can use the zoo website or app and watch a live feed of
the different zoo animals. The solar system website and the NASA space website works
likewise where students can go visit space at the comfort of their computer.

Teachers could do the same with a different content area such as social studies. For a
LoTi level 4, teachers could have their students visit a history museum of their choice
online and then create a power point, video, audio recording, or poster about what they
have learned. Teachers could then either publish or post their work for other students and
teachers to view

Online Graphing and Measuring

Standards:

S2CS2. Students will have the computation and estimation skills


necessary for analyzing data and following scientific explanations.
S2CS3. Students will use tools and instruments for observing, measuring,
and manipulating objects in scientific activities.

Technology:

Create A Graph

Online Chart Tool

ChartGo

iRuler

Measurement

Create a graph, online chart tool, and chartgo are all online tools that students and
teachers can use to create a graph. The different websites allow the students to pick the type of
graph that they want to use and they are able to label it, give it a tile, and anything else you
would expect students to be able to do if they were creating a hand drawn graph.

Students also need to be able to measure. The iRuler is a ruler that pops up on the
computer screen. The measurement site has fun games and tools for children to practice
measurement.

Not only does this cover the science standards but these tools can also be helpful to cover
math content

Ebooks

Standard:

S2CS1: Students will be aware of the importance of curiosity, honesty,


openness, and skepticism in science and will exhibit these traits in their
own efforts to understand how the world works
S2CS2: Students will have the computation and estimation skills
necessary for analyzing data and following scientific explanations
S2CS5: Students will communicate scientific ideas and activities clearly
S2E3: Students will observe and record changes in their surroundings and
infer the causes of the changes

Technology:

TikaTok

Book Creator

Barnes and Noble Storytime

National Geographic Young Explorer

Storyline Online

Starfall

Not only could Ebooks be created or read for science content but they could be used for
social studies and language arts.
TikTok: is a website where students can create their own eBooks on anything they would
like
Book Creator: is great because students of all ages can use this App to create pieces of
writings
If students have access to iPads they can create stories using different apps.

Some apps to create books include: Scribble Press, Story Patch, Paper Desk Lite, eBook
and Keynote. eBook is great because if students have visual impairments they can record
their story instead of typing
Lower level students, or even advanced students, may want to use apps for images for
their books, or just to draw to tell their story it they arent writing yet. Some apps are:
Drawing Box, Drawing Pad, Doodle Buddy and Hello Crayons.
If students are covering the S2E3 standard they could use their iPad camera to take
pictures of the environment, people or animals.
After students are done, they could publish their books. This would allow for a LoTi level
of 4 because students pick a topic, go outside of the classroom to learn, and then share
their information.
National Geographic Young Explorer, Storyonline and Starfall are all great apps that have
eBooks for students to read. Many content areas can be covered because the books teach
them about different cultures, phonics, and animals.

Videos

Standards:

S4E1: Students will compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars,
star patterns, and planets
S4E3: Students will differentiate between the states of water and how
they relate to the water cycle and weather
S4P1: Students will investigate the nature of light using tools such as
mirrors, lenses, and prisms
S4P2: Students will demonstrate how sound is produced by vibrating
objects and how sound can be varied by changing the rate of vibration

Technology:

BrainPop

YouTube

NeoK12

Movie Maker

iMovie

Online videos can be used for almost any standard in any content area. The standards I
listed above are just a few that I was able to find online videos for. The three examples:
BrainPop, Youtube and NeoK12, are not only great sites for science content, but they can
be used for all other content areas as well.

Having students create their own videos is a great way to raise a LoTi level. Teachers
could tell the students that they are going to become the experts on a science topic and
that they are to teacher the class by making a video. Students could pick a topic and do
some research online, through books, or asking mentors, and then come together to create
a movie. After students have created their video they can publish it to the appropriate cite
for other schools, teachers, and students to view.

Evaluate Your Knowledge

Standards:

S1E1: Students will observe, measure, and communicate weather data to


see patterns in weather and climate
S1E2: Students will observe and record changes in water as it relates to
weather
S1P2: Students will demonstrate effects of magnets on other magnets
and other objects
S1L1: Students will investigate the characteristics and basic needs of
plants and animals
S5E1: Students will identify surface features of the Earth caused by
constructive processes

Technology:
Internet4Classrooms
Science Kids
NeoK12
BrainPop
Socrative

Edmodo
Quizlet
PollEverywhere

Online videos can be used for almost any standard in any content area. The standards I
listed above are just a few that I was able to find online videos for. The three examples:
BrainPop, Youtube and NeoK12, are not only great sites for science content, but they can
be used for all other content areas as well.
Having students create their own videos is a great way to raise a LoTi level. Teachers
could tell the students that they are going to become the experts on a science topic and
that they are to teacher the class by making a video. Students could pick a topic and do
some research online, through books, or asking mentors, and then come together to create
a movie. After students have created their video they can publish it to the appropriate cite
for other schools, teachers, and students to view.

Games

Standards:

S5P3. Students will investigate the electricity, magnetism, and their


relationship.

S3P1. Students will investigate how heat is produced and the effects of
heating and cooling, and will understand a change in temperature
indicates a change in heat.
S4L1. Students will describe the roles of organisms and the flow of energy
within an ecosystem.

S4L2. Students will identify factors that affect the survival or extinction of
organisms such as adaptation, variation

Technology:
NeoK12
Science Zone
Primary Games Arena
EdHeads
PBSKids
Science Kids

There are so many online sites that students can go to, to test their knowledge on a
specific content area.

The first four bullets under technology are all websites that students can go to take
quizzes on the above standards. The last four bullets are also online tools that teachers can use to
create quizzes for students to complete

Socrative is a site that is used by both students and teachers. Teachers can create a
powerpoint on Socrative with quiz questions throughout. Quizlet is a site that teachers can create
quiz questions and then have their students go to the link to take the quiz. The privacy settings
can be changed on quizlet so that only people who have the password can view the information.


To turn a quiz into a higher LoTi level, teachers could have students create their own quiz
on one of these sites. Then, they could share with a peer class that is learning the same subject.

References
BrainPop Image: https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7402/8718169456_9e04db540c_b.jpg
eBook Image: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/sites/default/files/ebook.jpg
Exploratorium Image:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/Main_Entrance_to_the_Exploratoriu
m_at_Pier_15.jpg
Field Trip: http://rccachicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/virtual-field-trip-round20.png
Graph Image: http://pixabay.com/p-41423/?no_redirect
Magnet Image: http://pixabay.com/p-24287/?no_redirect
PBS kids Image: http://margsang.pbworks.com/f/pbs-kids-safe-and-fun-educational-gamesfor-your-kids.png
Quiz Image: http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs30/f/2008/138/f/9/quik_quiz_by_jiromaiya.png
Thermometer Image: http://pixabay.com/p-159386/?no_redirect