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Kevin Young replied to Sandra Goodrich's discussion Wikis in the group 21st Century Science Educators
"My first use of a wiki site was an attempt to create a physiology textbook at Wikibooks (sister site to Wikipedia): http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Human_physiology and I was happy overall with it though it was fairly difficult for students to learn to…"
Jan 6, 2010
Kevin Young commented on Ben Wyatt's group Web 2.0 / Emerging Technology
"For ease of use my favorite wiki site is Wetpaint, but unfortunately they stopped making educational sites free of ads unless you pay. Here is a great wiki all about wikis: http://wiki.wetpaint.com/ with a nice comparison of wiki hosting services:…"
Jan 4, 2010
Kevin Young commented on Ben Wyatt's group Web 2.0 / Emerging Technology
"Douglas, Thanks for the ipadio link--I just registered, called in, and tweeted the following to my students: Tried new tech @ipadio Kevin's phlog - 1st phonecast to #snowanat students http://bit.ly/2gcIuG Happy Friday!!"
Nov 13, 2009
Kevin Young replied to Matt Guthrie's discussion Hands On vs. Digital Labs in the group 21st Century Science Educators
"Very interesting! I've never heard of the levitating golfball. Another thing that might be fun in a 6th grade class (or older) would be growing plants under different light/soil/fertilizer conditions and making stop animation films of the…"
Nov 12, 2009
Kevin Young replied to Matt Guthrie's discussion Hands On vs. Digital Labs in the group 21st Century Science Educators
"I teach college students--I did the sheep dash with a non-majors biology course. I'm not sure I would be allowed to "get away with it" with a majors course, since so much of the curriculum is set. I mentioned the sheep dash since I…"
Nov 12, 2009
Sandra Goodrich left a comment for Kevin Young
"Welcome to the Educator's PLN and to the 21st Century Scientists group! I look forward to learning from and sharing with you!"
Nov 12, 2009
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Kevin Young replied to leewin's discussion Ipods in Education in the group Web 2.0 / Emerging Technology
"It was thanks to an iPod (and some good podcasts) that I started down the road of using new tech tools in the classroom, so I have a positive bias. The main disadvantage is that not every student will have access to them. Plus they are not…"
Nov 12, 2009
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Web 2.0 / Emerging Technology

With the emergence of social media and emerging technology how do know what type of technology to use in the classroom. This group will provide a discussion area for best practices when using this type of technology in education.See More
Nov 12, 2009
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Nov 12, 2009
Kevin Young replied to Matt Guthrie's discussion Hands On vs. Digital Labs in the group 21st Century Science Educators
"I think science labs should be about the process of doing science, and not about following a "cook book" lab manual. It should be hands on whether it is digital or analog, and collaborative tech tools can be useful in almost any situation.…"
Nov 12, 2009
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21st Century Science Educators

How can science teachers best use the tools of today, without sacrificing lab experiences or inquiry?
Nov 12, 2009
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Nov 4, 2009

Tech Tools I've Loved

My incorporation of tech tools in the classroom began with dissatisfaction over a physiology textbook. 2 weeks into the semester I decided we would write a textbook as a class--the result is Human Physiology which became a featured book at Wikibooks.

Next I started using Wetpaint, since it was more fun and easier than wikibooks. With my students we created a Microbiowiki, a Physiwiki, and an Anatowiki (this one has been the most popular by far). The biggest challenge with the wiki sites is figuring out how to grade student contributions. It is also a challenge to keep updating them (which I have not done in a while).

I started using Twitter this semester and am loving it (that's how I ended up here!).

I enjoy mindmapping software and think Bubbl is a lot of fun. It's not quite as versatile as some, but it is so easy for anyone to use.

This semester I'm trying some new testing ideas. It's on Blackboard, so not publicly available, but rather than 4 big tests during the semester I'm trying to break the material into 20 small tests (just 5 questions each). Each small test draws 5 questions from a bank of 30-50 questions. Students are allowed to take each test as often as they like, with their highest score counting. Each time they take it they get a new random assortment of questions. The students really like having multiple attempts to show that they have learned the material. I like knowing that the tests contribute to learning rather than acting as a punishment. However, my colleague thinks I am endangering the reputation of our program and causing grade inflation by trying this--what do you think?

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At 8:59pm on November 12, 2009, Sandra Goodrich said…
Welcome to the Educator's PLN and to the 21st Century Scientists group! I look forward to learning from and sharing with you!
 
 
 

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You have a great lesson planned for today, and the internet is down. Your supervisor is lurking in the doorway, you can just smell the observation coming. What do you do?You teach your kids how to create hyperlinks with just PowerPoint or Google Slides!Here’s my plan.Begin the lesson with having the students create the first slide, a “Table of Contents” sort of slide. Mine looks like this.…See More
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