topic 2: technology in the classroom

The improvement of new technologies has helped IBSE in furthering its scope. We have now, at our disposal, a very wide array of high-tech devises (such as laptops, digital cameras or mobile phones, among others) that can help integrate new innovative activities and lesson plans in the classroom. This revolution is affecting the way in which teachers can perform lesson activities as they can use these new gadgets in laboratory experiments, by developing new hands-on activities, when organizing field trips, etc.

And it is especially when it comes to digital technology, that those changes are more tangible. New advantages such as the flexibility, speed and store capacity of modern computers, as well as the easy access to online resources that provide teachers with a wide variety of interesting research and multimedia tools, is making STEM educators think about the new possibilities of the traditional teaching process. The opportunity to use new technological developments will do nothing but help improve inquiry-based methodologies that can include direct observation of phenomena, consulting information previously non-available; that will, in turn, help them use a wide range of skills that will be very useful for further scientific learning.

And it is also by incorporating new devices, that the traditional classroom surroundings can be used to enhance students’ interactivity and participation by giving the pupils the opportunity to be active participants instead of only passive listeners (A clear example of that, EUN's Future Classroom Lab). As a matter of a fact, teachers today’s classrooms are facing “digital natives” students: pupils that have grown up with technology and often happen to be more skilful with it than the teachers.

OPEN QUESTIONS:

  • Knowing how to use computers is not the same as knowing how to teach with computers. Some studies have proved that teachers are still in need of a portfolio of technology-based resources. Can you give any examples that you have used with your students?
  • Every day, more and more technology gadgets are developed. (Add links) Could you tell us which are your high-tech essentials to use in the classroom?
  • There is also a number of beneficial applications on the use of new technologies. From image processing to simulations, going through interactive processes or communication opportunities over the web. Tell us which of these skills do you think has been the most helpful or resourceful in your STEM lessons?
  • Living in an era were change is a constant, technologies are in a constant development. Which are the main advantages and disadvantages when using new technologies in the classroom?

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Though I use a lot of gadgets in teaching and a lot of ICT resources the one I think really changes the way we can teach is using videos. YouTube was a revolutionary step because it democratized the making and the distribution of films. Earlier it was the privilege of the few with the necessary resources to make movies, with video technology it was easier to make the films, but editing them required special skills and equipment, Then digital cameras and personal computers offered an easy and affordable ways for film editing but still it was difficult to show everyone what you have made. With YouTube it has all changed.

I can see that for my students communicating through film is as natural as communicating in text. Lots of times when they are looking for information (about a process for instance) they search on YouTube and not on Google. And they are not just watching the films, they are making them as well.

I tried to incorporate this change in my teaching practice. My students make a lot of projects where the final product is a film, a clip. It can be about an experiment, a scientific concept or an environmental issue, they are happy to make them. Almost all of them has a mobile phone which can be used to record video and all the computers in the school have Windows Movie Maker on them, which is good enough for our needs.Thus they have made videos about the biotopes of our mountains, stop-motion films about cell division, videos about experiments with gases and fluids and awareness campaigns against smoking just to name a few projects we had.

So film is a new way of communication and we should really use it. I am thinking, what will be the next such step? I'd guess maybe coding. If coding will as natural as making films is today we could really use it to enhance our science classes.

Some examples of movies my students made: https://www.youtube.com/user/AKGTermtud
And here is example of a biology lesson using coding: http://kodu.blob.core.windows.net/kodu/Water%20All%20Around%20Us%20-%20Sample%20Lesson.zip
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RE: New ways of communication
video vish excursions science
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9/20/14 9:14 PM as a reply to Gergely Nádori.
I like very much You Tube and use different simulations in my classes, students too.
ViSH is a social network for teachers and scientist to meet and collaborate in the science teaching. Teachers can create excursions, if register and can use other teching recourses, uploaded at Virtual Science Hub for free without registration. Students also can use this recourses.
More information you can find here: http://www.vishub.org/
and in Scientix moodle course: http://moodle.scientix.eu/course/view.php?id=157
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RE: New ways of communication
vish excursions science you tube
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9/20/14 9:21 PM as a reply to Gergely Nádori.
I like very much You Tube and use different simulations in my classes, students too.
ViSH is a social network for teachers and scientist to meet and collaborate in the science teaching. Teachers can create excursions, if register and can use other teching recourses, uploaded at Virtual Science Hub for free without registration. Students also can use this recourses.
More information you can find here: http://www.vishub.org/
and in Scientix moodle course: http://moodle.scientix.eu/course/view.php?id=157
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Have you ever tried this excellent finnish tool?

http://teamup.aalto.fi

Reflections and feedback in teams may enrich the communications without big efforts
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I also find very useful YouTube.

We are using tutorials about how to do a specific thing (e.g. programming in Scratch, design and manufacture a PCBs - Printed Circuit Boards).

I can create and posts videos on YouTube for my students (e.g. http://bit.ly/1uR2LDA).

Also, my students can create videos and upload on Youtube. For Scratch Programming classes, students use official Scratch site (http://scratch.mit.edu/) to share their programs.
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Have you joined the Scratch Programming Challenges?
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Hi Gergely,

Do you use interactive tools like Webex to communicate?

Have you ever used

http://reflex.aalto.fi/

This tool allows you to communicate directly during the lessons without a big effort
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scratch game tests
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9/22/14 11:27 AM as a reply to Hermann Morgenbesser.
Hello Herman,
I have joined at the Scratch Programming Challenges and was shared 6 projects. One of them are game made by my student Preslav Tsvetanov during testing of Scratch Programming. I like this way to learn programing and hope I will have a time to learn much more. I use it mainly to make tests.
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I will look at them thanks a lot! My favourite now for instant feedback is Socrative, It is like a clicker or class response system but you do not need special hardware to use it.
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Hi, Hermann

I don't know what about Scratch Programming Challenges are you speaking. After a search I found a Studio on official Scratch website and this book. These are the challenges?
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Dear Gergely,

thank you for sharing your interesting experiences about your students making movies.

I just got a bit curious to ask this: Do you ever find it difficult to find time for that? I mean do you have enough time in your curriculum to be able to let students make their films?

Jukka
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Gergely Nádori:
I will look at them thanks a lot! My favourite now for instant feedback is Socrative, It is like a clicker or class response system but you do not need special hardware to use it.


Socrative is really cool! My students love it! I can really recommend it to all of youemoticon

Jukka
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RE: New ways of communication
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9/27/14 7:57 PM as a reply to Tsetsa Tsolova Hristova.
Congratulations,

if you need partners, my sutdents like to work with international partners
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I know, this might sound dubios to some of you and there are probably even people here who are not allowed to do what I did...

Anyway, as using moodle (an educational online plattform) didn't work out for regular communication with my students and for sharing interesting science articles, I tested using a private facebook group for one of my classes.

My problem with moodle was that students wouldn't look at it except I told them that it was their homework and even then they wouldn't like it very much.

Whenever I posted something to the facebook group, they would see it within a short time, at least till the next day. They even started discussing articles I posted to the group and some of them even started posting interesting articles or physics-jokes themselves. And all of that without me telling them that it was homework emoticon

So for me using facebook in class was a success although I have to commit that I don't like facebook that much because of privacy issues.. Yet, I think it is part of our students' every day life - so why not use it for teaching purposes.

One of my colleagues even uses it with the parents of her class - she shares information about school events, pictures, ..
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Though I use a lot of gadgets in teaching and a lot of ICT resources the one I think really changes the way we can teach is using videos. YouTube was a revolutionary step because it democratized the making and the distribution of films. Earlier it was the privilege of the few with the necessary resources to make movies, with video technology it was easier to make the films, but editing them required special skills and equipment, Then digital cameras and personal computers offered an easy and affordable ways for film editing but still it was difficult to show everyone what you have made. With YouTube it has all changed.

I can see that for my students communicating through film is as natural as communicating in text. Lots of times when they are looking for information (about a process for instance) they search on YouTube and not on Google. And they are not just watching the films, they are making them as well.

I tried to incorporate this change in my teaching practice. My students make a lot of projects where the final product is a film, a clip. It can be about an experiment, a scientific concept or an environmental issue, they are happy to make them. Almost all of them has a mobile phone which can be used to record video and all the computers in the school have Windows Movie Maker on them, which is good enough for our needs.Thus they have made videos about the biotopes of our mountains, stop-motion films about cell division, videos about experiments with gases and fluids and awareness campaigns against smoking just to name a few projects we had.

So film is a new way of communication and we should really use it. I am thinking, what will be the next such step? I'd guess maybe coding. If coding will as natural as making films is today we could really use it to enhance our science classes.

Some examples of movies my students made: [url=https://www.youtube.com/user/AKGTermtud]https://www.youtube.com/user/AKGTermtud[/url]
And here is example of a biology lesson using coding:  [url=http://kodu.blob.core.windows.net/kodu/Water%20All%20Around%20Us%20-%20Sample%20Lesson.zip]http://kodu.blob.core.windows.net/kodu/Water%20All%20Around%20Us%20-%20Sample%20Lesson.zip[/url]
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