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COVID-19 Online Science to Steal From…

Just in case this would be helpful to you, here is a link to my 7th grade science class website with activities, links etc. that you are so welcome to use if it will help you weather this with your classes or your own children at home. Or both. Start from Monday, March 16th, 2020, the first day of our school closure and the ‘Shelter in Place’ order by Bay Area counties.

Topics so far are minerals and rocks, coming up is a very short unit on earthquakes, followed by genetics and sex ed. We are using CK-12 free online textbooks as the backbone for our courses. It’s a life-saver. It includes short text, videos, practice quizzes.

We are also using Google Classroom for students to turn in a daily journal entry. Other useful FREE apps are Flipgrid so kids can do little videos to see each other asynchronously, Kahoot because they love competing against each other for review questions and Socrative for self scoring multiple choice questions. We’ve been using Zoom for check-ins and will soon try using it for review sessions and office hours. But my 7th grade science website above is where it all starts from. Please note the parent newsletter links in the lesson plans too. It’s been great to hear back from parents, and I notice an uptick in participation each time I send an e mail to parents.

Here is a reassuring and helpful article “Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment” from Edutopia. And here is a complementary one, this time for parents trying to homeschool their own tweens and teens. Also reassuring and profoundly good advice: “How to Help Teens Shelter in Place” by Christine Carter, Ph.D, out of the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley.ย 

And here are some curated lists of resources for science teachers: PBS Learning Media, NASA – Fun things to do with STEM, Network for Public Education and the mother of lists of excellent science content online is here, courtesy of the Massachusetts Science Teachers Association

Virtual field trips of Hidden Worlds of the National Parks is here, and the Natural History Museum.

Outschool.com is fabulous for getting the hang of Zoom live video conferencing with students – presenting live streamed lessons, webinars or, in my case, touching base and ‘office hours. Here is their free Teaching Online site.

I really hope you are doing okay, feel free to steal any of what I’m sharing here to help you and your students. My class website will be updated every day of school.

March 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM Leave a comment

Weighing in on Google and Chrome books

Using Google Classroom with Chrome Books for the first time and reacting to the NY Times article “How Google took over the classroom”.

Continue Reading May 21, 2017 at 7:47 AM Leave a comment

Animal Voice Over Film Festival

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The latest project about to launch in 7th grade science, hitting concepts in animal behavior and natural selection as well as quite a few ELA CC standards. Animal stalking and film making, creative script writing skills included as well as hopefully, hilariousness.

I’m excited about this because I’m getting kids to make my favorite kind of YouTube time waster! Here’s a link to the class room ready project with stepping stones and links for a self-paced, student centered project. Let me know how it goes and I’ll update in the comments section too. It’s atย NextLesson.org

February 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM 2 comments

Screen Casting for Science

5 minute teacher chalk-and-talk screen casts for kids to review key concepts makes a real difference for all students who miss a bit of instruction. Here’s the why and how to get started…

Continue Reading April 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM Leave a comment

(Trying) Google Docs with 160 8th graders

The nuts, gravel and bolts of using Google Docs with 8th grade science classes. Read this before you lose your mind too – it WILL be better next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Continue Reading December 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM Leave a comment

Scientists, naturally – the Pipe Puzzle Game

Exceptionally fun yet profound lesson lifted (and tweaked) from UCMP’s Nature of Science program. Works as well with kindergarten through Back to School Night parents.

Continue Reading September 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM Leave a comment

Lessons from ISTE – Chats, Choice and Expanding Horizons

What’s the real point of technology in the classroom? It’s far bigger than I thought before attending ISTE.

Continue Reading July 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM Leave a comment

ISTE 3: My brane is full

… but emptying it right now, right here – the haps from apps central – ISTE day 3 in San Diego. Someone’s got to do it…

Continue Reading June 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM Leave a comment

ISTE: The Retro Grouch is Out

After a bit of skepticism, there’s still plenty to like at ISTE today, including the white sand beach in the evening.

Continue Reading June 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM Leave a comment

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference: so far so fun!

Getting re-energized at a conference – new place, new ideas, new people and lots of ways to connect to and with technology. First installment of 4.

Continue Reading June 24, 2012 at 8:18 PM Leave a comment

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