UNPACKING THE NEW SCIENCE STANDARDS WITH EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

NGSS requires that students think like scientists, solve problems creatively, and use evidence to make decisions. Students investigate through the application of mathematics, coding, and computational thinking. Tools that help students learn science skills include microscopes, scales, measuring devices, timers, probes and sensors. This workshop, however, highlights Web-based digital tools supporting science instruction through the sharing of research data and lab results. Presenters describe science activities that engage student creativity, build questioning skills, require collaboration and computational thinking, and involve the construction of representational models. Participants work hands-on exploring free apps that students (grades K-8) can use to present science learning. Tools include: •Adobe Spark (https://spark.adobe.com/), enabling students to create presentations containing graphics, video stories, and Web pages;-Collabrify (http://www.imlc.io/apps), a suite of productivity tools that works in Chrome and facilitates collaboration. -Microsoft Sway (https://sway.com/), an online presentation application inviting students to create and share digital stories and other presentationsPresenters also provide examples of best-practice teaching strategies, such as the 5E instructional model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) for science activities involving making paper, building bridges, simple machines, and force and motion. A curated list of science-related websites, videos, simulations, and other resources will be provided.

October 19, 2018

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