The PD (professional development) modules are aligned with the New York State science learning standards standard 1 and 4, NGSS and Common Core standards.
Classroom Implementation Materials for Teachers
- We recommend you to sign up a Google Account. Google provides many ICTs that can be integrated into your classrooms.
- General Lab Report template: You can use the lab report template to scaffold your students to report their investigation results. You can modify the template. Please sign in with your Google account, click File> Make a copy to duplicate this document so you can own it and edit it.
- We recommend you to use the social networking site developed for K-12 teachers and students: Edmodo. Please read the Science Scope article to learn why and how to adopt social networking site to support teaching and students' learning.
- The key idea of this project is to encourage students to use ICTs in the classroom, and prepare their new literacy skills, an important set of skills they need in order to be successful in college and future workforce.
1. Water Quality and Cyber Databases Module
This project demonstrates the integration of new literacy practices into the inquiry activities using credible cyber databases and ICTs. Students research water quality related news in their neighborhood, generate research questions related to real life water quality issues, form hypothesis, collect authentic data from reliable cyber databases, enter data into a spreadsheet to analyze and present evidence, and communicate results using multimodal information. Pleaser read the article published by Science Scope to help you understand the purpose of this project.
- Teacher lesson plan
Cyber databases: this list provides are many reliable and public cyber databases your students can use to conduct inquiry projects.
- Water quality investigation lab report template
- Water quality investigation rubric
ICTs tutorial videos:
- How to use spreadsheet to log data collected from MYSOUND, and create charts to analyze data
- How to use USGS database to find real-time water quality data
- How to use USGS database to find archived water quality data
- How to use Hudson River database to collect water quality data
- How to use Google Maps to create and share maps
- How to use NOAA volcanic Eruptions database
- Use Probeware to collect water quality data
- Use Google Map to document a location using latitude and longitude
2. Photosynthesis and image/video tools
This module prepares students to use image and video editing tools to support scientific inquiry activities.
- Teacher lesson plan
- Structured inquiry data set
- Sample images we used to document scientific investigation (photosynthesis)
Ideas of using video and images in the science classroom. These ideas are developed by teachers participating in this project.
*Module 3 and 4 materials will be released in October, 2014.