All of the materials provided/linked to are for a High School settings, although many can be modified for Middle School.
This site is divided into the three main areas that I am certified to teach: Biology, Earth Science, and General/Physical Science (which is a basic mixture of Physics and Chemistry). Within each main area you will find different sub-areas, or topics.
The main Biology page has links to sections that fit under the headings of Biology I and Biology II. The way I have things divided, Biology I is everything from the basic understanding of matter all the way up basic taxonomy. Biology II covers the specifics of each of the five kingdoms.
Earth Science is also divided up, with sections for earth processes, and for basic astronomy. Under earth processes will go everything from basic chemistry needed to understand mineral formation to rocks and minerals themselves, on to tectonic plates, weathering and erosion, and so on. The basic astronomy section will address mostly the seven other planets, and the other parts of our solar system. I hope to also include artifacts for star formation and death, and other such broader view topics.
For Physical Science, I have broken it down into separate Physics and Chemistry pages, for ease of finding activities and ideas for each "semester" of Physical Science. I am not planning to include any earth science aspects to that category, even though some textbooks do include that with physical science, because I have a whole other category already devoted to it.
There is also an additional main area, for Scientific Concepts that apply to several different subject areas. Topics include: the Scientific Method, measurements, graphing, etc.
This is a work in progress, so some sections are still blank.
A big topic area right now is the addition of technology in the classroom. The sciences already off a lot of areas for this from the use of microscopes, to computer simulation. Yet there is still a push for more, and more.
All of these pages are suggestions of how to implement new technology into the classroom.
This website was written as a one hour asynchronous professional development module. It will take you through some suggestions for taking a high school biology class outside for an ecology unit. To enhance things, we are going to look at using technology - outdoors.
As teachers, we know there is a push for us to become more technologically literate, and to encourage more use of technology by our students. But for some core classes, that isn't as easy as it sounds.
So this module will help you incorporate at least one technology enhanced lesson into your curriculum - and at the same time get the students outside! After all, how can they truly appreciate an ecology unit if they are inside the whole time?
Something to consider ...
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.” ~ Baba Dioum
Ways to Use Facebook, Blogger, and YouTube in the Classroom Also includes Benefits and Drawbacks of Each
A few classes I have taken on my way to earning a graduate certification in Online Teaching and Learning have required exploring different social media options for the classroom. I wanted to share what I have found, and the lesson plans I have put together, with other teachers. This - this website.
To see other sites I have put together for various classes, that incorporate technology into the classroom, specifically high school classrooms, click the button below.
This lesson suggestion was created in collaboration with S. Tristani at the University of Central Missouri. We approached if from a Professional Development Standpoint via an online delivery method.
If you want to use this as part of your school's professional development session, it can easily be modified for a face-to-face session, so please feel free to do so. Just contact us via the contact form and let us know.