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Group 3: STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics)

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Go to Today's Meet.
Share an example of how you use technology in your classroom.

Locate Quality Content

Use images in teaching and learning.

Example:Read What's for Lunch?. How could you design an activity around the images and content on this page?

Example:Use tools such as Wikimedia Commons for public domain images. Search for a topic such as mitosis or diagrams.

Example: Use tools such as Glogster to share interactive content.

Example: An article in Science Daily about the shape of flocks of birds, lead me to read the entire article. This lead me to want to know more about the math and science behind the study. I did a Google search for "bird flock shapes" and explored each section for background information.

Google Ideas

Go to the standard Google search page. Search for a topic of interest.

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Do a Google Search and explore the menus across the top.
Search infographics for your classes. Add the word infographic to a web search.
Look for kits at KitZu for free visual ideas.


Search for particular types of resources such as audio, video, or graphics. For instance, incorporate infographics:

Example (Science): Big Brother: Satellites Orbiting Earth, Clearing the Air, Deep Water Horizon, Hungary's Toxic Sludge Spill, Earthquakes, Greening Walmart: Is the Giant's Footprint Shrinking?, Water Footprint, Poopnomics: The Economy of Human Waste, Beetle, Seven Summits Infographics, Where Is the Oil? Where is the Silver? Who Owns the World's Gold?,  The Digital DumpThrow Away CultureHidden Toxic Waste, Colorado River is Drying Up, The Tongue, Space Exploration, Where will the next volcano erupt? WaterWater Economics,  World's Water Content, How Clean Is Your Tap Water? Hidden Toxic Waste, Bee Dance, Beaufort Comic
Example (Technology):  Home Improvements for Geek, Get a Grip, Social Web Involvement, How the Digital Revolution Changed Our World, Conversations in Social Media, Darwinian Evolution Photoshop, Small Businesses, History of Computing, History of Audio, QR Codes, Evolution of Programming Languages, If Social Media were Superheroes, BIt-by-Bit
Example (Math): graphics with potent for math: Speed Demon, Fish Stocking, Cruise Ship Infographic, Fourth of July by the Numbers, How to Beat Super Mario, Soccer's Slim Salaries, Talking Turkey, How Much Our Pets Cost in a Lifetime
Weave these into activities. Find examples at Building Inquiry-based Environments.

Want to try making one? Soon you can use visual.ly. Or, try combining tools like Wordle and create-a-graph.

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Search infographics for your classes.
Use the resources above. Or use Google and add the word infographic to a web search.

Data Collection

Build your own data set for an assignment. Use a tool like Flisti.

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Try our Recycling Poll.
Build your own poll with Flisti.

Build Relevant Assignments

Explore the resources related to your subject area interest: Science, Technology, and Math.

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Select an online resource and develop an assignment. Rather than summarizing what they read or answering questions, ask them to compare, organize, create, or evaluate.
Compare one article, perspective, or approach with another.
Provide an example. Ask students to create identify or build another example.

Organize Assignments

What's the fastest and easiest way to share assignments, links, and resources with students? Design an effective, efficient, and appealing entry point for your course materials.

Messages: Today's Meet, Twitter, E-mail (pros: quick; cons: redo each semester)
School Website: (pros: already available; cons: cumbersome)
Documents: Word, PowerPoint (pros: quick, traditional; cons: software-based)
Shared Documents: Google Docs (pros: quick, traditional: cons: student gmail accts)
Social Bookmarks: Delicious, Diigo (pros: quick; cons: limited text)
E-Journal: Blogger, Word Press (pros: posting control/reply option; cons: redo each semester)
Wiki Pages: Wikispaces, PBworks (pros: flexibility, student involvement; cons: passwords, access)
Visual Pages: Glogster, SpicyNodes (pros: interesting, visual; cons: overstimulating)

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Think about how you will organize access to online resources so that students move seamlessly from reading to responding to creating to communicating.

Henrietta LacksCCC Example: Cell Biology

CCC Example: Space Science


Collect and Organize Resources

Use the links on the left to move through this online workshop

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