Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomHoloLab Champions is an excellent addition to any chemistry classroom. Whether you have a well-stocked lab or a lab with few supplies, this site provides learning opportunities that are available anywhere and at any time. Along with the many different experiments, the lab provides detailed notes on many different types of lab equipment. Consider sharing this information at the beginning of your school year before students begin hands-on activities. Instead of simply introducing lab equipment to students, ask them to explore this site and share their knowledge of proper use by creating cartoons with students using equipment properly. Use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here. As students interact with this site, ask them to use Google Documents or Microsoft Word to record and share their science journals. Include successes and failures within the experiments, along with student reflections on their experience. Ask students to highlight keywords, add links to online articles, or add links to videos that helped them learn about science concepts. After completing experiments on the site, enhance student learning by asking students to become the expert and share their learning with others as a presentation using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings offers interactive features such as real-time polls and comments to keep viewers interested in involved in the presentation.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomEngage your students in chemistry lessons using this "whodunit" activity. Before starting, ask students to make a prediction on if the case is a murder case or an accident using a polling tool like Updwn, reviewed here. Discuss their thoughts before starting the steps to solve the mystery. This mystery requires background knowledge on some basic chemistry concepts; enhance learning by sharing links to additional information for students using SearchTeam, reviewed here. In addition to serving as a bookmarking tool, SearchTeam allows you to add comments. Use the comment feature to add information to each site shared, including specific content for student use. If you include videos, as a student resource, consider using EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to engage students and include questions and track comprehension. After completing Mixed Reception, use the site as a model, and possibly extend student learning, by challenging students to create their own mystery science activity using Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomAdd Realism to your other resources for teaching science content; it provides an excellent alternative for teachers with a lack of resources at school or as an option for a virtual lab for your students to explore anywhere. Consider incorporating this site along with other activities into a complete unit using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. ActivelyLearn includes many features and resources for building custom learning opportunities for your students using their data bank of resources along with those you add on your own. In addition, ActivelyLearn provides you with immediate feedback to use for assessment. As students explore the different lab activities, ask them to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to document data collected during the experiment, including screenshots captured during the lab. Have students share their work and reflections on activities using a portfolio creation tool like Dropr, reviewed here. Encourage students to show creativity within their portfolio by adding a variety of elements using tools offered in Dropr, including images, music, video, and more to share their learning process.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomTake advantage of the share feature included with each video to share a link or embed videos on your class website or student computers. These videos provide a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a variety of science topics that aren't always included in the science curriculum. As students find a topic of interest on the site, ask them to research additional information, and then use Canva, reviewed here, to modify their learning and create posters or infographics sharing their findings with their peers. Include student-created posters or infographics as part of an overall presentation using a portfolio-building site like About.me, reviewed here. Use About.me for students to create a portfolio as their future self as a scientist sharing their research that includes posters, written work, cited research, and more.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lessons and virtual experiences to enhance your current science lessons. These activities are also perfect for differentiating instruction for gifted learners or for correlating to varying student interests. Instead of using written journals, consider replacing them by asking students to use an online portfolio tool such as Pathbrite, reviewed here, to showcase their learning. Use Pathbrite to set up a digital exhibit demonstrating the science concept learned using multimedia features included in Pathbrite like videos, images and supporting articles. Ask students to modify technology use and demonstrate learning by creating an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, or another video creation tool. For the musically inclined student, ask them to create a rap song or poem sharing their learning and produce a video to share on SchoolTube reviewed here.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomUse Gooru to differentiate instruction based on students' current performance. Many students are motivated to learn at their own pace using online tools, and Gooru is an option providing lessons in a different format than currently available. If not using Gooru whole -class, it provides many options for helping and enhancing learning for individual students, use for homework, or as a temporary option for providing instruction to home-bound students. Enhance classsroom technology and provide additional support to student learning by asking them to use Dropr, reviewed here, to build a digital portfolio of their learning process. Include images, videos, and written work within the portfolio.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark SciGirls Connect! as a resource for finding interesting classroom activities for both girls and boys. Consider creating an after-school club for girls to explore different STEM careers and activities, if possible, bring in female STEM leaders from your community to help host the club or provide ongoing activities and support. Encourage the use of technology by incorporating and embedding digital tools throughout your STEM lessons. For example, instead of asking students to take notes using pencil and paper, use Google Docs or Microsoft Word. As students continue through their learning activities, use editing tools in these office products to add comments, images, and additional information. Be sure to demonstrate how to view editing changes to your students so that they can look back and reflect on their work throughout the process. Encourage your students to reflect upon their work both during individual activities and throughout the year with the use of a digital portfolio tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Use Seesaw to create individual accounts for students to take pictures, add video, and add written commentary as part of their reflection and assessment of activities. Really transform student learning and technology use by letting them become the teacher. Extend technology use by asking students to create podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here to teach others about concepts in science and technology, or share information about STEM careers. In addition to podcasts, you can modify technology use by asking students to use a video explainer tool like Biteable, reviewed here, to demonstrate and share the procedures of experiments.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude this resource with your other materials for teaching about the periodic table and chemical elements. Customize any of the lessons within TED-ED to meet your lesson objectives. Register for a free account, then follow the steps to duplicate and edit the lesson to meet your needs and share with students. Be sure to share this site with students to use as part of their review and learning activities. Share all of your bookmarked sites with students using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here. SearchTeam includes tools for collaborating and sharing online resources and provides the ability for you or your students to add notes and comments to shared resources. Include this site and others to provide differentiated learning activities for your students using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. In addition to web resources like Periodic Videos, Symbaloo Learning Paths provides options for including quizzes, uploading documents, and more to create an entire unit in one place. Instead of a final assessment using a paper and pencil quiz, ask students to modify their learning by creating explainer videos about elements using My Simpleshow, reviewed here. If you are unsure about how to assess multimedia projects, find many ideas for implementing rubrics for assessment along with examples and online tools at TeachersFirst Rubrics to the Rescue reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomInstead of printing a periodic table for students to include in folders, share a link to this site for students to bookmark on their computer or mobile device. Add online notes to this web page with additional information for students using an online annotation tool like eMargin, reviewed here. eMargin allows you to add notes, highlight portions of the web page, and more. Ask students to research elements further then create an annotated image including text boxes and related links sharing their research using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have groups of older students create interactive periodic element books for younger students with images, videos, and descriptions using a site like Book Creator, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomBefore watching these video experiments, ask students to predict the outcomes. Replace traditional voting methods and use an online voting tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here to generate ideas, and have students vote on their choice. Instead of just watching and discussing the videos, make them interactive, enhancing student learning, using Playposit, reviewed here. Playposit offers options for creating interactive videos by adding teacher and student questions and comments. Use these videos as a model for students to transform their learning by recording and creating their own video experiments. Use a tool like moovly, reviewed here. Share student videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomAdd this flashcard game to your other resources when introducing and learning about chemical elements and the periodic table. Use a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share resources with your students. SearchTeam includes the option for adding comments along with sharing resources. Extend student's understanding by asking students to offer tips and suggestions for using the items shared. Have students redefine their learning by challenging them to create an animated video using Powtoon, reviewed here, or Plotagon Story, reviewed here, to share with their peers or younger students.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude this game with other resources for students to learn about the periodic table. Challenge students to increase speed in finding elements within both games. Modify student learning by challenging small groups to make infographics about each of the elements using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here, or another infographic creation tool. When complete, use Sway,reviewed here to compile a class multimedia project including your infographics, videos, and student writing sharing information about the periodic table.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomYou and your students will benefit from this site's free materials to include in your science lab activities to teach content, problem-solving, and scientific investigation techniques. As students begin activities replace paper and pencil and use a digital graphic organizer such as one found at TUZZit, reviewed here, to organize questions and gather information. Upon completion of experiments, enhance learning and have students share their work using Printing Press, reviewed here, to create a one-page newspaper or brochure including images and text. At the end of your unit, have students use Biteable, reviewed here, to redefine their learning and create an explainer video sharing and demonstrating the results of their lab activities.
Grades6 to 12
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In the ClassroomInclude Expii with your links for students to use at home and in class. Expii is an excellent way to provide content explanation through the voice of many different speakers, allowing the opportunity to increase student understanding. To enhance learning, ask groups of students to view lessons provided by the different contributors, then ask them to compare and contrast information by creating a concept map or Venn Diagram using Canva, reviewed here. At the end of a teaching unit, ask students to redefine what they learned using a multimedia tool like Adobe Spark in K-12, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here, to share their learning. Be sure to have them include their own video explanation of the content.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomInclude a link to Science News for Students on classroom computers to include with other non-fiction reading resources for students. Have students browse through the site to find information of interest when choosing science fair or research topics. Alter students' learning by asking them to create an infographic related to a science topic using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here. This very easy to use tool includes drag and drop tools for easy creation of infographics using included templates or your own design. Take student research a step further and redefine their learning by having students use ThingLink, reviewed here, to upload an image related to their science research and add annotations. Thinglink offers tools for adding text, audio, video, and more to images. Weaker readers will need a reading buddy for some of the more challenging article. Classes in lower grades will want to read the articles together. A quick check on one article using Juicy Studio's Readability test, reviewed here, provided an approximate grade level of 6.5. Check articles before assigning to elementary students. You might also want to use Word Sift, reviewed here, to quickly identify important words that appear in the text.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomThis collection includes resources for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. These are excellent tools to use to study for the big test! Save (or bookmark) this list for students to use to review. Explore the activities suggested.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomDelight your students with the videos and activities provided on the site to include with your current science lessons. Place students in groups to complete the challenges offered. Have students replace paper and pen and take collaborative, digital notes using Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Ask students to record their work images and video. Redefine learning and challenge students to share their final projects including the digital research notes, images, and videos using a multimedia presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
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