Saturday, July 28, 2012

Module 3 Project

For my third and final project I decided to create a learning community using Moodle.  The Moodle page will focus on science.  It will have science videos, assignments, discussions, question and answer forums, and a lot of science content as the year progresses.  Here is a video that walks you through what I have created so far.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Module 2 Continued


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Students will write their observations in their science journals.  Then, they will create their own seed investigation and compare their results with the video.


Module 2 Project

For my second project I decided to develop and borrow some instructional videos that I can use to flip my science instruction this upcoming year.  To develop videos I used some free websites: screencast-o-matic, VoiceThread, SlideRocket, and Animoto.  I borrowed videos from PBS Learning Media, Simpson Science, Sophia, and YouTube.  This module will focus on flipping the first science unit that we study. 

Unit 1- Plants and Animals
This video will introduce plant parts and their functions.  Students will be asked to draw a plant and label their parts and the function of their parts.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I am currently taking a class on web tools.  Our goal (as I understand it) is to use different web tools to create projects that we will use during school year.  I created a website using Google sites that parents and students can view and watch instructional videos on.  My hope is that I will be able to send less emails to parents and post everything they need to know on my site.  I am picturing that I will be able to semi-flip my classroom for the students, at least in science.  I will post instructional videos that they will be able to view at home, or at school if they do not have access to a computer, and then we will be able to do labs and investigations in class. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Frozen Frogs: PBS LearningMedia

: PBS LearningMedia
I saw this video at a conference and thought I would share it because it is pretty amazing.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This summer is off to a great start.  I spent the first week of my summer vacation in Bozeman, MT attending a class called Technology in the Science Classroom.  It was a great class led by Paul Anderson, a science teacher at Bozeman High School.  Our focus was on Moodle and developing learning management systems for our students.

During my second week of summer I started two classes, Web Tools 2.0 and Plant Science.  I also spent two days writing a science unit on symbiosis for OPI.  This week I have continued working on my two classes and tomorrow I will be driving to Ronald, Washington for a weekend full of golfing, boating, and fun.  You can follow me on twitter @joecocrider.