Genius Hour Part 3

Upon further research upon how to make science and labs more exciting I came across an interesting website with ideas and labs for kids from young grades all the way up to high school. The site explains creating the labs and getting the students engaged as you teach them the fundamentals of science, from physics, to chemistry, to biology; all of the necessary materials are there on the site for a teacher’s  enjoyment.

Another site which I found interesting on my searching was an article that was written by npr (Montana public radio) that confirmed many of my suspicions that many kids, especially in high school are turned off to science in the classroom because it becomes boring to them. There are not enough labs and technology in which they can interact with and learn with. Many of the issues that teachers face when trying to make labs and lectures interesting is time. Time constraints are the number one issue when it comes to setting up labs. The second issue is that a lot of the teachers in academia are getting to the point in age where they don’t understand how some of the technology works, so when it comes to engaging students, the teachers themselves don’t clearly understand the equipment that would interest students.

Moviemaker was mentioned in another article discussing how students, when discovering new disciplines in science, can use it to conduct interviews with professionals in a topic of study. Another idea that was talked about is when researching computer science, with the expansions of video gaming and design, having students work on workshop and Games for Change to understand how graphic design can lead to the profession of video game and perhaps movie making.

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3 Key Questions

How can I get my students to be more active in a scientific classroom community?

What technology can I use to get students to be more interested in the science subjects?

What training will be needed to understand and teach with these tools in the classroom?

Science Teaching Standards

How is it that teachers can motivate, inspire, and initiate learning in the classroom with high school students using technology? In a scientific environment, in which I intend to teach, looking at the core of what science standards are today versus what they were even 20 years ago is interesting all in itself. Science unlike math or English is ever changing. The grammatical rules of English are constant as are the formulas for finding a math question. But with the technological advancements, science has been able to take steps and bounds in progressing further than what we imagined it would 20 years ago.

So how do we, as educators develop a sound curriculum for getting students interested in learning science? Is it through better equipment or technologies, or do schools simply need to send their teachers to conferences every year to refresh on some of the advancements made in the scientific community? Looking at the United States standards of science education, one can look and see what is expected and what can be used to better the teaching of students in our schools using this type of standard.

With the advancement in microscopes, chemical testing (chromatography), and genetic identification, there are enough pathways to take to get students involved and interested. The question becomes what pathway is the most effective?

Using science teaching standards as a source I will answer this question as well as the different tools that technology has advanced to to cover high school education.