David Wetzel
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I am a former middle school science and math teacher. I recently retired from teaching science and math education at the university level.

I have my own non-profit science, math, and techology organization dedicated to supporting science and math teachers.

Currently a Feature Writer in education focusing on science, math, and technology integration for Suite 101.com

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Free Web 2.0 Video Service for Educators

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 12:30am 1 Comment

Animoto provides a free Web 2.0 video service for educators.

Videos can be made from images and music can be added as a sound track.

Student videos can be as short as 30 seconds or longer.

Students can make videos of their class projects and embed them in a class Wiki, blog, or in a multimedia presentation.

The flexibility and ease of this service adds a new dimension for teachers and their… Continue

Wikipedia and Its Use in Education

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

Wikipedia is being used by all levels of students in education. Many people wonder how this free online information service affects the subject knowledge of students.

This also raises questions about the accuracy of the information in Wikipedia, since the database of information has been placed online by the general public and not from a source such as Encyclopedia Britannica.

The reality is that Wikipedia has been accessed heavily by Internet users. Out of… Continue

Using Web Based Technology to Breathe Life into Science Lessons with Visual Arts

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 11:00pm 1 Comment

I found that most of my students had a difficult time looking at a picture or diagram of a science concept in a textbook and understanding what the image is depicting. This is especially important in science, because many science concepts are learned as cycles or circles.

Pictures in science textbooks do not address multiple learning styles of students; they are designed primarily for visual/spatial learners.

I found it was easier to address more learning styles… Continue

Using Web-Based Resouces in Science Investigations

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

I found during my teaching middle school science and working with inservice teachers, students typically had better science fair projects when they used web-based real world data bases or collaborated with students around the country.

Using Online Resources

Students used online resources to support presentations PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheet(s) for data, and word processing for sharing findings of their science fair… Continue

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At 1:03pm on December 26, 2008, marcotuts said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!


Marco Morales


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