Glen Westbroek's Blog – September 2007 Archive (3)

Entire science department considering more technology!

On Monday during our department meeting, the entire department began a discussion of how we should implement more appropriate technology to improve student learning. Every member of the department is excited about ways that technology can positively influence students. What a great start as we begin the new year. We are now looking for ways to demonstrate to our administrators that what we are doing is helping students learn science better.

Added by Glen Westbroek on September 26, 2007 at 9:28pm — 2 Comments

Using Podcasts

I have used various Science Podcasts to begin each class period of my classes this year. This has lead to some unexpected results. I've had students comment regarding the science occupation discussed in the Podcast as well as discussions about the topic being discussed. In each and every class, students quickly help one another become quiet so they can hear the Podcast. It has been a great way to begin classes. While the topics are not necessarily the same as that day's lesson, each covers some… Continue

Added by Glen Westbroek on September 15, 2007 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Using Vernier Probes in Science

I had the opportunity to have students in my Eighth Grade Science class explore the differences between temperatures in various types of water this week. Using Vernier Temperature probes and LabPros they measured temperature change as ice melted, as ice with salt added melted, and water without anything added. I was impressed with how well the Vernier Temperature probes worked for us. In addition, I was thrilled to see the engagement of students. Each student was actively involved and very… Continue

Added by Glen Westbroek on September 7, 2007 at 5:11pm — No Comments

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