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Friday, January 13, 2012

Tool 9

  1. Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?
Technology enhances the learning process and is a tool to engage the learner in the daily objective.
  1. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?
 We should hold students accountable for the stations to ensure that the students are on task and accomplishing the objective.  Technology, when not used properly, may distract the students from achieving the objective.  The students need to produce evidence of accomplishing the objective through completion of worksheets, presentations, short descriptions, etc.
  1. Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level
a. Which sites did you like?
b. How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?  

Biology:  
Website & Description
Application
Natural Selection Game – students evaluate animals’ adaptations in response to environmental changes.  Goal is to get your population to live a million years. http://science.discovery.com/interactives/literacy/darwin/darwin.html  
This activity leads into the natural selection activity “Tiger Stripes” where students create fictional animals with adaptations suited to their environments, followed by an environmental change.
Each group will review systems of the body using this website, followed by a quiz.


  1. List two to three apps you found for the iPod Touch/iPad that you can use in your classroom. What do you see that station looking like? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?
Apps for Biology:

Each module features supporting videos and animations. Topics in evolution, neurobiology, infectious diseases, and bioinformatics.

Provide an engaging way for students and the public to explore the realm of the human genome.  The app includes a total of 20 different pathways through the human genome to choose from, each highlighting 15 genetic points of interest.
At each stop in the genome, you will be provided with some background information, fun facts, and given the opportunity to test your knowledge with a trivia question. Get points by finding each location and answering the trivia questions.
5. I do see the students using the device for data collection, group presentations, video tutorials or possibly even for instructional purposes such as back channeling on Twitter.

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