Pencils, Backpacks, and Perspective: Tech It Out – Science

This week, I’ll be adding my perspective on adding technology into each subject in the classroom. More specifically, in the science classroom.

I was lucky enough to go to a high school where our two science labs were equipped with televisions connected to computers. Our teachers could show us videos, diagrams, and demonstrations before we even got started on experiments. In Physiology, we watched a video of an open-heart surgery on YouTube before trying our hand at a dissection of a sheep’s heart. In Physics, we tested out equations on a simulator to understand the different elements of force.

One to one device systems would be perfect for this type of thing as well. The goal is to supplement teaching, not to replace it. Students could do their own explorations of topics before or after a lesson. Follow along with instructions or an instructional video as they work through an experiment. Pictures of the rainforest, or microscopic images, or even a volcano erupting, could be easily seen and absorbed.

Your students could be looking at this while learning about the universe. Cool, right? (Source)

Really, you don’t necessarily need high tech stuff to equip your classroom. A good old projector would work just fine as well. You could project different images and have students work together to label their parts. Or, if you want to get really creative, you could make your own mini Jeopardy board and display it as a fun way to review vocabulary. (Honestly, that sounds like the most fun option to me.)

How do you use technology in your science classroom? Let us know in the comments!