A wealth of science materials is available on the Internet accessible from many educational databases. To appreciate the variety, look at these excellent examples. As you do, critique the lessons in the following areas.
- creative activities
- use of the Web
- links to related sites
- teacher instructions
- assessment of student learning
The best lessons will have all of these attributes!
- Optical Images
By aiming a laser at an image, students learn about optics and the law of reflection. This lesson came from the AskERIC database at Syracuse University.
- The Class o f '97 Bean and Ozone Project
Blocker Middle School Science students wanted to see the damage done to the soft tissue of plants. No photos on the web could be found, therefore they developed this lab to get those photos. We would like for other students to try the experiment an let us know what you have found.
- The Zebra Mussel Invasion
Students learn about this foreign invader by researching sites on the Internet. This lesson was developed as part of the CRPC GirlTECH project.
- Heat Tracking Activity
After recording temperatures in various parts of their classroom, students draw conlusions about the behaviour of heat . This lesson was taken from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Computer Skills Lesson Plans
- Geologic Age
An activity with sugar cubes teaches students how radioactive decay can determine geologic age. This lesson is part of a unit on Global Change developed by the US Geological Survey Learning Web
- Ski Earth
Students use an earth image database to find places where skiing would be possible. This is a test lesson from the Science Information Infrastructure sponsored by the Lawerence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
- GirlTECH Math and Science Lessons
These teacher-created lessons are designed to use the Internet as an integral resource.
- Teacher Institute Lessons
Source: The Exploratorium Museum is in San Francisco, California
- Lessons and Activities - Science
Source: The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse is a K-12 information source for math and science teachers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education
- Science Lessons from AskERIC
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information &Technology at Syracuse University has a gopher site with lesson plans.
- WWW Science/Teaching Resources
Source: The Galveston Bay Project has collected science related sites from around the world.
- Marcella Dawson's Bookmarks
Source: Marcella Dawson, 1996 GirlTECH participant , developed this excellent list of science resources.
The speakers for this presentation are grateful for the training and support they have received from GirlTECH, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.