Presented by Adnaan Wasey from PBS’s The Online NewsHour Science.
Watched a video about pig manure and environmental issues – this was a section on PBS. This is a good resource. For example, there is an interesting section in their archives which introduces nanotechnology.
What is the most important part of teaching science?
There was a detail discussion about whether accuracy in science was more important than teaching about the science process. Science is not a list of facts. It is also about inspiring students to care about science, especially in the K-12 environment. Blogs may encourage these students to be accurage and careful about their English usage especially as their classmates may read it.
Are blogs a good forum for showing the process as when facts change? Example given was Pluto was no longer a planet. How can we go back and change the information in the past?
Is the internet good for promoting science? How do we know which sites are credible?
- Government sites USDA, FDA
- Astronomy: telescope sites
- moodle for opensource WebCT
- project globe
- Google earth
- Science house
- Science magazines
What is good information of K12 teachers to have on a blog?
- Make sure that the blog post contains cites.
- Suggest to look at a lesson plan
- Visit Teacher’s domain
- and find their blogs and get into their conversations. Visit Class Blog Meister to find K12 teachers in your area.
- Teachable moments
- Wyeth sponsored program “E-scientist”
- Handouts for both students and teachers
- Could do this as a Adobe attachment within the post
- Standard course of study – unless it fits in with this any good information is useless
Using blogs in the classroom – students cannot be forced to use public space blogs.
Learning outside the classroom