Technology Resources for the Secondary Science Classroom (ppt)

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Using technology in the
classroom
With one iPad or fewer!
New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture,
Education, and Human Development
Dr. Pamela Fraser-Abder
Clinically Rich Integrated
Science Program (CRISP)
Janna Dougherty
Biology
Joe Macdonald
Chemistry
Benjamin Osei-Bonsu Chemistry
Bryan Mosher
Physics
Clinically Rich Integrated
Science Program
•We received iPads (gen 3) in July 2012
•We have used them in student teaching
classrooms and our education classes at NYU
•We work better with them now but it took
time and collaboration
- not obvious how to use iPads productively
Much of our daily tech use is not on an iPad.
Audience?
how many of you have iPads for your students?
how many of you have access to one iPad?
how many of you have a smartphone?
how many of you are stuck with functional but
not cutting-edge technology in the
classroom?
99 problems
Reality vs You
•Inflexible internet blocks and networking
•Different technology by school and by room
•Unexpected internet outages and data loss
Apple vs You
•Much school technology isn't iPad or Apple
•App$ cost money sometimes
•Apps can be closed ecosystems
•Apps cannot be translated or modified
You may only have
access to one computer
the sooner you search
the sooner you get on with your life
Google will tell you how to _____ for free.
become Homo quaererens
Manufacturer websites have drivers and manuals: just
search the model number
Common issues attract complaints on forums
"specific phrases" and -not can filter irrelevant results
tip: hit Tab and the arrow keys / Enter on google to navigate
and choose results
prepare for the instant failure of
anything and everything important
Internet access can fail and websites disappear
•keep permanent copies of all useful materials
•all of your bookmarks might be dead links one day
Hard storage can fail
•keep multiple copies of hard work across many
devices, and on cloud services
Technology can fail
•know how to use the tools in your room robustly, the
teacher down the hall who helps with everything
might leave one day
work offline
youtube.com is frequently blocked.
ಥ_ಥ
download videos for robust offline use
http://keepvid.com/
http://www.mediaconverter.org/
These sites appear and disappear, stay
current!
Google Drive is useful for moving files that are
too large to email, and is typically not blocked
work offline
there is media embedded
in a website and you
want to use it offline
Saving .html saves nothing
image
.jpg, .png, .svg et
al.
animation
.gif
sound
.mp3, .wav
video
.avi, .mpg
.mp4, et al.
flash
.swf
This can be tricky, but
try to get to a page where the URL reads:
http://website.biz/.../media.zzz
and hit Ctrl or ⌘ + S to save the file
you may have to search through the source code
Google Drive
Steadily improving alternative to Microsoft Office,
can edit documents in browser with basic
features
Sync and storage features a la Dropbox
15GB free, can pay for more
Sharing features allow for collaboration
and a potential paperless classroom
Accessible by iPad/Phone or Android
(no mobile powerpoint yet, keep your fingers crossed)
Google Translate
iPad and Android apps, some versions permit
offline translation
Chrome has a translation add-on, inline
translation and mouseover for original
language
translate.google.com
can also translate various files: details
Google Earth: time travel
show processes over time with real subjects
1943 - meander...
1995
2004
2006
2010 - oxbow!
http://googleearthtimemachine.blogspot.com/2012/07/angleton-texas.html
wonderful source
Google Earth: time travel
urban history (October 2012 -> March 1949)
Google Earth: scale
familiar landmarks
can provide a
grounding sense
for numbers.
Something moving
10m/s traverses
the yellow line once a second
identify your repetitive tasks and figure out
how to do them swiftly using key hooks
Most actions on the computer can be
done using the keyboard alone:
selecting text,
opening programs,
opening a new tab etc.
You don't need to aim a keystroke
Windows shortcuts are in Orange
Mac Shortcuts are in Cyan
Links to keyboard shortcut listings
(so you don't have to search)
Windows and Mac commands
and Windows shortcuts for:
Win Word Mac Word
Win Excel
Win Powerpoint
Win Google Chrome Mac Google Chrome
All other programs
Best example: editing text
if you just typed this:
Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametI
pressing ←,
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amIet
← gets:
pressing Ctrl + ←, Ctrl + ←
or Option + ←, Option + ←
Lorem ipsum dolor Isit amet
pressing Ctrl + Backspace
or Option + Delete
Lorem ipsum Isit amet
pressing Shift + ←,
Lorem ipsIum sit amet
pressing Shift + End
←, ←
Lorem ipsum sit ametI
tips for Windows
Alt + Tab cycles through open windows
Alt + Space opens the window management menu to
Maximize, Close, etc
+ E opens My Computer
(quick USB Stick use)
Alt+Letter will "click"
any underlined button
This is very common
e.g. Alt+F clicks File
Why use your mouse?
Remember the
letter underline
Instead of clicking
Browse,
Alt + B
tips for Mac
Command + Tab cycles through open
applications
There are an absurd number of very specific
shortcuts that can be very useful for certain
tasks, check it out here
Command + Spacebar opens up spotlight
search
Word (Office)
Ctrl + comma
Toggle subscript text
⌘+=
Ctrl + period
Toggle superscript text
⌘ + Shift + =
Ctrl + E
Toggle center text
⌘+E
Ctrl + ]
Make highlighted text larger
⌘+]
Ctrl + [
Make highlighted text
smaller
⌘+]
some differences between the two
but patterns exist
Especially Ctrl ≈ ⌘
Chrome
Ctrl + L
Cursor on address bar
⌘+L
Ctrl + T
Open a new tab
⌘+T
Ctrl + Page Down
Move one tab forward
⌘ + Option + ←
Ctrl + Page Up
Move one tab forward
⌘ + Option + →
Ctrl + W
Close Tab
⌘+W
Ctrl + Shift + T
Unclose Tab
⌘ + Shift + T
Real Example
To type announcements at the start of class:
I open Word, click the Maximize the
window button, click the Center the text
button, and make the font size large enough
to see with the drop down menu
Windows Key, "word", Enter, Alt+Space, X,
Ctrl + E, Ctrl + ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]
30 seconds saved on a task repeated 5 times a day
=
7.5 hours of instruction reclaimed per school year
Peripherals
Wireless USB keyboard/ trackpads allow you to
have complete control of the computer from
anywhere in the room
look on amazon or newegg, usually ~$30 and
also really great for home entertainment
computers and being lazy around the house
There are pocket ones too...
$30+. Some come with laser pointers
You have a smartphone.
Unified Remote and alternatives
free for android demo (functional!), full version $4.
Election Night, 2012
iPad + Binoculars = unwieldy telescope
· also used: Google Drive PowerPoint editor
· trusty headlamp
Did you know...
Telescopes and their cousins, binoculars,
can magnify images, or make them larger
News at the speed of
light.
Digiscoping for Education
Why bother?
You can focus or watch the student focus while both can
see
USB cameras and webcams can be hooked up to
SmartBoards and Projectors
ELL's and native speakers alike learn the visual cues for
proper focusing and advanced techniques like fine focus
You already have a camera phone...
NO EXCUSES
iPhone camera
held to microscope
eyepiece,
no special
preparation
White onion and
iodine stain
at 100x
NYS Living Environment required Diffusion lab
"I didn't see anything!"
"¡No sé qué dibujar!"
"I skipped class when we did that onion thing!"
"I don't remember what was different!"
Before adding salt
solution
After adding salt
solution
You have an ipad
The core problem
I have only one of these iPads
I have more than one student
They all want to use the iPad
NOW.
What do we do?
app hunting
•Free (demo) apps range from hardly functional to life-saving
• You may need several similar apps to suit diverse needs.
Look for robust, flexible apps
•Testing the purchased apps of others also free (collaborate!)
•Find iPad apps that are useable on iPhone
•Shop around before buying ANYTHING, exhaust all free
options
•Keep up on new apps or free weekends, using tech websites,
reddit.com/r/ipad, App Store, etc.
roles of iPad in classroom
One iPad, one student: good for individual
enrichment, special needs accommodations,
alternative assessment, wealthy school$
One iPad, one class: presenting lessons and
lectures, remote control apps, short demo
passed around, station teaching
One iPad, one teacher: productivity, email,
google drive, video camera, document
viewer, staff collaboration
Content and enrichment
Biology
Chemistry
iCell
Physic
s
Molecules
Flashcardlet
EMD PTE
Free GraCalc
These applications can be used directly by
individual students. A lesson may require
every student to have an iPad, but a
projector can display one app to the class
General
Exoplanet
The blackboard of the future
Any app can be thrown on a projector using a
VGA adapter, $30, get the right one!
Prezi is a free zooming and panning, visually
dynamic alternative to powerpoint
presentations
Any notetaking or drawing app can be paired
with a projector via VGA to create something
like a smartboard. We like SketchbookX, $0
Collaboration and Communication
on a phone
GroupMe - texting app, free over wifi
can use cellular data or SMS
Multiple rooms, file sharing, picture messages
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Google Drive
Sync documents for subway reading
Almost all of the function of the website
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It is tempting to use new expensive technology
mainly for taking pictures of cats
Meet LouLou :3
or as an expensive paperweight
even though paper does sometimes
need weighing down...
$600 can buy many
posters
We can do better than a
tiny glowing poster
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