Category Archives: Digital Tools

Exploring and Modeling Matter Phases and Changes

After some success last year with Mrs. Vissochi’s class and matter changes, it was apparent that more time had to be dedicated to understanding matter phases and how to model matter before such learning. So this year, Mrs. Finn opened … Continue reading

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Exploring the Ways Matter Changes

“When water is heated, it changes into something new … steam.”“Chocolate can melt and be frozen again.”“I think volcanoes can change rocks underwater.” When posing such an open question as “what ways does matter change?” its easy to see the … Continue reading

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Static Electricity Visualizations and Activities

Static electricity demos and activities can be finicky. Humid air is a demonstration killer. Latex allergy? Forget the “classic” balloon activities. Fortunately there is an array of great static electricity demonstrations, visualizations, and virtual laboratories for your kids to explore … Continue reading

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Introducing #elemsci

With so much attention being brought to reading and mathematics in our elementary classrooms, time for science (among other subjects such as social studies, art, music, and physical education) is being squeezed, and with it, the opportunities for professional development … Continue reading

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iPad Apps for Science Educators

On Friday, December 9th I sat in on the Burlington High School Science Department meeting that centered around their use of the iPad 2 in their 1:1 science classrooms. Now almost four months into the pilot program I thought the … Continue reading

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Conducting Class One Hundred Miles Away

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Marialice Curran’s Elementary Education prepratory course “Science and Social Studies as Continuous Inquiry” at Saint Joseph College in Connecticut. Marialice asked that I share my thoughts on the importance of … Continue reading

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Expanding My Boundaries through Blogs

This year’s Expanding Boundaries course was recently asked what blogs they are currently following on their Google Reader. I decided I’d take the opportunity to share my own in hopes they might pick a few up themselves and begin sharing … Continue reading

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