Physical Science

Online resources for virtual learning

Hello everyone, I am currently a student teacher in my first year of my master's program. I was placed in an 8th-grade physical science classroom at STEM prior to the virtual learning that we have all had to experience. My clinical supervisor got me familiar with USA test prep and GPB for assignments. What types of tools are you using in your online classroom? Thank you! 

Nicole Anthony
Nicole Anthony
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Hello, It is a joy to Student Teachers on board, especially within the World of Science. Allow me to share that with virtual school a variety of tools are used to motivate and stimulate student interest, especially as it relates to “shared interest”, “student guided instructions”, and “active participants”. The tool I generally use is Zoom, which allows my students to guide their peers, through active participation in sharing their common interests. This medium allows each to illustrate how Mother Nature’s Toolbox shapes their world, with the various tools she uses, and how each tool is named in conjunction with their families home base toolbox. As a lesson is taught, a tool is used. One such tool is the Water Cycle, especially how it breaks down and shapes the world. Another is the Rock Cycle, which does a variety of things in reshaping the features of the earth (assistance from the Water Cycle), forever! The Scientific Method is a tool that has interchangeable parts (socket wrench) such as”Scientific Law”, “Scientific Enquiry”, just to mention a couple. Once Mother Nature’s Toolbox is opened, her tools will open the Scientific Discoveries of a Lifetime. On a side note: I would like for any and everyone to explore two exciting portals, the first is the “Space Foundation” in Colorado Springs, Colorado (5 day program) where only 63 teachers are selected (from around the world) to join the best and the brightest Scientists (from around the world) as they share new discoveries in Space Science. The second is Wallops NASA Space Program on Wallops Island, Virginia. Here 43 teachers are selected to attend an exciting 5 day Workshop. Both require an application, so you must have a motivational desire to attend. - Micheal P Floyd Jr., Ed. D., Ph. D., Earth/Space Science

Micheal P Floyd Jr
Micheal P Floyd Jr
55 Activity Points


Here are the tools I've been using: (I teach 6th,7th,8th grade science in CA)

  • EDPuzzle
  • Discovery ED (This is my curriculum)
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Meets 
  • PhET Simulations ("Virtual" labs)
  • Legends of Learning (Standards Based Science Videogames)
  • Gimkit (Review game - Student LOVE it!)
  • Quizlet (Vocab cards)
  • Youtube videos (There are Bill-Nye like shows: Science Max and (cough) Bill Nye episodes)
    • Also many great science experients
  • iMovie (for video creation)

Hope that helps! 

Matthew Mellor
Matthew Mellor
980 Activity Points

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