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How can students engage in an interactive science lesson through remote learning? Any recommendations for interactive science websites?

Lianne Fernandez-Fraga
Lianne Fernandez-Fraga
1325 Activity Points

Grade level and subject matter will drive the resources. At the high school and college level, I find the following very strong resources:

  • PhET (they also offer teacher-created instructions/student questions that you can adopt/modify)
  • ChemCollective 

I've been seeing a lot of emails from textbook reps where they are offering their online platforms for free (if you weren't already requiring that for your students). Norton, Wiley, and others all offer interactive online assessments with immediate answer-specific feedback. Some platforms are even adaptive, with questions tailored to each student based on performance on previous assessment questions. 

Emily Faulconer
Emily Faulconer
4660 Activity Points

I would recommend Kahoot! Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform, used as educational technology in schools and other educational institutions. Its learning games, "Kahoots", are multiple-choice quizzes that allow user generation and can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app. 

-Brielle Davis

Brielle Davis
Brielle Davis
410 Activity Points

There a lot of ways to gets students engaging with Science online. Now that distance learning is a way of life many companies that you have used before are opening up platforms to better assist teachers and students. One of those is Flinn Scientific who are offering a series of at home labs for students. Here is the link to those labs: Flinn Scientific.

I also agree with several of the other posters saying that PhET simulations are a great tool to show students hands on concepts on a digital platform. Also most of the Phet simulators come with premade worksheets that other teacher have put together which is very helpful. 

Jennifer Hicks
Jennifer Hicks
660 Activity Points

Hi Lianne,

I just found out about this website called Wonderville. It is a great interactive site that allows parents, teachers, and students to create their own accounts. On the website, there are videos, games, and career profiles that introduce possible careers to future little scientists. Attached is the link to the website. Hope this helps!

https://wonderville.org/

Sincerely,

Ashley Gibson

Ashley GIbson
Ashley GIbson
765 Activity Points

There is a website called Gizmos (https://www.explorelearning.com) and it has lots of online simulations for both middle and high school students. I have also found that ck-12 can be a great resource for helping teach a topic. It provides students a reading and then they have to answer 10 practice questions correctly. The practice questions get more difficult as they get them correct as a way of differentiation and will provide the teacher with data on if the student is exploring the topic or has mastery over the topic.

Charissa Barnhill
Charissa Barnhill
1514 Activity Points

Good Morning,

In remote learning, there is this website Discovery Education which they have games, videos and you can assign a lesson to the students 

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

I hope this website works for you,

Regards,

 

Jossy Cubillo

Jossy Cubillo
Jossy Cubillo
776 Activity Points

Thanks Lianne for getting us started.  At NSTA we compiled a list of resources suggested by educators. The list can be accessed at the collection below. This may be just a starting point...hope it helps.

https://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=R2UEnDteWYQ_E

Could others share additional resources/strategies regarding remote teaching?

Take care,

Flavio.

Flavio Mendez
Flavio Mendez
45236 Activity Points

HI Flavio, 

 

Thanks for the post of all the resources. Is there a bestg place to look for middle school science specifically? 

Brandon Ramirez
Brandon Ramirez
655 Activity Points

Hi science teachers! It's spring time.  I've heard from parents that they want their kids to get outside and take a break form all the sitting online learning that their kids are doing remotely.  So, I am planning a series of BACKYARD activities to do for their online science learning.  Twig studies, soil critter id, moon phases, sun movement by racing shadows, ETC.  Any ideas, links, etc are welcome!

Jean Myers
Jean Myers
435 Activity Points

Thank you for offering this forum.  Any resources and counsel on the handling of remote labs?

Jamie Frain
Jamie Frain
10 Activity Points

Thank you for creating this list.

I work on a website about water footprints that has been a big hit with teachers. It has lesson plans (with both in-class and out-of-class activities) for middle- and high-school students that could be easily adapted for younger or older students. I'll post some links to the different types of content below. Check it out if you get a chance.

watercalculator.org - links to the water footprint calculator

water footprint lessons - links to middle-and high-school water footprint lesson plans

educator resources - links to information for teachers, students and younger kids, and includes lists of websites about water

Aqua: Save Water - links to a youtube video about about a girl and her dog who help their family save water when their reservoir runs low

 

We also have tips and losts of content about the connections between water, food and energy systems. Enjoy!

Robin Madel
Robin Madel
80 Activity Points

Wow, what a resource! Thank you!

Billy Huggins
Billy Huggins
Activity Points

At the UCAR Center for Science Education, we surveyed all our existing educational resources to identify which ones would work with students learning at home. Here's the link to the resource collection: Help K-12 Students Learn About Earth from Home. There is a lot for middle school in this resource page.

Lisa Gardiner
Lisa Gardiner
70 Activity Points

I would recommend zoom, it is a great resource and is very easy to navigate. In particular, I have been receiving university courses using this platform and it has been going really well because the teacher can engage with students and everyone can participate. Similarly, a great feature that I love about zoom is that it allows you to share your screen, meaning that you can display powerpoints and videos during your sessions and  this really promotes student learning. The only concern that I see with zoom specially with the younger students is that everyone has an access to internet and a device, other than that I consider is agreat tool that can be use from elementary all the way to the university courses. 

Hope that my advice helps. 

Sara Ordonez
Sara Ordonez
620 Activity Points

With everything that has been mentioned, I highly recommend all of those resources.  Something that I've always found useful though, is that students gain a much deeper understanding once they get their hands on these investigations and experiments.  With the whole distance learning going on, it is much more difficult to get materials especially those related to science which can be more expensive.  There are always experiments and investigations that can be done at home and that are safe for the students.  Have them create their own experiment or replicate one with materials they can find at the house or purchase from a Dollar General, etc.  Make sure they record their demonstration and reflect upon their findings.  Then you can review the videos they submit using GoReact or Flipgrid.  There are tons of experiments that can be done at home, you just have to google them or most of the time I can find them for free on teachers pay teachers.  Hope this helps!

Melinda Lape
Melinda Lape
637 Activity Points

When working with remote teaching and learning, what are good strategies that work for students who have IEPS or 504 plans? 

Terran Miller
Terran Miller
315 Activity Points

Hi, this is an excellent question. I taught full time online science from 2011- 2017. It depends on the students 504 or IEP. Some accomodations were to provide an actual textbook vs just the online text. Also, students had extended time on assignments, more than one attempt on an assignment, or some questions were eliminated in that particular assignment. Any assignments that had a timer had that feature removed. Also, when it came to accessability we had to make sure every video was closed captioned, all images were alt tagged, which enabled them to be read by a screen reader, and all online weblinks opened in a separate web tab. All  online science courses had to have a certain type of font and color. This way it would not impact a student with visual disabilites. In some cases when writing online courses I would make sure the directions were written in addition to auditory.  If a student had a 504 or IEP I would just work with them so they were successful.  Many of these accomodations, I mentioned though,  help all students since we all learn differently. As we know one size does not fit all.   Thanks, Denise Wright, former full time online science teacher

Denise Wright
Denise Wright
330 Activity Points

Gizmo (under ExploreLearning) has some in depth virtual labs that are free to use, however this is a great time for student directed experimentation! One lesson I am working on is in conjunction with our math department where we will have students design a garden in their backyard or in an empty space. Students will have to create a sun map of their location along with documenting any plants or animals that may affect their garden. Although students may not be able to actually make their garden, it has students considering biotic and abiotic factors that could affect crop growth through their own discovery.

Zach Millan
Zach Millan
599 Activity Points

At the middle school level, I recommend using Legends of Learning. This is a standards-based platform that allows students to learn/ review information in a fun and creative way. Students are able to apply the knowledge that they have acquired in this online scenario. Often times the games bring a real-world aspect to the science. For example, I recently covered land and sea breezes with my 6th-grade students. The Legends of Learning game involved the student transporting people in a hot air balloon. They had to use their knowledge of land and sea breezes to transport the people in time. Great and fun resource!

Camillia Ledbetter
Camillia Ledbetter
785 Activity Points

If possible you can even video tape yourself doing these interactive activities. This will help with any frustration for those visual learners in your class as well as parents who want to provide the necessary tools for their children. Hope this helps and maybe sparks some ideas!

Sophia Almeida
Sophia Almeida
370 Activity Points

Considering that Science is very dependent on hands-on activities, I think that remote learning poses a challenge for teachers to keep the authenticity of the Science core curriculum. However, going through this experience with the Coronavirus and relying on remote learning as the only way to educate students it is important to think about strategies that can help students engage in hands-on activities. In order to do this, I think that teachers can provide videos of easy at-home experiements that students can do on their own, provide an instructional video that students can follow from the comfort of their home, or have them complete an interactive lab online! 

Adielys Trincado
Adielys Trincado
783 Activity Points

I have biology classes that were getting ready for dissections.  I found the Glencoe Virtual Lab site and it has virtual labs for more than just the one discipline.

https://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/virtual_labs_glencoe.html

My students appreciate the change.  I also have Pearson online license that I have used the last two years.  Great series K-8; Elevate Science.  

Josette Andrews
Josette Andrews
285 Activity Points

That is really interesting that there are online dissections available for remote learning. his ay even be a viable option when there are students who woud prefer not to dissect an animal. This platform also allows students to repeat and go back to do the dissections again which will increase understanding and mastery. I have not had a chance to look at Pearson online but it sounds like an interesting resource. 

Jennifer Hicks
Jennifer Hicks
660 Activity Points

I think now is a great time to get students doing observations outdoors. There are so many things they can learn from just taking a walk around their neighborhood or looking in their own backyard. They can create their own research paper from what they observe. Allowing the students to pick the topic may really help grow their interest in the sciences.

Lily Albertson
Lily Albertson
500 Activity Points

When working in a remote learning setting what is one way to ensure that students are understanding the concept and incorporate all students? 

Sofia Duarte
Sofia Duarte
325 Activity Points

Here is a list of games, simulations, and virtual labs for assorted science topics, from a variety of sources, with brief reviews and screenshots; suitable for use in an online curriculum: https://flyrussell.com/reviews

Randy Russell
Randy Russell
300 Activity Points

I recommend a lot of the interactive, low-cost or free, and already prepared Nearpod science activities. My favorites have the 360 degree view in Nearpod VR, such as the bumper car one featuring the concept of force.

Here are a few websites I have seen preservice teachers use remotely with their mentor teachers when they co-taught lessons either asynhronously, via videorecording using https://edpuzzle.com/, or synchronously during a zoom class/office hour: 

https://phet.colorado.edu/ (Hooke's Law and more)

http://virtualbiologylab.org/ (population genetics)

https://www.decodingcancer.org/resources (virtual precision medicine lab)

 

Joanne Vakil
Joanne Vakil
10 Activity Points

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