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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Technology Teaching Tools. Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties accessing our links, please visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-05/member_elementary.htm.



Developers of new technologies for the classroom tout their products to those making the buying decisions in schools across the country, but teachers say that merely getting technology into the classroom doesn’t meet all of their needs. At NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in Anaheim last month, teachers told us that they also want to understand the technology well enough to use it with their students. They also underscored the fact that many teachers still are dealing with "low-technology" equipment and supplies, such as overhead projectors and transparencies. This issue of Science Class provides many examples of how teachers have integrated the use of technology into their teaching.

Technology Teaching Tools in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

(Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators).

Technology teaching tools featured in this month’s news stories include podcasts, remote-control devices, personal digital assistants, whiteboards, blogs, video-conferencing, and concept-mapping software.

To read more, visit


Technology Teaching Tools on the Web

SciLinks® is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword for this issue is

Technology Teaching Tools: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621105510661011

NSTA Journal Articles on Technology Teaching Tools

Today's teachers are often presented with teaching tools they are unfamiliar with, or they are not informed about effective ways to use these tools in their classrooms. Read about the experiences of colleagues as they incorporate new technology tools into their teaching.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Technology Teaching Tools in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-05/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-05/newbookselem.htm. To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup.

Professional Development

In next month's issue of Science Class, we are featuring the popular “Free for All” theme. Many free resources will be compiled in one issue to help you plan for the next school year. Under the heading Free Advice, we would like to provide tips for teachers of science contributed by their colleagues. Write us with your answer to "If only I had known then what I know now about science teaching..." What lessons did you learn early in your career, or what have you learned recently that might help others? E-mail your advice to enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org. Look for the Free Advice column in the June 7 issue.

Global Science Teaching

“In 20 years (by 2026), teaching and learning will be very different from what it is today. Who studies, what they study, where and how they study—all these will change. How are we, as education leaders, going to anticipate and respond to these developments?” asked Australia’s Minister for Education, Science, and Training, Julie Bishop, in her opening address at the first International Education Forum 2006, organized by the Australian Department of Education, Science, and Technology.

Click here to read more: http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2006/4/30/education/14098649.

NSTA Opportunities

NSTA Web Seminars

NSTA Web Seminars continue in May! These 90-minute, live professional development experiences allow distant participants to interact with recognized experts, including NSTA Press authors and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and our newest partner, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). Seminars run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. EST. These online events are grant-funded, so they are offered at no cost; however, the number of participants is limited—first come, first served up until the day of the program. Register early to receive a username. Password and other program information will follow via e-mail. For a complete schedule of seminar topics, dates, and times, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

NSTA SciGuides

Visit the NSTA SciGuides site at http://sciguides.nsta.org/internet/default.aspx for some concise advice on "How Can I Use the Internet in My Classroom?" Check out the valuable resources, grant information, and research on technology in the classroom.

NSTA SciGuides provides a multimedia demonstration so that you can see for yourself how these grade appropriate, Standards-aligned websites can assist you in bringing effective internet resources into your classroom. To access the demonstration, visit http://sciguides.nsta.org/demo/index.html.

The Early Years

Science and Children (S&C) and NSTA have a blog devoted to early childhood science (see http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog). Here you’ll find teaching advice, management tips, favorite resources, and activity ideas specifically for teachers of grades preK–2. The blog accompanies Science and Children’s column The Early Years. Highlights from the online conversations will appear in the print column. Teachers who post a comment that gets chosen for publication in S&C will receive one free book from a select group of NSTA Press publications.

Technology means more than computers in the classroom. Teachers at the Early Years are discussing the unique ways they incorporate technology into their lessons. To join in, visit http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog/comments.aspx?blogid=1&articleid=54.

Send Us Your Teacher's Picks

Publish your favorite resource picks in The Early Years! We're seeking Teacher's Picks on the following themes:

  • Science Processes
  • Math and Science Explorations
  • Earth Science
  • Literacy Development
  • Cycles
  • Energy
  • Ecosystems
  • Water

If your resource list is published in the journal, you'll receive a free book from a selection of titles from NSTA Press (http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/Early-Years/eyb.htm.) Send your top five resources (books, websites, multimedia, and so on) on a topic to mzerry@nsta.org.

Call for Papers

Science and Children (grades preK–5) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Next Month's Theme

Free for All


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