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.
Teaching Tools in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest
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
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:
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
Click here to read more:
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
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
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
Look for the Free Advice column in the June 7 issue.
“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 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.
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,
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.
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
If your resource list is published in the journal,
you'll receive a free book from a selection of titles from NSTA
Send your top five resources (books, websites, multimedia, and so
on) on a topic to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science and Children (grades preK5) has issued a Call
for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
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