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Enrich Science Exit Projects with Technology

Grade 8 Sample Unit

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Session 8.1: How Can Technology Be Used to Enhance the Science Exit Project?

Authors: Petal McPherson and Jacqueline Rossy

Content Teaching Points
• What is the Science Exit Project?
• What is Scientific Inquiry?
• What is the Scientific Method?
• How can technology be used to enhance the Science Exit Project?
• What is a Science Exit Project, and why is it important to student learning?
• What are the components of a Science Exit Project?
• How can we help students create a strong Exit Project.
• Review of the 4Rs.
• What are the steps of the inquiry process?
• How can technology be incorporated into the Science Exit Project?
• How do we assess an Exit Project with a rubric?
Technology Teaching Points
• Search for reliable sources using key words from your question.
• Evaluate content of selected Web sites for: Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, Current Information.





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Session 8.2: Developing a Topic and Obtaining Background Information for a Science Exit Project

Author: Christine Kola

Content Teaching Points
• How can teachers guide students to identify topics of interest that may be used for Exit Projects?
• How can teachers guide students to use Internet search engines effectively to find information for their background research?
• How can teachers help students determine if the information they find is suitable for their needs?
• How can you get your students excited about an Exit Project idea? Observations, Science Curriculum. > How to help students generate a topic that can be a good researchable question?
• How to model brainstorming activities?
Technology Teaching Points
• Search for reliable sources using key words from your question.
• Evaluate content of selected Web sites for: Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, Current Information.





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Session 8.3: Using PageKeeper to Create Your Science Library of Online Resources that Support Student Exit Projects


Content Teaching Points
• How can you support students that have trouble searching independently?
• How can you provide students with a starting place for their research?
• What is PageKeeper?
• How is PageKeeper used to collect and organize online resources?
Technology Teaching Points
• Use Internet search engines to find Web sites that will help students through the Exit Project process.
• Use PageKeeper to create a page of online resources that support student exit projects.





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Session 8.4: Benefits of Blogging in the Classroom


Content Teaching Points
• What is a blog?
• How can I use a blog as a tool to share information with my students?
• How will my students use the blog in their 8th Grade Exit Projects?
Technology Teaching Points
• Review existing science blogs. Use www.edublogs.com to set-up a class blog.
• Post a question on your blog.
• Add a comment to someone else's blog.





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Session 8.5: How to Create a Classroom Blog


Content Teaching Points
During this session, participants will learn how to use a blog as a tool to share information with my students?
Technology Teaching Points
During this session, participants will learn how to create a blog.





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Edublogs



Session 8.6: Using Word Templates to Help Students Organize Their Research Findings and Write a Report


Content Teaching Points
• What are the key problems that your students face in report writing?
• Students require some structure to help them write the Science Exit Project report.
• The template can be used to incorporate research findings in note form and then later changed to paragraph form.
• How can we help students avoid plagiarism?
• Practice paraphrasing research information.
Technology Teaching Points
• Use Microsoft Word to create a report template.
• Insert tables, format text.
• Use Citation Machine for site sources for the Exit Project bibliography.





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Session 8.7: Using Excel To Track, Collect, and Analyze Data for an Experiment


Content Teaching Points
• How can students use Microsoft Excel to collect data sets, manipulate the data sets, and draw conclusions from them?
• Conduct multiple trials of an experiment.
• Record data in an Excel table.
• How can we create a data table in Excel?
• How can we create a chart in Excel?
Technology Teaching Points
• Use Excel to record and organize data.
• Use Excel data tables and charts to analyze data and draw conclusions.
• Use a chart to monitor dependent variables and independent variables.





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Session 8.8: Preparing the Project Display with PowerPoint


Content Teaching Points
• Why use PowerPoint?
• How can PowerPoint be used effectively to organize and present data for a Science Exit Project?
• Simple: Print and cut on the board. It helps kids organize their work and keep it neat.
• Advanced: PPT is the display and it runs with voice-over, images of the process, and the results.
• Could include video shots of the process.
• How do I structure my presentation?
Technology Teaching Points
• Create a PowerPoint presentation.
• Insert images and charts.
• Insert a video.
• Insert hyperlinks.





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