Author Archives: Andrea

About Andrea

Welcome, I found myself in video classroom teaching Biology, Ecology and Earth Science through distance learning this fall. I use this blog as a central place to store my ideas and resources. I am always eager to share and connect with others too.

Turn your smartphone into a document camera

IPEVO IDocCam is a great tool for repurposing your iphone or an ipad into a document camera. The app costs .99 a month or $9.99 a year. Once you download and install the software the only trick is creating a stand. Of course IPEVO sells a really nifty smartphone stand for $59.00. You can also use a cookie rack and a stack of books and position the camera through wires. A piece of plexiglass is also a good tool.

(image from https://eduk8.me/2020/03/using-your-phone-or-a-tablet-as-a-document-camera/)
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IPEVO Annotate

IPEVO AnnotateIPEVO Annotate. This is a free download from IPEVO. It allows you to mark up anything that displays on your computer. You can also pop up a whiteboard to solve problems on.

You can also use IPEVO Annotator in Whiteboard mode. Here is a video to explain this.

For and ipad like experience, you can use a Wacom graphics tablet that comes with a pen. This will allow you to annotate with the pen and is much easier to draw equations with.

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Alaska Phenomena

Please help us collect great ideas that connect science to Alaska students using phenomena, ideas, and resources that spark wonder!

 

Thanks to Vicki in Homer for sharing this one with me. 

I have started a draft list that you can see here. Alaska Phenomena Word Doc Draft

You can submit your ideas and resources using this google form link

 

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EcoMuve

EcoMuve is an immersive ecology game built by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The game is downloaded and installed on student computers. Students explore pond ecology while playing the game and interacting with data collection simulations. I plan to explore this with my ecology students working remotely this winter. Teacher and students guides are available to support integration of this game. https://ecolearn.gse.harvard.edu/projects/ecomuve

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The Patterns Approach: NGSS Science Curriculum

Patterns of Science is an AWESOME open source science curriculum published by the Portland Metro STEM Collaborative. They have an amazing NGSS science curriculum available on their web site. Then, to top of their main resources, they have been pulling together support on how to reach ALL of their students during the Pandemic remote learning crisis. They aren’t simply throwing everything online and telling teachers to “have at it” They are also developing equitable paper packets that try to retain the same interaction, inquiry and quality as their live or digital lesson.

“Our team of teacher leaders has developed distance learning resources for each Patterns course to support students and teachers during school closures. These resources will support your classroom and district implementation of Distance Learning for All as directed by the Oregon Department of Education.”

https://sites.google.com/beaverton.k12.or.us/patterns/home?authuser=0

Read More about this model and the resources available

Patterns High School Science – Vertical Articulation Resource Guide

Patterns Approach HS Science Curriculum Pedagogy Design Principles

NSTA Article, The Science Teacher, “The Patterns Approach: Engaging Freshman in Practices of Science” Bradford Hill.

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