Monday, February 12, 2018


Everybody knows about STEM science programs. Recently the new acronym appeared and became popular among science teachers, S.T.E.A.M - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics! The art component is wisely integrated into this event because of the budget cuts and as a result of that students' creativity is neglected!

Mount Saint Mary College will be hosting a STEAM program on March 17th thanks to the efforts and resources of the CARD Center under the leadership of Dr. Fran Spielhagen, who shares sponsorship of the event with the KDP chapter.  My science methods classes will join the program. The organizing committee proposed a STEAM station template and invited teacher candidates to submit proposals with 30-minute lessons. Ten (10) stations were approved for the event! Some of them will involve the use iPads, drones, 3D printer, and a few stations will do natural science projects and math! All of the stations will require creating final projects with the art component. I contacted Goshen LEGO LAND office and they promised to donate an architectural LEGO set as a prize! My colleague Dr. Sonya Abbye-Taylor contacted Mad Science Lab and they will do a presentation at the end of the STEAM Day.
No science without technology! Richard Byrne shared his ideas and findings for the STEAM events in his Free Technology for Teachers blog.

So glad I follow this Blog!

Richard Byrne posted a great blog about the science Journal App for a science classroom! He is describing five ways of how this app can make a classroom engaging and inspire students to learn science authentically! Thank you, Richard, for a thought-provoking post!!
Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Observations Students Can Record With Google's Science Journal App'via Blog this'

Monday, November 13, 2017

Explore and adopt! About HyperDocs |

I have read about HyperDocs in Richard Byrne's wonderful and very current blog Free Technology for Teachers.  He informed teachers about the work of three experienced Google educators who are behind this idea - Lisa HighfillSarah Landis, and Kelly Hilton. Here is their website: About HyperDocs |

I have already tried out and adopted one of the templates for our afterschool science program.
The students were so engaged and excited about completing the HyperDocs project on Climate Change, they didn't want to leave the classroom when the time was up!

More on Google tools and Google tutorials visit Richard's blog and youtube channel.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Exciting Virtual science Fair Project

It will be probably sixth or seventh semester of me teaching the science and technology methods course.  It has been quite an adventure on its own. I love science and more now being involved in the environmental/sustainability science. I will be teaching Sustainability Literacy for Social Change course in the Fall of 2018.

This semester parallelly to teaching the course I also challenged myself to explore the technology program I used a lot in different ways and in different classes - VoiceThread.   I decided to get a Voicethread certification. I completed a 2-week course and now have to finish a project with the teacher candidates. I chose my science methods classes as I came up with an idea of running a Virtual Science Fair. Teacher candidates from my classes usually have their fieldwork at Bishop Dunn Memorial School. They usually run their Science Fair in the Spring and my classes usually contribute to the Science Fair through designing their own projects and then through judging students' projects.  So --- I decided, that in the Fall, I will provide teacher candidates an opportunity to select their Science Fair project ideas, conduct their scientific methods, create digital posters and share them via Voicethread.
This month is devoted to working on the Science Fair projects. I created Guides, rubrics, video-tutorials, invited science consultant, Mr. Love, to speak about the scientific method.

Last Tuesday, one of my research students, Kelsey, taught the class peers: how to sign up, create Voicethread slides, add links and images and the ways of recording comments. We are set to go with the Virtual Science Fair project on the Voicethread.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Improving Learning with the Learning Journey Model

I enjoy reading blogs and listening to the podcasts of Vicki Davis -- the famous Cool Cat Teacher. Her new podcast was based on the interview with the inventor of the Learning Journey Model Mark Engstrom @markaengstrom Head of Middle School and Upper School at Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas. It is a thought-provoking conversation and inspiring dialog of two tech-savvy educators about transformational learning in the digital age. Worth-while reading and listening!

SOS! sos! Check for the new Google Earth

I am following the writing of the blogger Richard Byrne Free Educational Technology for Teachers. Richard is ahead of everybody in announcing the innovations and discoveries in the field of educational technology. Today he shared a video about the new Google EARTH (Not every browser can handle the new program). It is AMAZING!