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Science Misconceptions - Catina Stecz
One of the misconceptions I delt with this year was how if you touch a baby bird that the mamma bird will shun it because it can smell humans.  In order to get students to understand why this was a false assumption we looked at the olfactory area of the birds brain and compared to to other animals that are known to have a good sense of smell.  So the students could then come to some conclusions about what they thought was a birds ability to smell in comparasion to those other animals,
1 Reply   |   Last on 11/15/2018 at 5:49 AM ET
Science misconceptions in my class
Most of the misconceptions I have encountered are "science urban legends" such as "bananas prevent muscle cramps" and "lactic acid causes muscle fatigue".   These are not the fault of electronic resources as much as simple word of mouth.  When I ask students how they know these items are fact, I get "because they say it's true!"  While these are common misconceptions, they work very well for me to get students involved in evaluating what they hear.  For example, I ask student
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Science Misconceptions- Kristen LaRue
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? They often asssume that just becuse they find scientific data in a chart or in some other type of graphical form that it must be significant, accurate, and that correlation equals causation. They don't take the time to think about what the data is really saying.  How do you think electronic resources foster or contribute to this science misconception? There is now so much information avalible online tha
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Pros and Cons of Using Electronic Resources in the Classroom
Pros- Digital Jobs and deadlines...Students are better prepared for the work world of today. They become comfortable with completing paperless assignments and meeting digital deadlines.  Cons- Thinking and reading for understanding is not a requirement... Students are able to look up the answers to just about any question the teacher may ask. They respond without the need to ever really understand the content behind what they are saying.
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Electronic Resources and Science Misconceptions
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? I start the year talking to my students about different types of energy.  The concept that they struggle with the most is the idea of potential and kinetic energy.  The idea that if there is more gravitational potential energy or elastic potential energy then this would result in more kinetic energy.  Even though we do experiments and demonstrations to help address this concept, when it comes to the sum
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Biggest Pro and Con for Electronic Resources
Biggest Pro: At the 6th grade level, there are very few students that feel comfortable talking/sharing their thoughts in front of their peers.  When you use online forums or discussion boards as electronic resources with your students, my thought is that more students will participate because that embarrassment factor of public speaking is no longer there. Biggest Con:  More opportunities for plagiarism.  If more students are using electronic resources then there are more opportu
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Science misconceptions in my classroom-- Andrea Cobb
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? They do not understand that, as a part of the laboratory research process, steps must be validated and checked before the final step. (e.g., running a gel to check insertion of a gene in a plasmid before performing a transformation). They lazily just say that the experiment didn't work without sleuthing around to see what evidence might tell them about what happened.  I have banned the term"human error" in my c
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Pro and Con of Electronic Resource
When it comes to electronic resources I think about how much it helps with communication.  I can very quickly and easily send messages, post assignments and respond to students querries very quickly.  I remember how students use to struggle to enter urls when they carry out web quests not I just post all of my links in an assignment in google classroom and students are able to go to the links so quickly not time wasted typing and retyping the urls.  Although technology has the abi
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Science Misconception - Ellie Williamson
A big misconception I have found with my student is associated with evolution.  Some believe that when the environment changes the organisms then become adapted to survive in the changes rather than the variants within the species that have traits that allow them to thrive successfully are able to survive and pass on those traits leading to a change in the population with those traits over time.  The right electronic resource can help to address this misconception.  For example th
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Science Misconceptions Robin Cowen
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? How do you think electronic resources foster or contribute to this science misconception? What can you, as a teacher, do to correct this misconception? In teaching Biology I come across a number of misconceptions students have: their blood is blue inside the body but once exposed to air it becomes red and that we only use 10% of our  brain are 2 of the most common ones I hear every year. Electronic resources m
1 Reply   |   Last on 5/31/2016 at 11:07 PM ET
Blood Color (Science Misconceptions)
1. Some A&P based science misconceptions that some of my students have: Deoxygenated blood is blue. The heart is located on the left side of my body. The stomach is the main/only site of digestion. All bacteria are harmful. Cellular respiration only uses glucose as a fuel source.   2. How do you think electronic resources foster or contribute to this science misconception?I'm not sure that these misconceptions are generated mainly/solely by electronic resources but electronic res
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Electronic Devices Major Pro/Con
Biggest Pro of Electronic Devices: They are a powerful tool in helping students move to the center of their learning because electronic devices can help students have more choice in format/topic, more control in the pace of what they are consuming and participation speed, more engagement with experts, more collaboration opportuniteis, etc. Biggest Con of Electronic Devices: In an era of information overload students struggle to assess the crediblity of sources and how to use electronic devices
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Electronic Resources and Science Misconceptions- J. Etter
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? One science misconception that I can particularly recall took place about two years ago.  We were discussing the concept of universal gravitation in class and one student stated, “There is no gravity in space.  I saw it on ‘The Big Bang Theory.’” I was, of course, shocked and began to make my argument as to how and why we know there is gravity in space, but the incident neverthele
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Misconceptions in Science-Arlene Ramos
Throughout the years of teaching Biology/Anatomy and Physiology, I noticed the following misconceptions from my students The bigger the animal, the bigger the cell size Plants have no mitochondria. They use sunlight as a source of energy while animals need the mitochondria so they can produce ATP as source of energy. All animal cells are round in shape and plant cells are rectangular. With the onset of technology use with this generation, I observed that some students do not check the so
1 Reply   |   Last on 5/29/2016 at 6:06 PM ET
Misconceptions in Science--Lee Teevan
The greatest misconception among my students is that the universe and everything in it was created by a god and all creation follows a plan. As a teacher, I am not going to tread into the area of religion with my students.  Instead, I tell them how science demands data, proof, and experimentation.  Faith operates on belief.  Culture, perhaps via electronic resources, and popular media, such as a film like “2012”, help foster these misconceptions.  I am trying to i
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Pros and Cons of Using Electronic Resources-Arlene Ramos
In this modern world, our lives are basically dominated by technology. But sometimes we ask ourselves if the use of e-resources lives up to the hype. One of the major advantage of using electronic resources would be that its low cost in terms of manpower, space, and purchase of equipment. As long as one has access to the internet, then it is easy to access e-resources anytime and anywhere.  Even if most of us are tech-savvy, there are some drawbacks with the use of e-resources. One major
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Con of technology in the classroom? from Andrea Cobb
I must be very strategic when asking students to use certain technologies--videos especially. They often percieve the activity as "entertainment" and fail to take notes or otherwise process it to the degree that they do when taking notes from a lecture, etc.  Sadly, we seem to have trained them well to pay attention to the more passive model (for students)  of teacher centered "learning". They are resistant initially to digging out understanding themselves.  
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Science Misconceptions- Kim Terry
I use Page Keeley's books "Uncovering Student's Ideas In Science" as a "probe" of misconceptions before we start a unit in many of my classes so I come across all sorts of weird ideas my kids have.  One of my favorite is how does a plant gain mass?  Most of the time the kids pick "from the soil" instead of from carbon dioxide.  So I try to talk about lpant structure  and that most of the mass is CHO, then they can change their choice and some still pick soil.  As we lear
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Science Misconception - Jennifer Smith
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? How do you think electronic resources foster or contribute to this science misconception? What can you, as a teacher, do to correct this misconception? One of the last units I teach during the school year is about the circulatory system.  A common misconception held by my students has to do with the color of blood. Not only do some of my students think that human blood is blue, some of them also think there
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Pros and Cons of Technology Kim Terry
I had several pros and cons but I think the biggest pro is: (when you try to cut and paste and it doesnt work! see odd box below)  Access to new knowledge.  Students can read/explore newer “discoveries” and news stories related to topics that are more current than in a textbook. When we studied concussions in anatomy this year my students were looking up the latest research.  The biggest con for me is keeping up with some of the new tech things.  Our school has ha
1 Reply   |   Last on 5/31/2016 at 3:43 PM ET
Electronic Resource Analysis
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is?              It depends what type of resource it is and how students are asked to use the resource. Depending on the resource I feel like electronic resources can help students be more engaged because they can control the pace of learning, they can have more choice in what they are exploring, at times they can get
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Pros and Cons of Electronic Resources- Jazz Etter
Though I determined 5 major pros and cons of incorporating technology in the classroom, my most significant pro and con are provided below: PRO: Ability to access digital/virtual labs Having the students perform a virtual version of the lab prior to conducting the physical lab helps to reduce waste and errors due to execution as well as ensure all students are familiar with the materials and procedures (especially with time-consuming or tedious labs, like gram-staining, using the microscope or
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Science Misconception in the Classroom
One of the most common misconceptions that I have encountered among my students is the boiling point of water. Almost everybody would claim it to be 100oC and end the statement right there. Our campus is located at around 3800 feet above sea level (and hence lower boiling point). During lab investigations, the students would expectantly wait for the thermometer to register100oC although they could see that the water is already vigorously changing phase. We could definitely attribute this to the
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Science Misconceptions in the Science Classroom - Heather Simpson
Upon teaching the unit on genetics, many of my students brought up the topic of  a genetic mutation known as Alexandria's Genesis.  This mutation allows humans to be near-perfect and has become a wildly supported misconception among my students.  Social media and not-so-scientific websites have fed this craze by allowing students to fully believe anything posted by their friends or other trusted individuals.   Rather than tell my students that the mutation is only an urban le
1 Reply   |   Last on 5/22/2016 at 6:54 PM ET
Pros and Cons in the Digital Age Classroom - Heather Simpson
I had mistakenly posted this into the K-12 educators forum so I am reposting it here. A great pro could be the use of computers to perform simulations as an effective way to allow students to carry out certain laboratories without having to purchase and consume many materials for all of the students in the class.  They can also work on the simulations at their own pace.  The use of guidelines and textbook teaching strategies can be an extensive con and can remove the human characteris
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Science misconceptions - Schuster
I see one of the biggest misconceptions my students have in my Marine Science class.  Every year I do a unit on how the ocean effects weather and climate and part of the focus is on the science of global warming.  Students repeat what the see in the news and online in two major ways: 1. global warming (climate change) is not happening at all Because national media focuses on the hype more than the science it is easy for kids to believe that there is no such thing as changing climate
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Pros and Cons of ER--Lee Teevan
The greatest advantage of using ER in the classroom is that students are engaged.  They are motivated to use ER because it is a break from the usual pace of the classroom. Using the Internet allows them to become aware of the most current information on the topic and to experience the topic visually, eg. an animation of groundwater infiltration.  The greatest disadvantage is that some students will be off-task on a social media site.
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Pro/Cons of DR - schuster
The best thing about being a 1-1 school is that all of the students are issued the same computers at the start of the year so they all have the same resources available.  there is no chance for them to claim incompatability or wrong format! The biggest problem is the over reliance on the net to find answers.  the ability to use critical thinking skills is degrading as the students just want to look it up quickly.
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Pros and Cons in Using Electronic Resources
The biggest pro for the use of electronic resources is it allows the student to assume a greater role in the learning process. With digital access, the students are provided with the opportunity of learning at their own pace.  At the same time, they could further enhance their knowledge by accessing materials that might be above their current grade level. This is especially relevant to advanced students who would otherwise be held back by their peers. On the other hand, the biggest con agai
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Pros/Cons of DRs- Catina Stecz
I find that in useing digital resources my students have become less tolerant of my time.  For example I give a test and if its not graded by the end of the class they are complaining to my administration about it.  I feel there are many Pros but the biggest I feel is the wide variety of information students can access at just a moments notice.  IF I mention something in class they have looked it up within seconds and are ready to share it with the class.
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Pros and Cons Electronic resources
I feel that the biggest pro of electronic resources is that they employ visual, auditory, and kinesthetic stimulation and presentation of information, supporting and motivating students no matter what their preferred learning style.  Therefore, electronic resources are an additional tool teachers can utilize to support student learning. The biggest con with electronic resources is the time commitment required for the training needed for teachers and students in the effective use of th
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Pro and Con - Jennifer Smith
For me, the biggest pro of using digital resources is the seemingly unlimited access that it provides to science content and that it provides me with a way in which to help students view and understand concepts and activities that we do not have hands on access to in our classroom.  The biggest con is that access to online content in the classroom is not consistent and my students' access to online content outside of the classroom varies greatly.
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Pruning and watering --Andrea
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? My technology tree is budding beautifully but I need to prune and select the most effective learning tools for my students.  I have used the HHMI simulation labs (ELISA, bacterial identification) and the students find those very helpful--they allow you to make errors, just like real labs.  Then we can follow up and do an ELISA and they really get it.  One th
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Digital resources: Way to go... Oh no...
Recently I have started to use digital resources as often as I can in my classroom.  The are a tool and like a tool when the correct one is used for the appropriate task then it is effective.  When I use technology to meet my learning targets and when the appropriate software is used then I see an increase in student engagement.  The same metaphor applies with student achievement the correct technology and software needs to closely align with learning objectives. Challenges that I
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Digital resources: Way to go... Oh no...
Recently I have started to use digital resources as often as I can in my classroom.  The are a tool and like a tool when the correct one is used for the appropriate task then it is effective.  When I use technology to meet my learning targets and when the appropriate software is used then I see an increase in student engagement.  The same metaphor applies with student achievement the correct technology and software needs to closely align with learning objectives. Challenges that I
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Digital Resources - K. LaRue
As a high school science teacher who works at a school were just about all student work is completed and submited online, I have a lot of dificulty managing students use of technology.  While is wonderful not to have a lot of papers to deal with, I find it very hard to monitor their actions online throughout class. I use YouTube for classroom purpose and they use it to watch videos & games. I feel that they are often times more distracted from having so much access to all that the inter
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Classroom Digital Experience
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? I definitely find that my 6 graders are more engaged when I incorporate any type of digital resources.  I have done review games with students where they can bring their phones to complete the review quiz. We are supposed to be going 1 to 1 by next year so that would make the equity part of using technology in the classroom a lot easier.  Do you find that digital r
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Digital Use
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is?  I think it depends on the use and the class.  The same is true for anythign we do in class, if it is engagning and interesting then the students will do it and be engaged.  If it is busy work or not challanging then they will not be. Sometimes it depends on the type of students too, some will do what they are supposed to do no matter what.   Do you find t
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Digital Experience
This is the first year that our campus has decided to place a stronger emphasis in the use of technology in the classroom. The result is quite a mixture. Majority of the students were exposed to a richer learning environment, although a handful was “distracted” and overwhelmed by what the online sites could provide. As with traditional instruction, academic dishonesty is still a persistent concern. Overall, it was a positive experience and hopefully in time, the accompanying growing
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Students using Electronic resources - Stecz
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is?I feel that it depends on the electronic resource and how easy it is for the students to use that determines whether or not they are more engaged. Do you find that digital resources improve student achievement in the classroom or are they more of a distraction? Why do you think this is? I have seen a great deal of student improvement through the use of digital resources because
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Students Using Electronic Resources- Jazz E.
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? I think this is a complex question that depends largely on the teacher-student interaction and level of monitoring in the classroom.  If students are allowed to “work on an assignment” in an environment where there is minimal teacher monitoring present, I find that very rarely do students remain industrious for very long.  That being said, if you can i
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Students Using Electronic Resources Robin
The use of digital resources as a means of increasing student engagement depends both on the student and the resource.  The resource has to hook them to engage them. If there is too much reading etc. it can overwhelm them and no matter how scientifically accurate, complete and extensive it is the student will not make effective use of it. Materials applicable to the student, related to their lives and short are often the most effective. If a resource engages a student then it has
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Students and Use of Electronic Resources- Lee Teevan
I think students are more engaged when using digital resources in the classroom.  The objective of the instruction using digital resources should be clear to the students and the teacher should be available for any needed clarification. My students are at ease using computers and enjoy the break from the usual pace of the classroom lecture.  If used well, digital resources have the potential to improve student achievement.  The teacher has to make sure that the task is well-design
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Electronic Resource usage by students - Schuster
I am lucky enough to work in a 1-1 laptop school.  Bishop McLaughlin is a young (13 yrs) school that was designed to be tech based and has a small population as well (260 students).  Our students are required to complete a user agreement form each year and, for the most part, do well in following the basic protocol for computer usage.  that being said, I do find that unrestricted usage of the computers can become a large problem for many students.  The temptation to be watchi
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Students Using Electronic Resources- Arlene Ramos
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? Since this generation is into social media, the use of digital resources as a tool in the classroom has been very succesful and has most of my students engaged in the lesson. As long as the protocol for doing an online task is in place, the expectations are always met. Do you find that digital resources improve student achievement in the classroom or are they more of a distr
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Sharing Electronic Resource Experiences - Heather Simpson
I have noticed that a majority of my students perform well with activities that involve technology.  I have a class set of laptops that each of my students may use.  They feel comfortable using computers.  My digital resources are a benefit for my students since they can cover a multitude of learning preferences.  I do have a couple  of challenges with using digital resources in my classroom.  I must constantly monitor my students progress to ensure that they remain
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Students Using Electronic Resources - Smith
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is?   I work with middle school students and I have found that using digital resources is a great way to engage students in the classroom.  Students are more engaged in the classroom when I use digital resources instead of having them work on something in a textbook (I use textbooks approximately four times a year).  While they are more engaged when using digi
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Martha Ugalde's - Share Your Experience Using Electronic Resources
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? I think digital resources make for engaging and exciting science lessons/lectures.  Today’s students are much more visual and digial resources, images, videos, 3-d diagrams can not only help capture their attention but also keep them engaged in the lesson! Do you find that digital resources improve student achievement in the classroom or are they more of a dis
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Misconception: The Charlie Charlie Challenge
The most recent misconception I observed among my students is a paper-and-pencil game called Charlie Charlie Challenge. The game involves crossing two pencils to create a grid over paper with each quadrant of the paper labelled yes or no. Students ask yes/no questions to the supernatural entity named Charlie in order to get a response.   Sadly, social media influenced nearly every grade level (K-8) in my school to play this game. Students saw posts of the game on Facebook, Twitter, a
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Mars will appear bigger than the Moon
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students?   A few years ago a couple students asked me if I was going to watch Mars over the weekend. Confused I asked why. They both proceeded to tell me that it is going to be the closest to Earth in its orbit and will appear larger than the Moon. They then proceeded to show me the viral email someone forwarded them.   How do you think electronic resources foster or contribute to this science misconception?
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Misconception: Most of a plant's mass comes from water
One of the biggest misconceptions I observed from students is when I’m teaching photosynthesis. The majority of my students believe that most of the plant’s biomass comes from water. In actuality, we know that most of a plant’s biomass comes from carbon dioxide. I don’t think electronic resources have foster or contribute to this science misconception. This view stems from the notion that water is added to a plant on a continue basis and they can’t see carbon dioxid
1 Reply   |   Last on 6/18/2015 at 8:02 PM ET
Change over time
One of the biggest misconceptions my students continually have is that organisms change in order to suite their environment.  As if it is a conscious choice.  Example:  Hmmm.... That black mouse over there blends in better so the Eagle doesn't see it, I think I will be black also.  Poof!  Mouse changes from brown to black.  I am not sure that I can think of a way that electronic resources foster this misconception.  Rather, I think they have a hard time p
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Electronic Resources and Science Misconceptions
When I first read this question I instantly thought about how students think that blood is blue, which May already spoke to in her post.  Another misconception that I thought about is how students do not believe that humans are classified as animals.  For some reason every year that I teach classification I have a handful of students that refuse to believe we fall into this kingdom.  Now this misconception is not due to the internet persay, however, I think it is a teachable momen
1 Reply   |   Last on 6/18/2015 at 8:34 PM ET
Blood is Blue
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? One science misconception that I often hear about is that blood is blue.  Students seem to think, and oddly enough are even taught, that blood is blue from middle school.  Once students take my class, they are shocked to hear that this is not the case.  After having watched the ted talk called "Battling Bad Science", I find myself agreeing with the positive twist that he put on hearing about bad science
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The sun is the biggest star
The sun is the biggest star was a common misconception of my students when I taught middle level earth science.  I don't know that electronic resources necessarily fostered this belief, I think it was based on their observations.  As a teacher we talked about how things close up appear bigger than when they are far away.  I then would introduce the Hertzsprung- Russell star chart and they students would work together as a class to creat a large star graph, plotting the star accord
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Stephen's favorite misconception
The science misconception that I have the most fun with is  - "How does a Straw work?" When students use the work "suck" I stop them and ask them to explain how that happens.  It really infuriates them when I ask things like.  "Do the little 'air'  molecules or atoms hold hands and pull each other up the straw?"   It really makes them mad when I Pass a law in my classroom that since "Science Never Sucks" they can never use that word again, and then ask them to explian
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Tarla's Misconceptions
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? Unfortunately my students believe that a majority of things on the Internet are truth.  Whether the person using a 100ft water slide ramp and landing 300 feet away into a little pool, OR a person building strap-on wings and taking flight, they just believe it, because they think they are seeing it. How do you think electronic resources foster or contribute to this science misconception? All of these videos are
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A man flies with the wings he made.
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? How do you think electronic resources foster or contribute to this science misconception? What can you, as a teacher, do to correct this misconception One of my students came to me with a video of a man who had made wings and took flight.  The student and I were both amazed by this video.  As a teacher, I wanted to see the science behind this outstanding act of science!  With some investigation,
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My Pros and Cons of Electronic Resources
 Pro - Comfort in Learning: Students are most comfortable communicating through electronics. The shyest students email me often with questions about assignments, but dare not look me in the eye during class. They can mask who they are and hide behind the identity of a computer screen, while showing their interest in the lesson without being judged by their classmates. Con - Disconnect to the World: With technology becoming the leading form in communication, I believe there is a g
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Stephen's Pro's and Con's
The biggest Pro has to be how much smaller the world has become. My students  don't have to leave  thier desks to visit any biome, any country, or any research facility in the world.  Robert Peary may or may not have made it to the North Pole, but I can take my students there with a few clicks on the computer, and not even need to worry about packing a lunch.  However,  for me the biggest con is that something always goes wrong, it is often my fault, but there is also th
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Pros and Cons of Electronic Resources
One of the biggest pros of electronic resources is that it can increase the level of student engagement in the lesson. However, one of the biggest cons of electronic resources is that it can be distraction for students.  For example, instead of working on their laptop or tablet, students might be on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or checking their e-mail.
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Chelsey's pros and cons
One of the biggest pros for me is the ability to have supplemental information ready for the students.  I frequently post alternate sites and information on my website so that if a student is struggling with a concept they have the ability to look at it in another format that may help them.  It also makes it very convenient to post information for students who may be looking for more information.   As for the cons it has to be accessibilty for me.  Not all students have a co
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Pros and Cons according to Bob
Pro Provides a more robust exposure to a topic/subject utilizing the theory of multiple intelligences by Dr. Howard Gardner. Ex. Visual learners. Students come to us the teachers with varying levels of understanding and motivation. Utilizing video/visual resources such as engaging documentaries, short Youtube clips, and 3D animations can help immensely for visual learners which some researchers estimate to be 65% of the population.    Con Quality and c
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Misconceptions in Science
One misconception students in physical science often have is that students assume objects that float in water are lighter then water. They don't understand the concept of density. I don't know if digital media really helps foster this misconception, at least that I can see. One of the ways I have students confront this misconcpetion is by giving them a variety of liquids such as vegetable oil, dawn dish soap, corn syrup, honey. I ask them to make some predictions about which liquids are "lighter
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Electronic Resources: +/-
One of the great assets of the digital age is the instantaneous feedback not available in previous years. When using electronics such as activexpressions, a voting software that accompanies the activeboards, you can modify instruction as it is occuring. This formative assessment can be valuable to assess where your class is at and modify instruction. One negative aspect of this digital age is that while Activinspire is a really fun technology, it comes at a price, as most technol
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Pros and Cons of Electronic Resources
In my opinion, a pro of electronic resources would be the ability to use videos to convey content to students.  Using certain websites to show videos (such as BrainPOP or YouTube) can be valuable, especially as activators or reinforcement for content. A con of electronic resources would be internet access.  Internet connections can be unreliable.  Websites might not always be available when necessary which can interfere with the teaching of certain lessons and can be frustrating.
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Digital Resources Biggest Pro and Con
Pro: Automate some grading- If students are expected to answer questions or for quick formative assessments, you could have instant feedback on understanding and confusion, which would allow more time to re-teach instead of grading. Con: Equal access- If they school is not providing the technology, then each student will not have the same learning opportunities.
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Digital Resources
Digital resources are a key component to the success of my students not only in my classroom, but in other areas that I am essentially responsible for such as, but not limited to; Department Head, 2015 Class sponsor, Activities director, and lighting/sound in the auditorium.  There are various times throughout the day that I or my students need to access technology.  I look to my students to find information on specifics in and outside of the classroom.  My students are more engag
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My feelings about digital resources
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? Do you find that digital resources improve student achievement in the classroom or are they more of a distraction? Why do you think this is? What challenges have you experienced with using digital resources with your students?     Yes and no. Digital tools and resources do engage and distract. Electronic resources are a dime a dozen at my school. We are encour
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Digital Resources
My experiences using digital resources in the classroom is minimal. However, when I have the opportunity to implement digital resources in my classroom, my students become more engaged in the lesson. Digital resources provides me a new avenue to implement my lesson. It also allows my students the opportunity to engage in the lesson, which they rarely do in school. The students tend to have a sense of wonderment and joy using digital resources. In turn, students tend to value the learning taking
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Students Using Electronic Resources
*Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom?  Why do you think this is? I believe digital resources make my students more engaged in the classroom.  Students use certain digital resources in their everyday lives, such as Facebook and YouTube, so therefore they are acustomed to this format. Presenting content to students, for instance, using a video that relates to a specific content can catch their interest, "hook" students if you will.
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Digital Resources - The Good & The Bad
From my experience I find digital resources engage students in the classroom. I teach in an urban middle school setting, where students are obsessed with social media. Using digital resources exploits a form of communication my students are familiar with, which helps me interact with students.   Although I find digital resources engaging, I believe these resources can distract student achievement. The challenge I have experienced with digital resources is that it creates a new avenue for d
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Opportunity for HS Educators - PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators
Hi Scholars, I came across a great professional development opportunity that I believe will be great for you high school educators who have completed the LifeSciTRC Scholars Program. PBS is looking for tech-savvy K-12 teachers with a passion for using digital technology and media in their classroom for their PLBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. Here's a link to the website with more information and application instructions - http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators/ I hope you'
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Ebola outbreak on purpose - science misconceptions
I had a student post this article in class: http://www.globalresearch.ca/a-liberian-scientist-claims-the-u-s-is-responsible-for-the-ebola-outbreak-in-west-africa/5408459 I think misconceptions are a terrible harm.  In this case, a Masters-level student posted this in our ongoing digital online resource covering the Ebola outbreak.   The article quotes, "The US Department of Defense (DoD) is funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in
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Animations are great but take time to find.
Animations - they do a great job explaining difficult topics, like PCR, but the problems are finding them and then making sure that the links are up-to-date.  
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Positive experience using videos and animations
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? I think my students are always more engaged when I show a video or animation. You can see the entire class relax and look at the screen. They are 100% focused.  Do you find that digital resources improve student achievement in the classroom or are they more of a distraction? Why do you think this is? I hear positive feedback from my students that they like the videos an
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Bad Science and Misconceptions
There are many misconceptions that come up during my sports nutrition classes.  There is alot of "information" out there from people with no background in the sciences.  Especially in sports you will see people who would prefer to get their information from the guy next to them in the gym because he looks good and swears by a certain regimen.  I am constantly encouraging students to go back to original studies that are cited and determine if they get the same thoughts as the peopl
1 Reply   |   Last on 10/27/2014 at 8:40 AM ET
Science Misconceptions
I encourage my students to ask these questions on scientific misconceptions as find they are good teaching opportunities.  Each semester, I have a student ask me about hermaphroditism in humans because of the TV show South Park (Kyle's mom).  Furthermore, many students think eating too much soy makes a man homosexual.  To counter these misconceptions, I explain hermaphroditism in worms and what is and what is not known on development of sexuality and gender.  I do think posts
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Electronic Resources and Science Misconceptions
What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? There are so many.  I am currently teaching a capstone course for seniors and I am astounded by what they have put together in their heads.  I am also very concerned.  Of note, last week we were discussing evolution of homosexuality, and the comments that were made were unreal.  For example, one student thought that if a woman had too many children, her eggs were used up and then produced a hom
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Digital Resources
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? I think they support more student engagement.  I have directly assessed the impact of using Connect/Learnsmart to supplement my Human Physiology course.  Student performance significantly improved and the feedback from students has been positive for the most part.  I think this gives the low performing students additional support, if they reach for it.  
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Hww to get students to use resources independently?
I often post links to helpful sites, self quizzes on our text book site and and helpful documents to introduce topics or go into more detail. The problem I find is that most students will not use them or even look at them if they do not receive some credit for it.  Has anyone found a way to get students to use the aids available without having to motivate them with credit?
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Digital Resource in the Online Classroom
I find that digital resources greatly help in engaging my online students in science. I put a lot of time and effort into vetting the digital content that I upload and am careful to keep the number of resources to the minimum number that they need to cover the topic or chapter. I also like to use resources that are current topics (news links or videos). I want science to seem like something that is part every student's every day! I feel that digital resources can bogth improve student achieveme
1 Reply   |   Last on 10/16/2014 at 11:28 PM ET
My thoughts on electronic resources in the classroom
Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom?  Why do you think that is? As a high school teacher, I find that digital resources make my students much more engaged in the lesson.  As an example, to learn about the concepts of predator/prey relationships and carrying capacity, I had the students design an experiment using an online rabbit/wolf simulation.  In the simulation, they could change many different variables such as the repro
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Pros and Cons of Electronic Resources
I have found digital resources are incredibly useful in courses when used properly.  My students love using on-line tutorials I have made or simulations made by others/publishers.  I have actually done classroom assessments in certain classes that use the tutorials vs. ones that I do not post them.  Classroom engagement and performance does seem to improve consistently when I use them in a course!  Additionally, students consistently cite them as one of the things used in cla
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Using Electronic Resources in the Classroom
I like to use video animations so that my students can visualize the different steps in a process. The visual learners in my class have commented that this really helps them learn. I also like to use a student response app which works in the same way as clickers in exam review sessions. I tell the students to prep for the review session and test out their knowledge using our interactive exam. I felt this was useful as it highlighted to me where the common misconceptions were so we could go over
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Experiences with Digital Technology
I feel that digital resources can be very helpful with lower level students such as freshmen or sophomores.  It helps them to "see" what we are talking about particularly at the microscopic level.  Once they get beyond a certain level of understanding than I think it becomes a distraction.  They become focused on the resource and not on the information it is trying to convey.  I have been challenged with trying to find the types of digital resources that convey the material w
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Experiences with Digital Resources
My experiences with digital resources in the classroom have been generally positive. I have found that students tend to be very comfortable with technology and to engage with the material more.  For example, I use clickers in the classroom daily to provide students with opportunities to solve problems, interpret data, make predictions to various scenarios, apply the content, express an opinion on a bioethical issues, etc. I find that every student participates, not just the same ones. Stude
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Pros and Cons of Electronic Resources
What is the best thing about using electronic resources in the classroom and why? What is the worst thing about using electronic in your classroom and why? Share your experiences below.
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Scholars - Share Your Experience Using Electronic Resources
Educators have a variety of experiences with digital resources from the very good to the bad. We want to know YOUR experience in using digital resources with your students. Answer the following questions: Do you find that digital resources make your students more or less engaged in the classroom? Why do you think this is? Do you find that digital resources improve student achievement in the classroom or are they more of a distraction? Why do you think this is? What challenges have you exper
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Pros and Cons of Electronic Resources
What is the best thing about using electronic resources in the classroom and why? What is the worst thing about using electronic in your classroom and why? Share your experiences below.
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Students' Science Misconceptions
As social media and the internet grow more popular, so does the chance that students are exposed to science misconceptions (think fast-spreading Facebook posts, viral video like the Mermaid special from Animal Planet, etc.). We want to know your experience with science misconceptions among your students. Please answer the following questions: What is one science misconception that you have observed among your students? How do you think electronic resources foster or contribute to this scienc
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Further Opportunities for Professional Development
Please post any announcements you have for further professional development for Archive Scholars.
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VIsion and Change-Cores and Disciplines
no matter what is the speciality, When a Biology course is taught for undergraduate college students: Is it necessary to make the VISION and CHANGE cores/disciplines fixed for all teachers teaching the course to the extent to be adopted at the department level in the college? Or there is a right for every faculty to emphasize on selective concepts more than others?  
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