- How can a science lesson be made more student-centered?
- What strategies can be used to help students be more engaged?
- How can technology play a role as an important tool in the learning process?
By the end of this session you will be able to:
- Understand how TPACK strategies can be used in the science classroom
- Identify the key components of the 5Es instructional model
- Select appropriate digital tools for each stage of the 5E instructional model
A valuable pedagogical approach is the 5E Instructional Model.
The five phases of the Learning Cycle as proposed by the National Science Education Standards can be integrated into the '5E' Instructional model as follows:
PEDAGOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
Students become engaged in the process of scientific inquiry. The teacher can ask questions to find out what students already know, or think they know, about the topic and concepts to be covered. These questions typically start with "how" instead of with "why.”
Students decide what makes questions scientifically testable. Students gain a common set of experiences upon which to begin building their understanding.
Task: To use the PhET simulation to explain how DC Circuits work: AC/DC Not the Band!
Students acquire opportunities to connect their previous experiences with current learning and to make conceptual sense of the main ideas of the topic being studied. This stage also allows for the introduction of formal language, scientific terms, and content information that might make students’ previous experiences easier to describe.
The teacher acts as a facilitator that explains concepts and addresses misconceptions.
Hippocampus: Biology, Physics, Environmental Science
Students apply or extend previously introduced concepts and experiences to new situations.
Students apply their knowledge to real world applications.
Exemplary Projects for Project-Based Learning (PBL)
How Stuff Works
Problem-Based Learning in Biology: 20 Case Examples
Digital tools: Class wiki, social bookmarking
Students, with their teachers, review and assess what they have learned and how they have learned it.
Students can write a reflection or be given a summative assessment to demonstrate what they know and can do.
Digital and Non-Digital Resources
Demonstrating Understanding and Skill
Checking for Understanding and Encouraging Metacognition
Scientific Abilities Rubrics
CONTENT, PEDAGOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
Putting it all together with the 4 major content areas:
The Flipped Classroom
The 5E Instructional model :