All across the country teachers and administrators are taking innovation into their classrooms and revolutionizing how they present materials to their students. Expanding far beyond text book lectures and standard testing, they are bringing technology to numerous aspects of their lesson plans. All of this evolving from the old school idea of technology being contained in school computer labs.
One of the most important subjects to embrace technology is the science classes. With curriculum in laboratories and teachers recognizing the value of interactive virtual programs to engage students, innovative programs are proving indisputably invaluable. The evolution has forever changed how teachers assign curriculum based projects, demonstrate core concepts and assess scholastic understanding and progress. And while no education program is completely perfect, many are on track with industry innovation, especially those who understand that studies have shown that students learn more effectively, easily and efficiently by learning through student experimentation and exploration.
So what programs are those innovative teachers and administrators using? Here is a list that EDU In Review has found to be some of the most technologically and educationally instrumental:
- Impact: Earth! was created at Purdue University to simulate how physics affects objects in outer space.
- Learn.Genetics is filled with 3D animation activities and has a site in development from the University of Utah currently called Teach.Genetics.
- NASA Education is a program sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that offers kindergarten to university level classroom activity lesson plans and videos.
- Scitable is a social networking program and science material library that the Nature Publishing Group provided free of charge that boasts podcasts and videos as well.
- Stellarium is a program that becomes a virtual planetarium, the ideal astronomy curriculum aid.
- Teach the Earth is a visual aid for education of oceanography, geography and geology.
- The ChemCollective is a virtual laboratory program that is funded by the National Science Foundation that Science Magazine recognized as their Science Prize for Online Resources in Education.
- The Concord Consortium develops various math, engineering and science curriculum based software programs that are free because the company is a non-profit organization.
- The Periodic Table of Videos which is also available in a non-YouTube version for schools that have internet block programs or filters.
- YouTube a website where users can upload videos that they have created or found online, teachers have found that sometimes a video clip is just the short visual aid students need to fully grasp a complex concept. Teachers are also a fan of YouTube videos because demonstrations watched online are often less dangerous than attempting a laboratory experiment in a classroom. Spin offs of the website for educational purposes include SchoolTube and TeacherTube.