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Davey, Sandy; Smith, Walter S.; Merrill, Chris – Technology Teacher, 2009
Educators can connect their students internationally in meaningful activities that address multiple teaching standards that are of concern to educators, parents, and the public worldwide. In this article, the authors describe a project wherein Australian Year 7 students made an "Edible Lunar Vehicle" (ELV) together with U.S. college students. The…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Technological Literacy, Grade 6
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Smith, Walter S.; Cheon, Jongpil; Jabri, Faiza; Reynolds, Stephen; Zebedi, Amira – Educational Research and Reviews, 2012
This study investigated the effect on children's science understanding of Internet-based instruction in which children from around the world in grades 4 to 8 observed the Moon for several weeks and then shared their lunar data internationally to find global patterns in the Moon's behavior. Students in two American and one Australian class took the…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Foreign Countries, Internet, Science Instruction
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Smith, Walter S. – Science Scope, 2003
Engages middle school students and preservice teachers in a long-term (16 weeks) investigation of the moon and provides an opportunity to share, via the internet, their observations with other students around the world. Explains the design of the study including multicultural connections, student observations, internet discussions, and…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Earth Science, Global Approach
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Willmore, Sandra; Smith, Walter S. – Science and Children, 2006
What Australia, Alaska, Qatar, Indiana, and Ohio have in common is the authentic writing More Observations Of Nature (MOON) project. In this unique project, teachers from these disparate geographic locations teamed up to instruct children in grades four through eight via the internet on a nearly universally challenging subject for teachers in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Wilhelm, Jennifer Anne; Smith, Walter S.; Walters, Kendra L.; Sherrod, Sonya E.; Mulholland, Judith – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
Pre-service teachers from Texas and Indiana in the United States and from Queensland, Australia, observed the Moon for a semester and compared and contrasted their findings in asynchronous Internet discussion groups. The 188 pre-service teachers were required to conduct inquiry investigations for their methods coursework which included an initial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Discussion Groups, Internet
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Smith, Walter S.; Gould, Suzanne M.; Jones, James A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2004
In contrast with statements by institutions and science organizations about why science should be studied, nonscience majors at two-and four-year institutions said they were enrolled in a science course because it was required rather than because it would help them get the job they desired or would enrich them personally. (Contains 2 tables and 5…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Science Education, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes
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Smith, Walter S.; Campbell, Mark E.; Hoopingarner, Aaron L. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2004
To immerse high school students in inquiry, as advocated by the National Science Education Standards (1996), and to take advantage of the Internet's power, students are engaged in a computer data-mining exercise to solve real science problems. After formulating their research question, students scour the Internet to locate raw data they can…
Descriptors: Internet, High School Students, Inquiry, Data Analysis
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Miller, Nola; Smith, Walter S. – Technology Teacher, 1999
Describes an elementary school project--a "leprechaun trap"--that included elements of technology, science, language arts, and problem solving. Discusses how technology education is helping the Taos Pueblo community build bridges between its past and modern technologies. (JOW)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Grade 3, Language Arts, Problem Solving
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Smith, Walter S. – Science Teacher, 1998
On the Fajada Butte in New Mexico, 11th-century Anasazi constructed a site that marks the high and low points of the orbits of the sun and the moon. This unit on astronomy challenges students to think differently about the moon and about the ability of native people to understand the natural world. Includes resources for further study. (PVD)
Descriptors: American Indian Studies, Astronomy, Consciousness Raising, Epistemology
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Welton, Evonn N.; Smith, Walter S.; Owens, Katharine D.; Adrian, Michael G. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2000
Describes the infusion of hands-on science into a classroom for children with emotional/behavioral disabilities. The abundance of age-appropriate science materials in this classroom contrasts with more typical, unadorned rooms designed to minimize temptation. Carefully organized lessons engage students in what they perceive to be real science,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Smith, Walter S. – School Science and Mathematics, 1980
Teachers at the middle school level not only teach content but also counsel students concerning student problems. Both tasks can be accomplished by bringing into the classroom community resource people who can concretely demonstrate the utility of learning science and math and who can help students gain information about careers. (DS)
Descriptors: Career Education, Career Exploration, Community Resources, Elementary Secondary Education
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Smith, Walter S. – Teacher Educator, 1978
The integration of instruction on sex role stereotyping into an elementary social studies teaching methodology course is described. The course resulted in students producing nonsexist lessons, as well as achieving the usual methodology goals of the course. (JMF)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Methods Courses, Methods Research, Sex Role
Smith, Walter S. – 1978
Twelve instructional modules for Project BECOMING were administered to an undergraduate class of elementary education majors as part of their social studies methods course, in order to promote sex blindness, prevent sex-role stereotyping, and develop teachers who were supportive of students trying out new roles. The modules included: Values…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Curriculum Evaluation, Education Majors, Elementary School Teachers
Smith, Walter S. – 1978
This paper is concerned with the need for science teachers to encourage women students to pursue professional science careers. It presents five hypotheses that are often assumed about women and counters with five strategies that can be used. These are: (1) Deficiency hypothesis/Remediation strategy; (2) Unfeminine career hypothesis/Career selling…
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Career Opportunities, Career Planning
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Smith, Walter S. – Science and Children, 1983
Suggests systematically exposing early adolescents/middle school students to community people who use science in their work to demonstrate the value of science/mathematics study. Discusses activities related to classroom visits of resource personnel, sources of resource people, and Career Oriented Modules to Explore Topics in Science for grades…
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Resources
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