ERIC Number: ED469626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
K-12 Instruction in the United States: Integrating National Standards for Science and Writing through Emerging Technologies.
Norman, Kathy I.; Hayden Katherine L.
The objective of this paper is to show how science, writing and technology can be successfully integrated to maximize learning for all students. A recent research study infusing the writing process into hands on science lessons will be discussed, along with recommendations on the use of technology to support instruction in the areas of science and writing. Technology will be presented both as an extension of science through the use of Science-Technology-Society investigations and as a tool for teaching and learning. Strategies for supporting all learners in science, writing and technology will be emphasized. An overview of the state of technology today in the United States will be presented, as well as the U.S. National Educational Standards for Science, Writing and Technology. Technologies support learning in a variety of ways. The connecting of U.S. classrooms to the Internet and expansion of numbers of computers accessible by students and teachers has led to increased access to information, online learning environments and tools to support collaboration and communication. Word processing and desktop publishing have made writing engaging and easy to edit, and students publish professional looking products. The development of digital technology has expanded the use of video, photography and simulations supporting active learning environments. These emerging technologies address multiple learning styles and active participation leading to knowledge construction and increased understanding of science. Other technologies such as videoconferencing and virtual environments are leading to new thinking about how students can connect to experts, peers, and teachers. The authors will describe examples of how technology, science and writing have been used in effective learning environments in K-12 education. These examples can be modified to fit the specific needs of teachers and learners. The researchers are currently implementing science model projects that are included in the presentation. (Author/YDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Rethinking Science and Technology Education To Meet the Demands of Future Generations in a Changing World. International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE) Symposium Proceedings (10th, Foz do Iguacu, Parana, Brazil, July 28-August 2, 2002). Volumes I [and] II; see SE 066 752.