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ERIC Number: EJ1175695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
A Dazzling Journey to an Aquarium Ecosystem
Bucci, Karen
Science and Children, v55 n6 p49-53 Feb 2018
In this article, Karen Bucci describes how she incorporated her iPad with the wireless SmartScope iGO microscope and Wi-Viewer app to teach her fourth-grade class the science module "Ecosystems" by National Science Resources Center's Science and Technology for Children (STC) (1996, 2005). A main idea in the unit is the importance of animals, plants, and nonliving elements in a habitat. Students build a model aquatic ecosystem to study and observe the relationships that exist between organisms and nonliving parts in larger ecosystems. Using her iPad, Smartscope iGO microscope, and Wi-Viewer app she was able to give her students a closer look at their aquarium animals. These technological tools heightened students' understanding of the parts of a pond snail and their functions in its environment. Using technology in this capacity demonstrates how it has become an important part of education--its use in the classroom has developed from novelty to an invaluable method to present content information (Kenney 2011). When viewing pond snails through the WiViewer app, students saw, close-up, structures necessary for their survival and function of the ecosystem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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