San Lorenzo High School was one of a select group of schools nationwide to be awarded the Innovations in Education technology grant through HP and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) which was used to support the development of a multi-grade, cross-disciplinary project that engaged students in the scientific process from the conception of an original research project all the way through to a public presentation of findings.
Science 2.0: Using Technology to Create a Community Science Night
All ninth and tenth graders participated in a Community Science Night where they were able to present their research to other students, parents, administrators and other members of the community. Students created screencasts using Jing (Sample 1 and Sample 2), movies using iMovie, PowerPoint presentations and professional quality posters (Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3) that were presented at a Community Science Night on May 25th 2010.
By involving students in genuine scientific investigation and publishing their results to a large community audience, we hope to help them develop their voice and confidence as scientists.
A team of teachers and administrators flew to Houston in August to meet with award recipients from all over the United States and Canada, to kick off this exciting project.
The team worked with mentors and other school teams to develop an ambitious plan for implementation and evaluation of the project. The event gave the team opportunities to get more familiar with the new technology provided by the grant, which includes:
- Tablet PCs for teachers and students
- Mini-note computers
- DyKnow software
Taking a break from work are (left to right) team members Jesse Isaacs (Science Department Chair), Julie Edwards (Green Academy Coordinator) and Andrew Vavuris (Assistant Principal).