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Using Digital Resources to Create the Ultimate K-2 Science Lesson

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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, November 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jenna Mercury  
K-2 science shouldn’t make you feel like you are spinning out of control! Come see how science can be successful when taught in a digital format. Walk away realizing that even though classrooms may be chaotic, a digital minute (or five!) can lead to a mastery of science concepts!

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees should BTOD (any computer or tablet). Only an updated browser and WiFi is necessary. All attendees will be provided with accounts.
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, Science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The concern:
K-2 educations are not adding enough science content to their day (especially critical thinking skills)
Using digitally delivered solutions like Science4Us can provide simple and fast lessons that follow ISTE and state science standards
Educators will learn like students and then design their own lesson plans
Lesson Plans/Activities:
Educators will be given an opportunity to dive deep into fun and engaging science investigations for K-2 students using Science4Us
Educators will walk away with specific lessons they can use immediately with their students!


Content and activities:
Educators will experience a set of virtual investigations just like their students would and use critical thinking and problem solving skills to communicate results.
Time: This session can be 60 minutes to 90 minutes in total, so educators will have ample time to learn the virtual investigation skills and then navigate how easy it is to implement the lessons themselves.
Well, I cannot give away all my secrets, but I am a student at heart, so as Dave Burgess says, "If your students [ISTE attendees] did not have to be there, would you be teaching to an empty room?" I hope not! My passion always seems to put on a great "show!"

Supporting research

This presentation will share information from several studies including, but not limited to McRel (Denver), University of California-Irving, Pennsylvania State University, National Center for Education Statistics, National Geographic Learning, North Carolina State University. Statements also provided by Broward County Public School (Florida) Title 1 School Principals, Coaches and Teachers.

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Jenna Mercury, ExploreLearning

Jenna received her M.S.S.Ed. (K-8) from Lesley University. She's dedicated over 15 years of teaching science in the classroom. Currently she develops curriculum, maps out standard alignments, designs and implements PD experiences for educators, attends and presents at conferences and loves learning on social media. She moderates the #K2SciChat, is a solid believer that #K2CanToo and hosts monthly vlogcasts properly titled, #K2CarpetCulture. She has presented topics ranging from literacy to social media to science at FETC, TCEA, Superior Tech 4 Teachers and last year was honored to share an ISTE Ignite talk.

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