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Say Yes! to Online Science Labs

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Isabel Bustindui  
Marina Fairchild  
Santiago Rosales Melo  
Diego Stebelski  
Natalia Huerta Ávila  
Fátima Avendaño Casas  
ROSA ESTRADA  
Elisa Huerta Ávila  

Students show and explain different science laboratory practices that can be carried out in online classes, using tech tools, apps and household materials that replace the ones used in the lab. They will demonstrate how learning science through online practice is as significant and meaningful as face-to-face learning.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Designer
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
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.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose:
Students participate in the design and execution of science lab practices in online environments investigating different Science topics, designing the practices and experiments, and choosing the resources, apps and simulators that better adapt and support the application of Science concepts in diverse contexts, such as Science Journal, Khan Academy, Decibel X, Smart Tools, Tape Measure, Conversor, PhET, The Elements, among other tools.
Objectives:
° Let students play an active role in their learning process.
° Provide students more options about how to work and how to express their own learning.
° Develop scientific reasoning abilities by thinking "out-of-the-box" to design and carry out new assignments.
° Strengthen teamwork abilites sharing responsibilities, listening to others' opinions, considering everybody's ideas, and working together to achieve a shared goal and create fun and significant lab practices.
° Boost students' confidence in developing problem solving skills.
° Foster engagement, motivation, and responsibility by letting students make decisions about the design and tech tools used in the science lab practice.
° Communicate in Spanish and English (second language) to explain the purpose of their presentation and tech tools used for this project.

Supporting research

PhEt: https://phet.colorado.edu/es/
The Physics Classroom: https://www.physicsclassroom.com/
Walter Fendt: https://www.walter-fendt.de/html5/phes/

Duban, N., Aydoğdu, B. & Yüksel, A. (2019). Classroom Teachers' Opinions on Science Laboratory Practices. Universal Journal of Educational Research 7(3): 772-780. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.070317

Loike, J. & Stoltz-Loike, M. (2020). How to Rethink Science Lab Classes. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/04/08/five-objectives-online-science-labs-lend-themselves-virtual-teaching-opinion

OLC. (2019). Online Science Labs: The Best Way to Learn Science is to Do Science. Retrieved from https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/online-science-labs-the-best-way-to-learn-science-is-to-do-science/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIise6xOSZ7AIVAY_ICh2w7gUhEAAYAyAAEgJrbfD_BwE

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Presenters

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Isabel Bustindui, Oxford School
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Marina Fairchild, Oxford School
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Santiago Rosales Melo, Oxford School
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Diego Stebelski, Oxford School
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Natalia Huerta Ávila, Oxford School
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Fátima Avendaño Casas, Oxford School
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ROSA ESTRADA, Oxford School
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Elisa Huerta Ávila, Oxford School

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