Vygotskian Viewpoint:
Technology & Constructivism in the 
Science Classroom

 

The following links support the constructivist science classroom.

Primary

  • Rocks & Minerals Research Page
    This group of sites can be used by students to research about rocks & minerals. Pictures of student performing various tests are included.

  • Miami Museum of Science-The pH Factor/Constructivism and the Five E's 
    Using the instructional model called the "Seven Es," investigations and activities are included under the headings of each E. They are presented to be taught either in sequence or independently, at the teacher's discretion. Each investigation is designed to stand on its own and be introduced when deemed appropriate.

  • Thinking Fountain: Noodle
    Students are asked to design and construct a structure out of spaghetti and marshmallows. Using various brands of spaghetti will add a higher level of questioning possibility. 

  • The World Weather Watch Project 
    Students in different climatic zones exchange specific weather information which is posted on the World Weather Watch Automated Results page so teachers and students can do global comparisons.

  • The Franklin Institute
    The Franklin Institute Online never closes. Visit our Online Exhibits anytime, and stay as long as you like. Wander into any exhibit you find interesting, and follow any path: weather, the heart, and special attractions.

  • Creepy Crawlies
    This webquest has Kindergarteners studying insects.

  • Weather Watchers
    This webquest has students involved in learning about weather.

  • A Non-Example
    This site would be considered a non-example of constructivist learning in action.


Middle

  • WhaleNet
    This project, in conjunction with research groups, educational organizations, and whale watch companies, provides a program to enhance the educational opportunities of students. It offers students and teachers curriculum resources and support, a source of data for interdisciplinary classroom activities, and interactive informational support through WhaleNet utilizing telecommunications. This project established Internet communication between researchers and students from around the world so that they can share and use research data, collaborative learning, and personal field experiences to enhance their education and interest in science. 

  • The Great Paper Airplane Challenge
    TEAMS looked for the farthest flying airplanes throughout the nation -- the best from each class! Students send in the written directions (diagrams are acceptable) for folding their airplane so it could be built for the "fly-off." 

  • The Great Stain Remover Hunt 
    Students make stains on a white cloth, then ask the advice of parents, grandparents, the local cleaners, or other community members about how to remove the stains. The stain removers are tested on the stained cloth and rated in regards to how effective the stain remover was in getting rid of the stain. 

  • The Sensational Soil Sampling Project 
    Compare your local soil characteristics with those of other students across the U.S. Is your soil sandy or mostly clay? Is there a lot of organic material in your soil? What patterns do you think will emerge when we compare soil samples across the nation? Join this project to find out.

  • The Franklin Institute
    The Franklin Institute Online never closes. Visit our Online Exhibits anytime, and stay as long as you like. Wander into any exhibit you find interesting, and follow any path: weather, the heart, and special attractions.

 

Midwestern State University
West College of Education
Updated: April 2004