uses the Web-based Inquiry for Learning Science (WBI) instrument with
preservice elementary and secondary science teachers in science methods
courses to enhance their understanding of Web-based scientific inquiry.
The WBI instrument is designed to help teachers identify Web-based
inquiry activities for learning science and classify those activities
along a continuum from learner directed to materials directed for
each of the five essential features of inquiry, as described in Inquiry
and the National Science Education Standards. Implementations
of WBI analysis activities in preservice science methods courses are
Fieldtrip of Alabama Landmarks project in the secondary social
studies methods block at the University of Alabama requires preservice
teachers to produce "Historical Fieldtrips." Developing
this project allows the preservice teachers to learn digital editing;
thus, they are learning an important technology skill while learning
specific content. Using video streaming technologies, the videos are
also streamed for Alabama teachers to access and integrate into their
social studies curriculum.
science methods course uses technology to teach science content (integrated
with pedagogy) and to increase the student-centered atmosphere of
the classroom. He has also created a complete online distance education
science methods course for lateral entry teachers. Course requirements
dictate that during their student teaching experiences his preservice
teachers use electronic presentations of content, and their students
conduct investigations on the Internet.
helps preservice elementary and middle school teachers learn about
and use computer modeling and simulation software for their own science
learning and teaching within her one-semester undergraduate elementary
science methods course. Student teachers use computer models in their
own learning of science and some in their own teaching of science.
Her goal is for student teachers to understand some of the powerful
uses computer technology can play in teaching and learning science
and how to evaluate pedagogical computer software tools and integrate
these tools into their teaching.