Web 2.0 refers to using the Web in a more interactive, and social way where students can create, share, publish and work together in collaborative groups.
Science educators have created a variety of Web 2.0 projects for students K-12. Three Web 2.0 projects are supported by this blog, and the Science-As-Inquiry Website, and are available for you to use with your students—for free.
Many of you know that one powerful way to use the Internet is to engage your students in local scientific inquiry and use the Network to enable your students to share their results with other students around the world. Many of us call this Network Science. The chart below shows the key aspects of Network Science. In this approach, your students will collect data locally (in your classroom, outdoors, or at home), post the data on Web forms that you can use with them, and then make use of data posted by students in other classrooms.
Three Web 2.0 Network Science Projects are available to you are as follows. Please find here a very brief description, followed by a link to the project at the Science as Inquiry site.
Project Green Classroom
How green is your classroom? Your school? How would you rate the environmental quality in your school? Your classroom? What kinds of observations can you make to help answer these questions? In this investigation, you will be able to conduct activities that will enable your students to answer some of these questions.
In the project, your students can share their data with other schools that participate in Project Green Classroom. The “Data Sharing” at the Green website link enables them to post the results of their research, and then they can Access Data from other schools that participated in the project.
Follow this link to Project Green Classroom.
How healthy is the air you and your students breathe? Is the air getting cleaner or not? How can you and your students measure ground-level ozone? It seems to be getting hotter. Is this good for the atmosphere, or not?
Project Ozone is an environmental investigation that engages students in monitoring ground-level ozone using the Ecobadge Monitoring System, a chemically treated paper that changes color when exposed to ozone. In the project, students also discuss the implications of the deterioration of the protective ozone shield, and what should be done to resolve the problem. They use the Project Ozone website to share data, and access data from other schools.
Follow this link to Project Ozone.
Project River Watch
Is the water in your local stream safe for fish? Is there enough oxygen in the water for fish? What kind of microorganisms live in the stream, and how can you use this information to determine the quality of water?
In this project students visit a river and describe its quality using quantitative and qualitative methods, with an emphasis on using their senses. Students develop a quality profile of their river and share their results at the Project River Watch website. Using simple equipment and some monitoring chemicals, students become investigators of a local body of water.
Follow this link to Project River Watch.
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