Projecting Science Into the Classroom Tying together what technology and assets we have is a necessity in the fourth grade at Moore Magnet School. To be able to present an exciting science curriculum to our fourth graders is crucial. A projector is the missing puzzle piece. As state testing for science looms in our future, it is imperative that students grasp objectives quicker and with a presentation that promotes active engagement. We have access to a document camera which not only makes written materials from the STC kits more accurate than transparencies, but also allows for whole group observation of more detailed visuals of new procedures. Connecting Fahnstock clips to wires to create complete circuits and demonstrating streak tests on tiles using rocks and minerals are two exciting examples of ways we could improve instruction using a projector. Keeping the attention of ten year olds is a lofty goal in itself and would improve dramatically with easily visible information. We could also use the CPS unit (Classroom Performance System) more frequently to perform interactive checkups on knowledge attained. Using this system allows for immediate feedback not only in showing weak areas but also in highlighting strengths. Teachable moments occur frequently while using CPS. The students love using the remotes to respond to the multiple-choice questions (what fourth grader wouldn't!). However, using these exciting technological assets is limited by the availability of a projector. The third, fourth, and fifth grade (approximately 300 students and eleven teachers) share a projector. Our schedules are relatively rigid-we all teach the same subjects at the same time-so it is hard to access the projector and avoid overlapping schedules. This projector would free the fourth grade from tedious scheduling hurdles and allow our three teachers and approximately ninety students to ?project? our science knowledge at will. All of the teachers on our team are certified to teach using the STC kits. Our classrooms are situated right next to each other so the projector could be shared with ease. A projector would allow our science curriculum to be ?projected? in a forward direction!
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|Apollo Multimedia Projector Cart, 35quotH x 24quotW x 18quotD, Black • Office Depot Inc.||$152.99||1||$152.99|
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