Waukesha Summer Academy
Learning in the 21st Century
This page outlines the basic components of our 21st Century hybrid model for learning
middle school science. Students get all of the benefits of group discussion, hands on lab activities, teacher demonstrations, electronic portfolios, computer simulations and other online content. Most importantly they are free to work at their own pace, to guide their own learning through online formative assessment and to demonstrate what they have learned through summative assessment and electronic portfolio. Keep in mind we have only just begun and expect many changes and additions in the future.
Check out the topics and links below and experience 21st Centrury learning through both the eyes of a student and those of a teacher!
Jim Gonyo and Lee Hansen
Each unit of 8th grade science is divided into modules. Begin on the home page and select a unit (Scientific Method, Human Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Robotics, CSI). Work through parts of any of these modules or just survey the entire course. Some labs are set up for you to try (ask which ones are available today). You will also find a variety of activities to build background content and knowledge (Brain Pop, Yenka, Gizmos, PHET simulations, and more).
Note: Brain Pop, Gizmo, and Yenka require a paid subscription to use with your students. You can try them all today keeping the following in mind.
Brain Pop - contact your media specialist for a username and password
Yenka - click directly from the pages of this website as long as you are using a computer from the 4th floor (they have the Yenka plugin installed)
Gizmo - you will need to enroll in one of the temporary classes we have set up with a variety of sample Gizmos to try. Just follow the steps below. You can also set up your own 30 day trial and see the world of Gizmos from an instructor's viewpoint (see step 3 below).
Step 1: Enroll in a Gizmo course. Enter one of these class codes (see your teacher for a class code).
Step 2: Create an explore learning account (follow online instructions).
Step 3: To set up a 30 day trial, Go to the Gizmo home page and follow their instructions.
Students use Weebly for education to create a website portfolio of their work. They can include completed worksheets (forms filled in online), lab sheets, screen clippings from websites and even videos of experiments taken from your netbook camera. Weebly for education allows a teacher to set up their students in classes for easy viewing and control of student sites.
Check out the following links for some website portfolios our students have made (ask us for the password):
carmenchadwick.weebly.com hannahsonnentag.weebly.com jurneemaescience.weebly.com daveschaack.weebly.com
We currently use Quizstar for student assessment. It is not ideal but it is available and it is free. We have set up a class for you to view and take a few formative and summative assessments in Chemistry and Physics. You will notice how they correlate directly to the modules in our curriculum. You can also set up your own class and write your own assessments. Just follow the steps below.
Step 1: Sign up; go to Quizstar and click the "Sign Up" arrow. Enter your student information and click "Register". This is only temporary so your
Username and Password can be whatever you want as long as it has not aleady been taken.
Step 2: Enroll in a class. Click the "click here to search for a new class" link and select "Teacher's Name" from the drop down menu and type "gonyo" in the
box. Click "exact match" to begin the search. Now select "Waukesha Summer Academy" and click "register". Note: it is the only public class on
the list which means anyone can join (just click on the 'classes' tab).
Step 3: If you want to set up your own classes, write your own assessments and view reports, go back to the quizstar main page and follow the instructions.
Setting up your online course
To give access to your curriculum to your students you need to find a way to put it online so students can access it from school and from home. Here are some suggestions:
Blackboard 9 - Blackboard is paid for and supported by SDW and allows you to put your curriculum online.
Contact Brain Yearling or Wendy Liska for more information.
Build your own website - The following links will give you ideas for making your own website. We have not looked
into them in detail but on the surface they seem to be worth checking out. Keep in mind that some are free and some
require payment (most are very affordable). Also, some are completely online while others require the purchase of
software to build the site and a hosting service (the software gives you more control but will have a higher learning curve).
Myscience8.com is made with WYSIWIG Webbuilder and hosted on Lunarpages.
TeacherWeb - click here for examples of real teacher sites using TeacherWeb ($39 per year)
K12 Lesson Plans
Free Technology for Teachers - a listing of 8 different web building sources.
Web Builder Review
Website Creation Software Review
Lately, we have been placing assessments on a separate WEEBLY website that we password protect. Ask us what today's password is if you would like to look at some of the latest assessments in Human Biology. The site can be found at http://science8assessments.weebly.com.
Weebly for education Weebly for education allows a teacher to set up their students in classes for easy
viewing and control of student sites. A teacher can also make their own site with
the same account.
A Quick Tour of myscience8.com
Learning in the 21st Century
Note: This tour video was made for free with Screencast-O-Matic