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Content Tech: 8th Grade Science

Science exams are full of diagrams and models, and terminology associated with them. Following are 2 examples from the 2008 8th grade science exam (click each image to enlarge):

Marzano’s work in Building Academic Vocabulary certainly would be helpful in these examples, as the distractors are set up to trick students who might confuse circulation/respiration or refraction/reflection. How might technology help?

No Tech
Students maintain vocabulary notebook ala Marzano, including their own diagrams of examples of science terms and processes.

Some Tech
Using interactive whiteboard, students create pictures which are saved and shared electronically with the class.

Total Tech
Using drawing software, students create pictures which are saved and posted to a class wiki where they are organized to highlight exemplary samples by individual students.

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