Thursday, March 5
2:45 PM-3:45 PM

Accessing nature of science concepts via podcasts and vodcasts in an elementary science methods context

Brief Paper ID: 25578
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    Kate Popejoy
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Abstract: An incredible array of podcasts is available in the sciences, from popular radio programs such as NPR’s Science Friday and the BBC’s Naked Scientists, to those sponsored by publications such as Science, Scientific American, Nature, and Cell. These podcasts can be accessed through any computer, and no mp3 player is needed. First, using a Science Friday podcast dealing with the 2007 IPCC report on global warming and climate change, preservice teachers utilize critical thinking and analysis skills as they respond to a series of questions related to this podcast. This assignment is timely and of interest, and utilizes up-to-date technology resources, which may also be adapted for use in the K-12 classroom. For a second assignment, students are presented with supposed video proof of the Coriolis Effect as demonstrated at the equator. Using web-based resources, the students determine whether these data are accurate, and then produce their own video explaining the phenomenon.

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