Notes from Janice’s Desk
Q. In general, how has the teaching of science changed over the years?
A. Only a short time ago, science was taught using a lecture format. That is, teachers told kids why something happened and kids basically read science books and answered questions.
Today, science is taught via more hands-on investigations. Advances in technology have brought the world into the classroom. For example, using computers students can program a telescope miles away to take pictures of a star during the night while they sleep. The next day the information can be downloaded and the star analyzed. Of course this system is not available for everyone, but most schools have computer programs for math and science which makes learning more of a game than a chore.
I took an online class from PBWORKS and am now wacky over wikis. One of classmates, who teaches in another country invited me to observe his classroom wiki. One thought led to another and have answered some of his students questions by directly writing the answers on their wiki. You can view the wiki that I am working on at: http://jvcscienceisfun.pbworks.com
Science fair projects have become a part of the curriculum for kids starting in kindergarten in some schools. A science fair project not only provides science training but techniques for problem solving in ones daily life.