As future teachers we strive to provide our students with lessons and knowledge that will stay with them for years to come. We know that the best way to accomplish this is not through standing at the front of the class and pointing at a projection while students scribble down notes. Unfortunately, we also know that other methods cost a pretty coin and the salary of a teacher isn’t very deep. Therefore as teachers we must come up with methods that don’t take away our eating money.
1. PhET Simulations
PhET is a free online simulation that focuses on displaying examples of various science and math concepts. It is provided for by the University of Colorado Boulder and includes over 158 simulations that can be utilized by students with the classroom or on their own at home. The programs allow various scenarios that allows the viewer to control and change different variables, to which it displays the outcome. Follow the link below to arrive in a simulation that allows students to play with variables to understand how mass and volume are connected to keep objects afloat!
This and other simulations can easily be found to make your classroom more engaging just follow the link below!
Everyone knows about youtube. We fill our days with funny videos of cats, clips of our favorite youtube stars, or to listen to our favorite fan theories. No one ever stops to think about all the educational videos that lie wherein. Plenty of creators seek fame on the internet and some even try to teach you while they’re doing it.
As seen above Hank Green is a youtube content creator with a channel titled crash course that strives to help people gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. While Hank is busy putting out content you can gain access to other creators that upload old school videos of everyone’s favorite, Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Videos like these can be found all over youtube that can help our students master their understanding of educational topics.
3. Virtual Tours
Something that teachers may not consider are virtual tours! No need to send home permission slips and make sure everyone has their packed lunch. With these tours you can take students to the southern reaches of Alaska in Katmai National Park or over to the Statue of Liberty.
There’s plenty of places that you can visit straight from your classroom with the simple push of this link: https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/take-virtual-visit-national-park
Teachers may recycle their lesson plans from year to year, but now they can get their students in on the action by bringing in discarded items from home to put towards those lessons. By bringing in items that have no further use we can teach students the importance of recycling while giving them the opportunity to build some cool things. That’s exactly what the website little bins little hands helps accomplish. They have activities related to art or stem while even making them seasonal focused.
Find their website here: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/recycled-stem-activities-challenges-for-kids/
Now we all know that everyone enjoys music and with one of the top websites being Spotify, there can be a way to reach students on a fun and engaging level. Podcasts allow opportunities for students to broaden their scientific vocabulary and get them involved with current events going on in the scientific community. As stated there are plenty of podcasts out there such as Startalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson, 60-Second Science, and Stuff to Blow Your Mind on iheart.com. These are all great examples of activities you could do with your students to get them engaged in the classroom. While another great site that connects science in the classroom to current events would be Scientific American where they not only have podcasts but also amazing articles about the ongoings of the scientific world. Check out the links below!
These are wonderful ways to keep your students engaged in the classroom without breaking the bank. Don’t be afraid to search for your own low cost activities and find your favorite podcasts today!