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Empowering students through technology-based teaching tools

Empowering students through technology-based teaching tools

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I am a high school science teacher from the Philippines. I came across this site in search of an answer to a course project and got hooked with all the content this has to offer. The blogs, articles and discussions have made me realize the need to reinvent my teaching ways and empower my students to learn more actively. I would be happy to know and learn more about technology-integration and assistive technology for classroom use. Any suggestions on which software or websites are good for use in the classroom?

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Lina Raffaelli's picture
Lina Raffaelli
Former Community Engagement Intern at Edutopia

Hi Ms. Flora. First of all, welcome to the Edutopia Community :) We're very happy to hear that you're finding our site useful, and that it's invigorating your teaching methods!

If you haven't already, you should peruse our resource pages for Assistive Technology ( It's chock-full of interesting articles and helpful resources to get you started. Hope others can add their insight for more outside resources and programs. Best of luck!

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
Maker Educator, Google Certified Innovator, Dreamer, Doer. Learning experience designer, workshop leader/speaker, author. Stanford #Fablearn Fellow. #GoogleEI

Hi MsFlora30, and welcome to the community!

There is so much great material out there it's easy to get overwhelmed. So, take it slow!

Before I offer any detailed advice though, tell us about your classes and students. What grade levels and subjects within the realm of high school science? And, why the interest in assistive tech? Your answers will help us assist you!

Best, kj

msflora30's picture

Hi sir! I have been a Physics teacher for more than 15 years and this is the last year of our curriculum to offer Physics to 4th year high school (Grade 10 equivalent). Next school year, we will be under the K to 12 program where physics majors like me will be teaching under the spiral progression approach in Science. That's why I see the need to equip myself not just with subject content but also with updated teaching tools and strategies as early as possible.

I used to handle the honors class and has now shifted to working on academically-challenged students who needs more relevant and interesting learning. I am not sure yet, but I have a feeling that technology-based instruction would suit them if only we will be given a chance to maximize these resources in our school. I will surely need some directions on how to go about them.

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
Maker Educator, Google Certified Innovator, Dreamer, Doer. Learning experience designer, workshop leader/speaker, author. Stanford #Fablearn Fellow. #GoogleEI

Hi again! I applaud your self-starting go-getter take-charge approach but have to ask: what resources, preparation or other support is your district planning to provide?

Assuming the answer is "not much," I'm going to suggest you get connected and QUICKLY to fellow science educators - some of which may chime in on this thread - but in case they don't, there are some other communities worth checking out in this wonderful post by Edutopia blogger Eric Brunsell:

Of the ones listed, I recommend you start with:

Edmodo's Science Community:

The NSTA Learning Center:

This also looks promising (but was not on Eric's list):

That should get you started. You'll want to post something like you did here, but before you do, surf each community in detail to see which one 'fits' you best. I'd look at the number of active topics and the 'tone' of the postings.

In the meantime, perhaps some other physics educators will chime in here!

Best, kj

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