In order for students to have successful careers, classrooms need to promote collaboration and technology. One way for educators to do this is by giving students quality essential questions that they can create hypotheses and test. When students generate and test hypotheses, they enhance their overall understanding of the content (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007, p. 203).
In my own classroom, we typically hypothesize during our science units, but now I will incorporate technology. Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works is a wonderful resource that is packed full of resources that make using technology with your students a synch. Before the years ends I would like to have my students create their own essential question and collect data to help them answer it. I teach a unit on data and probability which allows me time to utilize some of these new online sources I know about without steering too far off of the time allotted to complete certain units. Microsoft Excel is a little challenging, so I plan to have my students use www.surveymonkey.com to collect their data. This site will graph results for my students, which will allow them more time to analyze their results.
According to (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007, p. 203), there are six tasks that teachers can use to help students generate and test hypotheses; systems analysis, problem solving, historical investigation, invention, experimental inquiry, and decision making. My students generally use experimental inquiry, but I would like to offer the opportunity for them to engage in more problem solving projects to encourage more dialog that connect to real world problems. Overall, I am very excited to use these new data collecting tools because they are more efficient allowing more time for students to collaborate and create less opportunity for error.
Pitler, H., Hubbell, E. R., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works. Denver, Co.: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.