Teacher Review For Science Journal

Onboard sensors in your phone or tablet ofter tons of potential for authentic science learning.

August D.
Classroom teacher
Ridgewood Elementary School
Eureka, CA
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I love what Google has done with Science Journal- Taking sensors already present in Android devices and made them available to collect data. I can imagine a lot of creative mini student science projects created as a result of having little more than a light sensor. For instance- Ask students to research how light levels can affect learning and then set them loose on the campus to record lumen levels in different locations, followed by a presentation of findings. Not quite cutting edge science, but most definitely a real-world application of data collection and analysis.
My Take
Although the true potential for student learning will come at the hands of middle and high school students, I also see a benefit for elementary students with teacher support. How can we make objective observations? Just open the app and we'll quantify some information! What is data? Let's collect some now and talk about it! How can we visualize information with a chart? Here's what we just observed and here's what it looks like as a graph! Specifically, I look forward to using Science journal with my kindergarten students this coming school year to record different noise levels in the classroom, on the playground, and in the forest behind our school to discuss the quietest environments available to us, sharing the graphs via a classroom Chromecast. Now that's science!