Science360 Radio could work well as a tool for integrating current science news into classroom instruction. But since there's no schedule of shows and podcasts, you'll have to be flexible about the topics kids learn about. Schedule a day each week or every other week to have kids listen to a show or podcast as a class. Ask students to take notes as they listen and then write a 3-2-1 summary when the program ends. Students should write "3" things they learned about, "2" things they found most interesting, and "1" thing they have questions about. Discuss the summaries as a class.Continue reading Show less
Science360 Radio is a basic, no-frills tool that allows users to stream radio shows and podcasts through a mobile device. There are only two screens: a homescreen that includes the play button and a description of the current show and its running time, and an information screen that summarizes the purpose of the app. The homescreen also displays the title of the upcoming show or podcast. Adding some teaching tips and a schedule of future shows would greatly improve the app's learning potential. It would also be very helpful if the audio could be paused and resumed without missing any content.
There's something to be said about open-ended learning and getting kids interested in current science news. By listening to radio shows and podcasts, kids will feel like they're part of the grown-up science community, which can be a valuable learning experience in itself. The learning environment is unstructured, and basically comes down to simply hitting the play button and listening to the content. The primary benefit of using Science360 Radio is to inspire kids to care about science and to understand and appreciate its importance in our lives. Unfortunately, a schedule of upcoming shows and podcasts isn't currently offered. Adding that feature would give users an opportunity to plan some lessons and discussions around an upcoming topic.
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
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