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FALL 2011 - SEYS 562

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Queens College/CUNY
Education Unit
Fall 2011

Online Lesson

Tonight we will have an online class that will use a variety of tools. 
We are going to discuss three main topics:
Advance preparation for our online class:
  1. Please complete the course evaluation if you haven't done so already.,
  2. Before class, make sure that you can access the following:
  3. I recommend that you use Firefox or Google Chrome for our online class.
  4. Make sure you have earphones or a speaker so you can hear audio.  You do not need to have a webcam or video camera but if you do have one, you can try it out during our BigBlueButton session if you wish.  
  5. Read "Classroom management for science teachers".
  6. Browse through the links on classroom management.  

IMPORTANT:  If you have a problem with your web browser, e.g. Java does not work with Firefox, or Chrome, see the following links:

Procedure for the lesson

Most online courses use a learning management system such as BlackBoard or Moodle to coordinate all learning activities, and to record attendance, participation and grades.  Many of the activities are asynchronous and the students logon and do their assignments whenever it is convenient.  There is much less synchronous interaction with a teacher and other students than in a face to face classroom. 

Tonight we are going to use three different technology tools that can be used to provide online synchronous learning activities.  Each tool has advantages, disadvantages and limitations as you will soon see.  We will also use a tool called a wiki that is a great tool for group projects. 

Activity 1 - Classroom management - 4pm to 5pm
  1. Launch your web browser and login to BlackBoard and go to the Discussion board. 
  2. Post three examples of classroom management problems you saw during ICE.  Include as much detail as possible for each of the problems you saw. 
  3. Login to ScienceMOO at  Go to our classroom.  Sit at your assigned table.  For each of the listed problems, discuss how you would deal with the situation and how the situation could be prevented.  One person in your group should post the answers on the discussion board.  
  4. After posting your group's responses, take a look at the problems, solutions and prevention posted by other groups. 
  5. You can stay logged in to ScienceMOO, but now we are going to try out another technology tool that you can use for online lessons. 
Activity 2 - Controversial Issues in Science Education 5pm to 5:30pm
  1. Open up another tab in your web browser. 
  2. Go to our Science Education live video and chat channel that is located here:
  3. Enter the password:  seys
  4. You should see and hear the live video presentation from the instructor.  
  5. The goals of this activity are to 
    • Idenfity controversial issues in science, especially those in your own science content area
    • Consider how you will teach and approach these topics in your classroom.
  6. Click the "Check in and chat button" on the right.  
  7. The instructor will lead a whole class discussion on the topic of controversial issues in science education.  
  8. Please answer questions from the instructor by typing in the chat window.  You can also ask questions here.  
  9. After the summary of controversial issues, post one of the issues that you think you might encounter in your subject area on the discussion board in BlackBoard.  Describe how you would approach the topic.  
Activity 3 - Ways to make science learning fun 5:30pm to 6pm
  1. Pause or stop the video stream from our channel so that it doesn't waste bandwidth.  
  2. Go to our BigBlueButton course at the following url:
  3. Type in your Full name
  4. Choose the correct course from the drop down menu.
  5. Type in the password:  student123
  6. Click the "join" button. 
  7. You will now be in the BigBlueButton online classroom.
  8. The instructor will provide a short presentation on the topic.  If you have questions you can enter them in the chat window.
  9. Check out and register as a teacher.
  10. Science and fun.  Students will divide into groups and locate and develop resources for science teachers on the following topics: