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I am currently teaching 1st grade and will be moving to a 2nd grade classroom next year. As a teacher in the Diocese of Arlington, the science curriculum changes in a few major areas from 1st to 2nd grade. I am choosing to focus on a 2nd grade science standard as a focus for this course. I like the idea of integrating technology with Science, especially in a school that has limited technology use for students. 

Science Standard 2.5 – Living System 

2.5 The student will investigate and understand that living things are part of a system. Key concepts include

a) living organisms are interdependent with their living and nonliving surroundings;
b) an animal’s habitat includes adequate food, water, shelter or cover, and space;
c) habitats change over time due to many influences; and                                                            d) fossils provide information about living systems that were on Earth years ago.

I think that this standard provides a lot of opportunities for technology use and student demonstrated knowledge. I would like  to explore programs available that would allow students to use technology to classify living and non-living, demonstrate knowledge animal habitats and their components, digitally construct habitats, apply seasonal changes to these habitats and adjust according to the effects, describe in these habitats how animals are dependent on surroundings and incorporate fossils and related activities to their learning. 

Technology use in this area would allow students to participate in their learning and produce a final product to present. Students could work through creating a habitat according to their current level of understanding and make use of digital learning to represent the real world. 


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