Cyber-enabled technologies hold great promise as cognitive tools for engaging students in the practices of science. This web site provides tools and resources that support the level of planning and preparation that go into fashioning modules with cyber-enabled cognitive tools framed by constructivism at the middle school levels. The project has been built around a model of professional development that is anchored by curriculum resources and technology tools. All of the resources developed in the project are free and all technologies created or used are open source. The project intentionally focuses on the following important middle school level outcomes to support transformative science teaching and learning with technology:
Scientific Literacies: Encompasses written, numerical, and digital literacy as they pertain to understanding science, its methodology, observations, and theories. Our specific targets include engaging in scientifically oriented questions, giving priority to evidence in response to questions, formulating explanations from evidence, connecting explanations to scientific knowledge, and communicating and justifying explanations.
New Literacies: New forms of literacy made possible by digital technology developments. The specific forms targeted in our project include identifying questions/recognizing relevant information, location/managing information, evaluating information, synthesizing information to answer questions, and communicating answers to others.
Information and Communication Technologies: Information and communications technology (ICT) is used as a general term for all kinds of technoloiges which enable users to create, access, and manipulate information.