Technology Corner


Dr. Resa Kelly offers an electronic learning tool on precipitation reactions. The tool was designed based on research that explored first semester, college level, General Chemistry students' misconceptions of precipitation reactions. In addition, college instructors were interviewed to learn the level of complexity they expected their students to understand. As a result of the research, the tool contains animations that are segmented and have layers of students how to make connections between atomic, symbolic and macroscopic levels, and at the end, a precipitation puzzle is presented to challenge students to apply what they have learned. The tool saves students' work to a database making it easy for instructors to grade and monitor learning.
Dr. Resa Kelly    
Dr. Eugene Cordero   We've created the Green Ninja, a climate-action superhero that encourages young people towards actions that reduce carbon emissions. At present, most children know very little about climate change and their teachers are often underprepared to teach these topics in their classes. Our project develops short films, social media tools and accompanying teacher lesson plans that connect the science of climate change with the humorous adventures of the Green Ninja. In a manner similar to Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl, we aim to create a universally recognized icon for action on climate change. At present, our weather and climate continue to change and without significant reductions in carbon emissions, our children will inherit a significantly more difficult world to live in. So that's why we need the Green Ninja!
Dr. Eugene Codero    
Michelle Steever, Teacher in Residence  

According to the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations (1987), "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This link contains lesson plans in a teacher friendly lesson format that model ways that sustainability can be connected to concepts common to secondary math and science classes. As part of a Google sponsored initiative, SJSU pre-service teachers enrolled in Math and Science Methods courses designed the lessons to infuse technological tools while addressing sustainable development in the context of their unit plans. Please explore these lessons and feel free to modify them to suit your teaching needs. Science Methods Sustainability Lesson Plans

Michelle Steever, MA    
 Google, Science Education Program, SJSU Science Education Program, Google in Education    ** The Technology Corner has been put together by the SJSU Science Education Program in collaboration with the Google Education Unit.  This page was developed to inform pre-service teachers about free technology tools that are infused in STEM education.