Blogging about Balloons: Enriching a Pre-Service Technology Integration Course with “Real” Science Content
Abstract: In Summer 2010, twelve high school rising juniors and seniors took part in Year 1 of the Cincy STEM Fellows program and took two courses for dual (college and high school) credit. Daily over a 3.5 week period, students took the technology integration course “Computer Tools for Teachers” in the mornings and “Chemistry in Today’s Society” in the afternoons. With the intention of connecting content with technology integration, the authors designed a multidisciplinary project in which the students created multimedia blogs with the purpose of teaching chemistry concepts through the documentation of their experiments. As a result of the project, the students self-assessed that they were more highly engaged in both courses, were more deeply connected with the content, and plan to integrate technology including the use of blogs into their future classrooms. This project also supported the teacher educators, allowing them to focus and share their expertise with learners.