don't you publish this website as a book?
are a few of the many reasons why this website is online rather than a
- Computer technology is one of the most underutilized
resources in today's classroom. The cost of computer equipment for
one classroom far exceeds the amount of money that classroom teacher
will receive for all other materials. Yet teachers often receive little
computer training and are allotted little time to apply available Internet
resources in the classroom. Science for Ohio pools the
discoveries of many teachers by acting as a website organizer. The Related
Resources sections of each inquiry contain only the most useful Internet
links for each activity. As Internet sites change, they can be updated
or removed. As teachers from around Ohio discover newer, more engaging
Internet sites, they can be added.
- Paper is a finite natural resource. Most teachers
have dozens, if not hundreds of text resources that they collect over
the course of their careers. The average teacher will probably directly
refer to 10% of these resources for use in the classroom each year.
The other 90% will collect dust on shelves or in filing cabinets and
eventually be recycled or more likely be thrown away. With Science
for Ohio, you print only what you plan to use. As a result,
100% of the paper resource gets used in the classroom.
- Teaching resources need to be dynamic. The best
teaching ideas come from teachers who are in the classroom everyday.
When they conduct an activity, they know right away what works and what
doesn't. Teachers who use Science for Ohio materials created
by Ohio teachers will shape these materials by their feedback and through
the investigations they submit. This feedback will mean that Science
for Ohio is ever-changing in response to teacher feedback.
- Many resources become outdated almost as soon as
they're published. One goal of Science for Ohio is
to remain up-to-date with the current trends in science education that
will affect Ohio's teachers.