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The Use of Probeware in the classroom

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Carrie Settles

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"Probeware describes the use of probes and sensors connected to computers (whether handheld or desktop) to collect and display real-time measurements of environmental parameters such as temperature, light, motion, force, sound and electrical power" (Tinker & Krajcik, 2001)
Probeware -description & purpose
Brookwood High School
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Many of the lab investigations are meant to explore real time data therefore outdoor safety should be addressed.

Each product does come with a set of safety considerations, eg. The "Melt Station" has a safety shut down after 60 min of heating, the heating block is automatically powered down.

Licensing-Purchase of one copy of software entitles installation on the network & for home use for students and teachers, but is limited to a single campus if multiple. ios and android are a separate cost.
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There is a large variety of equipment available accessible for kindergarten through college students in the areas of math and science.

In our school the technology department helps with the digital equipment acquisition through a check out system, which is used to help with the equitable distribution. Also, there is open-training that also helps ensure that teachers who want training are able to get it.

Equitable access
The Use of Vernier Probeware in the classroom...
and the possible impact on student success..
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Equipment & Software Needed
Technical support available
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On the Vernier Website you will find:

Reference Manuals
Tech Tip Videos
Online Support forms
Phone number to call (1-888-VERNIER)
E-mail contact (support@vernier.com)
Forums on Tech support, Lab ideas, Trade/Sell,
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Using Handheld Computers and Probeware in Inquiry-Based Science Education
Vonderwell et al of the Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET)
Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer 2005

Sensors. (2005). Vernier software and technology. Retrieved July 14th, 2014, from www.verneir.com

Rogers, L., & Finlayson, H. (2004). Developing successful pedagogy with information and communications technology: How are science teachers meeting the challenge? Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 13, 287–305.

Temperature project site (2014). (Retrieved July 2014)

Soloman et al, (1999). Science in the PALMS of their hands. COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM August 1999/Vol. 42, No. 8 27. Retrieved from:

Yerrick, R (2010) How Notebook Computers, Digital Media, and Probeware Can Transform Science Learning in the Classroom. Apple White Paper retrieved from http://images.apple.com/ca/education/docs/L416304A_Laptop_WP-1.pdf

Research Available on Effectiveness
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-CO2 Gas Sensor $249
Conductivity Probe $95
Dissolved Oxygen Probe $209
pH Sensor $79
Temperature Probe $112
Turbidity Sensor $112
Light sensor $55

-Logger Lite (included) Logger Pro $229
(only one needed for entire school)

-Go-Link $61

-Cost based on full day or week

Technical Support-(online ro
Potential Uses
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I chose to research the Vernier system because of a workshop I recently attended on Solar/Alternative Energy and I was able to see the many applications in Physical and Life Sciences using these probes. I was already impressed with the quick demos I saw, but I wanted to see if there was research on the impact it has to student learning. What I discovered was very interesting.

Cost-AP Environmental Science
This experience has given me the motivation to seek out the funding necessary to equip my lab with the tools that will help make my students better prepared for their future career. The level of engagement was repeatedly discussed, and I completely see why, these activities make learning FUN and meaningful. The ability to participate in global projects is so powerful and probably the best part of all is that the emphasis is taken off memorization and put into problem-solving.
Refelction (continued!)
From the Sun Power for Schools Workshop!
How about a little Settles guided tour!?
Meets Content Standards & Technology Standards:

National Educational Technology Standards for Students:
1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products or processes using technology. Students:
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
c. develop cultural understanding a global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific task.
d. process data and report results.
5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand him in, cultural, and social issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Student:
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations. Students:
a. understand use technology systems.
b. select and use applications affectively and productively.

Potential Uses-AP Environmental Science
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Differentiated Instruction:

Probeware would be appropriate for a diverse range of learners to be able to actively participate in data collection as the probes will send the data to the software directly and accurately. The tactile and visual aspect of watching the graphs be created in real-time should enhance student comprehension.
Potential Uses
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Promotes learning goals such as: scientific inquiry, authentic learning, project based learning collaborative learning, higher order thinking skills:
Potential Uses
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Professional learning at Brookwood High School is mandatory and 6 of 20 documented continuous improvement hours must be technology related. In the 2013-2014 school year 16 teachers presented staff development offerings and 6 more were presented by the tech team. Our school places a lot of value on what teacher-leaders can share with their colleagues.

With this in mind, my plan would be for one to two teachers to use the resources on the Vernier website to teach themselves the programs and then after they feel comfortable presenting the resources in a Staff Development Offering (we call them Lunch 'n' learns). There are many webinars and videos. The one day workshop in Oregon on Environmental Studies for $99 might not be feasible at this point, but I would go!

Plan for implementing the technology
Promotes communication locally and globally with students, parents, peers, and the larger community by being able to share accurate and real-time data and then have the ability to synthesize the information and apply it on a larger scale. See example:
Grant opportunities from Vernier:
Vernier/NSTA Tech Awards
Vernier/NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award
Vernier Engineering Contest
Gwinnett County Foundation Grant
Brookwood Cluster Schools Foundation Grant
Sensors/probes: measure physical quantities

Interface: translates the sensor data to software on computer/tablet/calculator

Software: interprets sensor data for graphing & analysis

"Our 2013-2014 Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) calls for increase in academic performance in the four core areas for all students through... and integration of technology in the classroom."

The use of sensors to bring real-time data to the classroom would certainly be in line with this goal.
To make sure all students are getting the access regardless if teacher wants it, there could be a required usage policy (eg. all classes must use equipment at least once a year)
"Learn Visually and Intuitively-reinforces scientific content. Predict Before You Collect-you can manipulate the graphs Animated Real-time Displays Analysis Tools-allows you to calculate stats and watch data points"
* There are over 80 probes that may be investigated, I chose to limit display for AP Environmental Science.
Students participate in The Global Sun Temperature Project developed and managed by the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE). This project is an Internet-based multidisciplinary project designed to enrich a student's learning experience through the use of a wide range of technology. In particular, this project utilizes the Internet to have students collaborate in large numbers, across great distances, to determine how proximity to the equator affects average daily temperature and hours of sunlight.
"By creating data-modeled views of their immediate context and comparing these with similar views created by others, students will really begin to understand and enjoy the collaborative nature of science."
~Soloway et al
"it helps K–12 students in various ways, including its ability to provide familiarity with tools students use outside of school, better training opportunities for future jobs, and venues for better inquiry teaching."
Other than the initial start up costs, and the potential for breaking or bending probes, most of the research tied right back into using technology interfaces as a whole. The use of technology as a tool in general is not going to cut it, but using it as a driving force in education is where we are heading.
Topics covered with PROBES:
Acid deposition (pH Sensor and Conductivity Probe),
Heat islands & temperature inversion (Temperature Probe),
Indoor air pollution (CO2 Gas Sensor),
Soil salinization (Conductivity Probe)
Water pollution (Conductivity Probe, Dissolved Oxygen Probe, pH Sensor, Temperature Probe, Turbidity Sensor, and other sensors)
Measuring solar energy (Light sensor)
Potential Uses-AP Environmental Science
College Board Standards
I. Earth Systems and Resources
II. The Living World
III. Population
IV. Land and Water Use
V. Energy Resources and Consumption
VI. Pollution
VII. Global Change
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Also, Brookwood High School is on pace to be the first traditional high school to be STEM certified in the state of Georgia.
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