Welcome to Al Bodzin's home page for science educators. This web page serves as a resource for primary, secondary, and university educators, especially science educators. I am an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of Education & Human Services at Lehigh University.
I received my Ph. D. in Science Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Instructional Technology for Science Education in May, 1999.I am also a member of the NC State SERVIT Group, Science Education Research in Visual Instructional Technology.
I am currently available to work as a consultant to develop Web-based science activities. My latest interests include using Quicktime Virtual Reality on the Web.
here to access additional information about myself including workshops,
organizations, activities, and awards.
I used to teach biology at Columbia High in Columbia, South
Carolina where I incorporated technology into my lessons.
Check out some projects my students were involved in:
I also served on the Networking and Telecommunication Committee for the MIMS (Improving Math and Science in the Midlands) HUB. MIMS has a great science and math search engine!! I should know, since I helped research the database. You will find over 500 annotated math and science resources on the web. Click here to go to the MIMS Hub web site. MIMS HUB
My first teaching job was in Kiribati during my service as a Peace Corps volunteer. Peace Corps has a great section called World Wise Schools at their web site. Click here to visit the Peace Corps home page and learn more about Kiribati and other developing countries in the world. Peace Corps Home Page
I received my Bachelor's in Science degree in biology and psychology at The University of Michigan.
I received my Master's degree in science education at The George Washington University.
Here's my favorite TV show.... X-Files. This shows has many examples of science misconceptions that can be discussed with students of all ages.
Which Way Is North?
Which Way Is North? is an activity that allows students to develop skills in understanding location by exploring a variety of unique geological formations using Quicktime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas and topographic maps.
This activity allows you to explore a variety of dinosaur fossil bones >from the Dinosaur National Monument quarry using Quicktime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas and digital still imagery.
Geologic Explorations allows you to explore a variety of unique geological formations using Quicktime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas and digital still imagery.
Carolina Coastal Science
Carolina Coastal Science is an innovative, inquiry-based, science resource that utilizes the interactive technologies of the World Wide Web to explore science in coastal Carolina. Carolina Coastal Science has been created based on the goals stated in the National Science Education Standards. While this web site has been designed specifically for an Environmental Science component of a primary and secondary science curricula, it may be used in different curriculum areas.
Teachers and students can use this web site independently or as a class using a number of different teaching strategies including open-ended inquiries, guided inquiries, independent research, and cooperative group learning. Carolina Coastal Science contains an interactive photojournal that students can use to construct their own set of inquiry questions to explore; an inquiry simulation in which students investigate the issues concerning the fate of the Shell Island Resort and then debate the future of this and other oceanfront structures threatened by coastal erosion; a section of "Inquiry Images" which can be used as whole class guided inquiry activities; and a Coastal Research Technology section that students can use to identify the scientific instruments used by oceanographers and coastal geologists to collect data.
An educators guide is provided with a variety of teaching suggestions to incorporate this site into primary and secondary school classrooms.
IMSEnet - A network of Instructional Materials for Science Educators
A science education clearinghouse Web site which I am the executive producer of. The IMSEnet web site contains many annotated web links to the best science instructional materials on the World Wide Web for K-12 classroom instruction as well as a variety of K-12 interdisciplinary web resources. IMSEnet is developed by the SERVIT Group, (Science Education Research in Visual Instructional Technology) at North Carolina State University and is used in staff development and teacher training with both preservice and inservice K-12 science teachers.
The SciTeach web forum is a place where science teachers can share ideas, reflections and conversations on teaching and implementation of technology in the classroom, while also providing support for each other as members of an electronic professional community. An area of the SciTeach forum has been designated for use exclusively for preservice science teachers. Student teachers are encouraged to use this area to speak freely about their experiences.
The Science Junction is an interactive web site that promotes inquiry and provides resources to promote teaching in the context of the National Science Education Standards. This Web site serves as a center for teaching, learning, and integrating science into our daily lives. This is an interactive site which makes connections between the researchers and educators at North Carolina State University and the teachers, children, and parents of North Carolina. The Science Junction promotes inquiry and provides resources to promote the NC Standard Course of Study and national teaching standards.
Activities and resources include: network science projects in which students collect data to help answer science questions; a "Game Room" of science-based active games, a clearinghouse of online science education web resources and lesson plans; an interactive discovery area of science ideas for kids to try; an online meeting place for novice and veteran science teachers to share ideas; a "Collaborative Connections" database designed to help teachers find collaborators for classroom projects; a place to get information about research projects and research groups at NC State University; and a variety of other teacher resources which focus on professional development and technology skills.
Evaluating Science WWW Resources
Here is a rubric that I developed with the SERVIT group for evaluating science Web sites.
Check out some online materials from our Web workshop for science teachers at NCSU's Science House.
Here's a web link to some great Web-based science networks.
Here's a web link to some great biology Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great science datasets Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great environmental science Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great earth science Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great oceanography Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great chemistry Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great space Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great general science Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great physics Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great elementary science education Web sites.
Here's a web link to some great science lesson plans on the Web.
Here's a web link to some great interdisciplinary education web sites.
Here's a web link to some good online science and technology education journals and magazines.
Here's a web link to some good online search engines.
Comments and suggestions are welcome.
Last updated: August 14, 1999
© 1999, Alec M. Bodzin