Student Work - Education
Title: K-12 Science Learning: Designing a Lesson on Nearpod to Teach Projectile Motion
The development of technology has not only brought changes to our lifestyle but also affected our way of thinking. When it comes to education, technology has brought great opportunities to change the way of teaching and learning. Utilizing technology when teaching increases students’ motivation, engagement, and achievement. Furthermore, online learning is common nowadays. Therefore, teachers’ ability to integrate technology into teaching to enhance students’ learning is becoming increasingly important. However, many teachers struggle with effectively using technology to promote students’ learning. In this case, the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework has been widely used to combine the knowledge of content, pedagogy, and technology and support teachers in teaching with technology. This research designs and develops a science lesson for 10th-grade students to learn projectile motion. The lesson is developed on Nearpod, an online teaching platform with abundant technology, and is able to support students’ self-paced learning. The lesson can be divided into eight parts, including pre-assessment, motivational introduction, open inquiry. Each part contains technology-based activities, including interactive games, interactive simulation, Google Docs worksheets. The research takes the lesson as an example to see how technology can be fully integrated into teaching science and analyses how content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and technological knowledge are combined to enhance students’ learning based on the TPACK framework. In the end, the research gives suggestions on teachers integrating technology into teaching to promote students’ logical thinking skills, problem-solving ability, and passions for the subject while making sure learning objectives are achieved.