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Tommy Johnson
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  • Durham, NC
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Tommy Johnson joined Middle School Portal's group
Dec 14, 2009
Tommy Johnson replied to Sarita Pillai's discussion Classroom wikis as collaborative tools
"Great article. I have used wikis in my 8th grade science class as an online journal for groups of students working on a project. We participate in the Junior Solar Sprint each year and as they build their solar cars they make journal updates on…"
Dec 14, 2009
Tommy Johnson is now a member of Middle School Portal
Dec 4, 2009

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Which best describes your position?
Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
What discipline(s) do you teach?
I need help with
Assessment/Testing, Content knowledge, Instructional strategies, Integrating technology, Standards, Student misconceptions
I can help with
Content knowledge, Integrating technology, Involving parents/caregivers

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At 9:05pm on February 18, 2010, Jennifer Fee said…
Hi Tommy,

The archive of my presentation on BirdSleuth and the Cornell Lab's citizen science project is here: http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/MiddleSchoolPortal/Webinar_Archive#Citizen_Science:_Building_Math_and_Science_Skills_and_Knowledge
Thanks so much for attending and contributing! Glad you found it useful!

At 8:56am on December 15, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Thanks for sharing, Tommy.
Sounds like you are doing some great stuff with your kids. Thanks for jumping into the current wiki conversation. I hope you'll be willing to continue sharing.

As far as your interests and needs, feel free to start conversation around specific questions. Sarita Nair Pillai, one of the co-PI's on the project, is heading up developing student virtual learning experiences and might be a good person to help sus out engineering-specific teaching resources.

Tom Jenkins, one of the Teacher Leaders here on MSP2 engages his students around aerospace engineering.

Are you familiar with National Engineers Week? This is a program of the National Engineers Week Foundation, which serves to promote engineering as a career. They have some good resources.

Another resource might be Avetec. This group employs simulation and modeling to advance research and development particularly in aerospace. They work with K-12 educators to advance and employ teaching strategies and introduce engineering to K-12 students.

At 8:18am on December 7, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Welcome, Tommy, to MSP2.

Is the picture of your cat? A stereotypical cat expression, regardless! The, "I don't need you" look that cats do so well.

In any event, we're glad you've decided to join us. Would you be willing to clarify a bit about content knowledge and integrating technology? You've indicated that you need help with these and can also help others. Would you be willing to share some specifics on either or both? For example, is there specific content knowledge you would like help with and other content that you are interested in assisting others? I only ask to better understand.

Have you had a chance to look around the site yet? If not, here are a few suggestions that might be helpful:
1. The Science Resource Guides are standards-based curriculum that are wiki pages. This allows folks to add, comment, contribute to the guides. If there are particular units or activities you've found effective, this is a great place to share them with others.
2. We have a Science Group and an http://www.msteacher2.org/group/integratingtechnology" target="_blank">Integrating Technology Group here. These are focused groups to facilitate conversation. Please feel free to pose questions, comment, respond to existing conversations.
3. We've had some Webinars on various tools for teaching and learning. They have been recorded and posted along with resources. If there are resources or Web sites you think would be good additions, please feel free to add them.

With your years of experience, you have a great deal to offer this community. I encourage you to do so. Also, please feel free to let us know how we can assist you, help you connect with people or issues, and support you in your work.

Again, welcome.



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