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Wednesday, November 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Science for All!: Using IPads and Osmos to Open the doors to Vocabulary, Background Knowledge and Equity.

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For English Language Learners (ELLs), science can be a confusing mass of unknown vocabulary and unclear instruction. In today's elementary classrooms, science instruction is delivered primarily through English Language Arts and requires children, regardless of their English language literacy, to comprehend grade-level materials. This effectively closes the door to science literacy for children who are still learning English. This can also have a broad impact on whole communities with high numbers of ELLs, leaving them without access to the science knowledge and skills that can empower. Additionally, it can shut out young learners from possible futures in stable and rewarding STEM fields. Science instruction without support, solely through ELA, is an issue of equity. This presentation will share a program created by University Education Faculty and Title I classroom teachers to support ELL and special education students in the use of iPad apps and Osmos. Our goal for the collaboration was to make science fun and accessible to 4th and 5th graders while at the same time building vocabulary and providing background knowledge. We will share our successes and a few lessons learned. IPad Apps and strategies for integrating Osmos to support ELLs and special education students in the classroom will also be shared.


Heather Pacheco Guffrey

Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University
Heather Pacheco-Guffrey is an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University. There, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in science, technology and engineering for pre- and in-service teachers. She works extensively with local communities to support districts as they... Read More →
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Jeanne Ingle

Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University
Dr. Jeanne Carey Ingle is a recent arrival to Bridgewater State Univ. faculty after many years as an elementary teacher. She teaches courses in educational technology, intro to ed and social inequality in education. She loves working with teachers and students on tech integration... Read More →

Wednesday November 15, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Silver Ballroom 1 (NOW)