Ok here is the story. My principal just informed me I have 5000 to spend in my science classroom. I already have a model classroom ( projector, doc camera, audio, 4 computers). Where to go from here? 6th grade Science Objectives: Biomes, Symbiosis, Solar System, Weather, Climate, Electricity, Circuits, Energy. SO I need to suggestions on Good, Proven classroom software or other tools. Thanks Looking forward to what you have to say.

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Comment by Peter Morgan on August 13, 2010 at 2:04am
Data logging. Not sure what is available in your neck of the woods but maybe other posters can add their thoughts. But when i saw what you had already and your science objectives than more computers-data logging was what sprung to mind. This article from the UK gives some pedagogical context. Most seem to connect to a computer directly or via an interface so you might need some netbooks/laptops to attach. I would go netbooks if they have enough grunt to run the software which they should.

Not a recommendation per se but a starting point http://www.vernier.com/labview/products/#tabtabGO
Comment by Catherine Laguna on August 13, 2010 at 7:14pm
I use Pasco Sensors. The temperature sensors are great and we also use the pH, pressure, and force sensors. If you could get one computer per lab station you would be set! You could also get cameras like Flip cameras and start podcasting. I use Cannon Powershots to have students make pictures and videos of their labs. If you get a high quality microphone you can make very nice podcasts with iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. Have fun spending!
Comment by Peter Morgan on August 18, 2010 at 7:11am
I love this blog and this idea about Flip videos is cool too


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