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Technology Enhances Collaboration
This week, students in Rachelle Terada's fifth period Forensic Science class at Wheaton North High School are conducting an anthropology lab analyzing skulls, femurs and pelvises. Traditionally, students conduct the lab individually or in partners. However, through the use of Chromebooks and Google Classroom, the entire class conducts the lab together.
Forensic Science, a science elective the District began offering at both high schools in 2012, is the application of scientific methods using principles from Biology, Chemistry and Physics in crime investigations. The course is lab-based and includes the study of crime scene evidence, forensic anthropology, toxicology, trace evidence, DNA, fingerprints, impression evidence and questionable documents. Students engage in investigations to understand and explain a variety of scenarios that incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis, communication skills and real-world applications.
In the anthropology lab, students follow paperless lab instructions in Google Classroom and add their measurements, results and observations to a common document that all students share. Next week, students will analyze the entire class lab report in Google Classroom, giving them access to more data than traditional pencil and paper.
Terada, a nine year Wheaton North science teacher, loves teaching Forensic Science because it has more hands-on learning experiences than other classes she's taught. Terada believes incorporating technology in the classroom hasn't changed what she teaches. Rather, technology has changed how she teaches.
"Using Chromebooks and Google Classroom has enhanced student participation by allowing more student engagement in non-traditional ways. Students are 1:1 with the computer; no one is sitting in the back seat trying to read a monitor over someone’s shoulder. Now, each student can have the group lab report open at the same time and contribute directly to the final product," says Terada.
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CUSD 200 In the News…
Upcoming Board Meetings
Wed., May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Wed., May 27 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Committee of the Whole
Wiesbrook 5K Tiger Trot Benefiting the The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation
Special Olympics Bowl for the Torch Saturday, May 9th at 3:00 p.m. at Fox Bowl, Wheaton
For more information, view the event flier.
Linden Oaks Parenting Seminar The Elephant in the Room: The talks that every parent should have
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6:30pm, at Meiley-Swallow Hall Theatre, 31 S. Ellsworth St., on the campus of North Central College. This parent/student/community education event is free and open to all ages. It will take place at the For more information, click here.
WWS Spring Musical - "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," May 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. at WWS. For tickets & information, visit their website.
Student Records Destruction Notice - June 26, 2015
District 200 is scheduled to destroy student’s temporary records from the year 2010, in accordance with the Illinois School Code and current School Board policy. Please contact the Registrar at Wheaton North or Wheaton Warrenville South High Schools prior to the dates above, to arrange to receive a copy of your/or your child’s temporary records. After the date listed above, the records will be destroyed.
|Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations