I have chosen to create this wiki for numerous reasons. I believe that to enable the use of an online science journal and resource for my fourth grade class to utilize as they journey through their different science units would be so much fun for them!

The fourth graders I work with are an incredibly enthusiastic group of children and I think they would be thrilled at the idea of having a science wiki. I think it would create a strong sense of ownership for them. They can share their thoughts and ideas and opinions in regards to the science concepts they are learning and they will feel motivated thanks to the innovative concept of an online journal/collaborative wiki.
A classroom wiki is one step towards an important goal of mine:
Throughout my career as a teacher, I plan on incorporating technological resources into my daily lessons in the hopes that these tools will enhance student learning and engagement. It is my hope that students will develop a deep and meaningful connection with learning, and inhabit the idea that learning depends on authentic communication and collaboration. This wiki is step number one!

It is my belief that in order to improve education and bring it to the level it needs to be at:
Technology is an essential element that should no longer be ignored.

Schools are quickly taking the initiative to integrate technology into their daily habits. It is an initiative that I believe will make it possible for more students to excel in school and in the real world. It will prepare students with skills and knowledge that are essential foundations for life-long learning. It is important to remember that integrating technology into classroom instruction means much more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. Effective technology integration must occur across the curriculum in numerous ways; ways that enhance rather than impede the learning process. Technology integration needs to support active engagement, participation, interaction, feedback, and real-world connections. This can be achieved when technology use is routine and coincides with our curricular goals.

When students are using technology as a tool or a support system for learning and communicating with others, they are in an ACTIVE role rather than the passive role of recipient of information that has been traditionally transmitted by a teacher and/or textbook. Once we provide students with the opportunity to use technology in their school subjects; specifically in science, as I’m talking here, they are able to actively make choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information. Technology use in science will allow students to be actively and critically thinking about information and about making choices, about asking questions and about initiating a deep and meaningful connection with science.

Throughout the semester we have spent our Thursday mornings discussing our futures. We have shared our thoughts and opinions on how to manage classrooms, how to teach effective science lessons, and on what kind of science teachers we want to be. By way of completion of science wiki, I will be effectively stating what particular teaching practice suites me.
According to chapter five of Ready, Set, Science!, Sarah Michaels, Andrew Shouse, and Heidi Schweingruber state that:
“Effective science teaching and learning must…include communication and collaboration.” (2007, p.87).

I believe this quote exemplifies what it takes to be a successful science teacher, and it is the focus of my project.
Communication and collaboration are two essential words contributing to my growth and development as an educator.
My intention is to be a great teacher, and to do that, then I must be capable of open and authentic dialogue…with my students, fellow faculty, and peers. My extension project, my science class wiki, fully encompasses this idea. If communication and collaboration are the key ingredients, if you will, then it is my responsibility to promote these standards in the classroom; my science wiki is how I will establish my foundation.

Michaels, Shouse, and Schweingruber, the authors of Ready, Set, Science!, believe in promoting the integration of communication into a student’s daily school life with the intention of creating an environment that not only fosters scientific learning and development, but fosters it in a meaningful way.

Michaels, S., Shouse, A.W., & Schweingruber, H.A. (2007). Ready, Set, Science!: putting research to work in K-8 science classrooms [pp. 87-108]. Retrieved from http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11882.html