One Best Thing- Science Communication

Using Apple Technology mixed with a multitude of other tools, I embark on a year long journey to support my 8th grade scientists as they learn to communicate their science understanding. With a rotating menu, students use iPads, Legos, robotics, and more to share their journey in science.



Cover for SciComm Book

In this book, I share ideas on how to engage students in learning science while supporting their communication skills. With student samples, possible resources, and questions to think about as well as tips and tricks, I have bundled some of my favorite #SciComm projects.

While there are various chapters to check out, the reader can begin with any area that catches their attention. From using sketchnotes and infographics to share science learning to building models and digital books, I share ideas on how to begin with possible materials and introductory activities. I also give examples from the classroom sharing what my 8th grade scientists are learning along the way.


Chapter list for the book

While each chapter begins with materials and ideas for implementation, each chapter ends with tips and tricks and questions for reflection. Trying to jump start ideas for the classroom, I ask the reader to self reflect on the possibilities.


Chapter beginning
Tips and tricks

One of my favorite chapters in my book is the Coding and App Development chapter. There are different ways that educators can bring coding and app development into the classroom. In this chapter, I share how coding Sphero robots and building apps without code work for me. These activities are some of my students' favorite ways to show their learning. The processes are repeatable, highly engaging, and wonderful windows into student learning and misconceptions. They spark conversation and student ownership.

To read about this and more, check out my One Best Thing book at:

I would love to hear from you!

How do you support student communication in the classroom? What projects, activities, and resources do you call upon to allow students to share their inquiries, ideas, and learning? Please share what works for you and your students. Let's talk about #SciComm!

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Posted on May 22, 2024

Leah, your approach to teaching science is so creative! I always enjoy learning about what projects your students are involved in. Perfect OBT - Thanks for these ideas to pass along!

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