What’s Google Science Journal?
What is Google Science Journal?
by TeachThought Staff
In short, the Google Science Journal is a cloud-based platform for science education K-12.
In Google’s own words, the Science Journal turns your device into a pocket-sized science tool that encourages students to explore their world. As you conduct eye-opening experiments, you will record observations and make new, exciting discoveries. ‘
What: Google Science Journal is a platform that provides students and teachers with scientific resources and ideas. However, the best feature is likely to be the use of native hardware on your phone such as accelerometers, light meters, and more to aid science. In this way, ideas (e.g. for experiments) and tools (an app that uses your phone’s built-in technology) are combined to become a kind of one-stop-shop science platform.
In addition, you can add external sensors that your phone may not have for additional functions and experiments.
Google explains, “With additional external sensors, your students can do even more experiments, including building a weather station or testing body conductivity. Popular sensors are: light, conductivity, temperature, force, gas, heart rate, breathing, radiation, pressure, magnetism – and much more. “
Google Science Journal Experiments
In addition to the technology, the ideas on how to use the technology are also crucial. Google created a page that collects potential science activities and experiments that can be filtered by grade level, expected duration, science experiment features, etc.
You can search Google Science Journal experiments here.
You can also add activities and tasks yourself. Google explains:
Use the Science Journal for activities and assignments you’ve already prepared and check out other activities that will delight and excite your students. From oscillating chemical reactions to using brightness to estimate the distance of a star, we have an activity that will fit your curriculum. You can also submit experiments that should also be presented on the website.
Related learning models and approaches: Project based learning, inquiry, Mobile learning