There is so much to monitor in our natural world — too much for scientists to handle alone! To maximize efforts, scientists often recruit citizen scientists to help. A citizen scientist is a member of the general public or an amateur scientist. While issues with data validity and collection standardization exist with this method, without it much of the natural world would go unobserved. Join us to learn about citizen science, how you can use it in your classroom to provide authenticity to a project, and learn some tips for keeping your collections valid!
In this session, we'll introduce you to strategies to make your long-term science investigations run smoothly! Explore a variety of topics, the different steps and sections of a science investigation, and then view samples to guide your students to success. With help from resources like Urban Advantage, you'll have everything you need to have your students hit the ground running!
Innovations in science are happening at a rapid rate. Often driven by technology and human ingenuity, these advancements must be supported from the ground up in future working populations to sustain this growth. That's where the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) come in, since strong K-12 science standards can help to prepare students for careers within this discipline. Join us to learn about the inner workings of the NGSS and how to read them in a way that helps you to frame engaging science activities.
Don't let those old textbook lessons go to waste! Now that you are familiar with inquiry thinking, join us as we transform traditional labs through the various levels of inquiry: confirmation, structured, guided, and open. After this session, you'll be ready to customize your own resources to best suit your classroom's needs.
Have you ever experienced the following scenario? A science teacher gives his students a lab on the rock cycle. The students spend 20 minutes working through the lab, following each step closely. After the lab activity the teacher administers an exit ticket as an informal way of assessing understanding, only to see little to no improvement. If you're looking for strategies to increase content retention in the science classroom, join our session to learn some ways to revise traditional labs and increase inquiry thinking.
The purpose of a chart is to visualize data in a way that accurately represents the story a dataset is telling. Tools like Excel, Google Sheets, and Numbers offer a wide variety of chart options and it is sometimes difficult to decide which works best for your purpose and identify which don’t work at all. Join us as we discuss what components are important in various chart types and the ways you can help students choose the appropriate chart for their dataset!
The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is just around the corner, and it's the year of the Brown Dog! The Brown Dog symbolizes a strong and active Earth. If you don't have activities planned, don’t fret! This session will provide you with plenty of resources and ideas to bring the culture and science of the Lunar New Year to your classroom!
Joining science and literacy creates a perfect pair. Gone are the days where science and ELA are two seperate content areas. For students to seek answers to questions, understand real world phenomena, compare and analyze data, communicate with each other successfully, and express their findings or ideas through graphs and words - students will need to blend both their scientific knowledge and literacy skills together. Come join our Curriculum Specialists as we dive in to various tools and resources to help support literacy in science for your middle to high school students!
TED-Ed is a lesson planning resource created by TED, a media organization with the mission of spreading innovative and noteworthy ideas. We’ll explore the free videos TED-Ed has on their YouTube channel, and gather some ideas about how to incorporate these videos into your classroom instruction. In this session our Curriculum Specialists will share with you three exemplary examples of TED-Ed’s top Science videos, and the creative ways to use them as discussion starters or tools to support learning standards.
Join our PD team as we explore some of our top educational apps in science. Remember building a solar system in school? We have an app that will take this project to a whole new level with more interactivity than ever before. In addition, we will explore our universe and galaxies through mobile devices as well as working with topics for elementary students.
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