SC-01 Science 2.0: Using Web Tools to Promote Inquiry Based Science
In this course, participants will explore the use of online resources to enhance inquiry-based teaching and learning in science. Over the course of this seven unit course, participants will become familiar with science-themed websites, online collaborative projects, science blogs and wikis, and the mapping applications Google Maps and Google Earth. Considerable attention is paid to helping participants identify ways that they can integrate these tools into their practice, and thus enrich their students’ engagement with science content. Promoting scientific inquiry is a central theme, and serves as a lens for this course. Participants consider the issue of assessment, specifically as it relates to inquiry and the use of online tools, later in the course. As a final project, participants develop plans for an inquiry-based science lesson that uses an Internet-based data source.
SC-02 Designing a Virtual Field Trip in Science
This course will enable teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to use Internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for their students. Participants will become familiar with the strategies and resources that educators use to design these field trips, as well as tips and tricks to ensure their success. By the end of the course, participants will have designed effective and engaging virtual field trips for their students that are aligned to state and national standards.
SC-03 Transforming the Classroom with Project Based Learning in Science
This course is designed to familiarize participants with the principles of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout this six-week course, exemplary projects will be analyzed, critiqued, and evaluated for applicability to participants' classroom needs. Participants will gain hands on experience using software tools to support the planning and execution of projects, and develop collaborative, inquiry-based projects that support their curricular goals. Participants will learn to blend PBL and standards-based design strategies to create curriculum units that enhance student learning at all grade levels and subject areas. Each participant will leave the online course with preliminary plans for a PBL project.
SC-04 Differentiating Instruction to Accommodate Learning Styles in Science
Addressing the individual learning styles of students can be a challenge for teachers. The World Wide Web contains a vast number of resources to assist teachers in understanding and planning for the different avenues through which students learn best. Suitable for participants of all grade levels and subject areas, this course will review a range of web sites providing information about learning theory related to learning styles and multiple intelligences, as well as resources to assist teachers in both identifying students' learning styles and intelligences and engaging students in activities which best suit those styles and intelligences. Participants will become familiar with teaching strategies and tools targeted for each learning style and intelligence and develop a preliminary lesson plan using those strategies and tools.
SC-05 Matter and Energy: Basic Concepts of Science Literacy 1
This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the nature of the matter and energy from which the universe is made. These concepts are basic to the development of science literacy in both teachers and students alike. Throughout this seven-week course, you will explore and discuss the meaning of the fundamental concepts necessary for literacy in science. The course will increase foundational knowledge and understanding of the nature of science, Newton’s laws of motion, energy, atoms and bonding, and quantum mechanics. Video from Annenberg Media (www.learner.org) will be used to enhance the content. You will be facilitated through an inquiry-based approach to learning as you explore web sites and online tutorials to uncover concepts. The course is appropriate for educators of all positions and grade levels. This course is the first in a series of three courses based on “Science Matters: Achieving Science Literacy” by Robert Hazen and James Trefil (Anchor, 1991).
SC-06 Next Generation Science: Concepts in Earth Space Science
The Next Generation Science Standards provide an important opportunity for educators not only to improve the science education of our students, but also the achievement of our students. The standards represent conceptual shifts that move the vision of science education towards scientific practice and cross cutting concepts in order to deepen the understanding of the disciplinary core ideas that comprise the individual science domains. In this course, you will explore the important concepts that are form the disciplinary core ideas of Earth and Space Science. You will become familiar with these concepts and the performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards so that you can more effectively provide your students with opportunities to achieve competency in them. As you explore the standards and the expectations for learning at each core idea, you will begin to think of assessments and activities that will engage your students and enhance their learning experiences. As a final project, you will develop a lesson plan that you can use with your students that provides them with the experience and practice they need to be competent in a standard of your choice.
SC-08 Understanding the Science of Life: Characteristics, Classification, and Cycles
How would you answer the question: “What is life?” In the last decade there have been major exciting advances in our knowledge of life and living things. Essential Life Science for K-6 Teachers focuses on helping teachers build their understandings of both the fundamental life science concepts and fascinating new information. . This course provides background Life Science information for K-6 teachers as well as any teacher wishing to learn about these new Life Science understandings. Participants will use a combination of video, readings, reflection and online discussion during the seven weeks of the course. Topics covered in this course include: What is Life?; Classification; Animal and Plant Life Cycles. There is a companion course: Understanding the Science of Life: Communities, Ecosystems, and Natural Selection which includes the topics of Natural Selection; Evolution; Energy Flow in Communities; and Material Cycles in Ecosystems.
SC-09 Understanding the Science of Life: Communities, Ecosystems, and Natural Selection
This course is designed for K-6 teacher and others wanting to see Life Sciences developments in the last ten years. This online course explores the following areas: Natural Selection; Evolution; Energy Flow in Communities; and Material Cycles in Ecosystems. It surveys the process of evolution and the importance of variations in natural selection, shows how energy flows in communities and reviews how material cycles within ecosystems. The course also allows participants to develop their own science unit lesson. This course serves as a companion to Understanding the Science of Life: Characteristics, Classification, and Cycles. Each course offers unique and important material enhancing your knowledge about the Fundamentals of Life and Living Things.
SC-11 Teaching Electricity and Circuits Through Inquiry
Participants in this course will learn about the science behind electric circuits and how this content can be taught through inquiry. The course will help teachers gain a better understanding of electricity and circuits, including conducting and insulating materials, open and closed circuits, and series and parallel circuits. You will learn numerous inquiry-based teaching strategies throughout the course. You will also consider inquiry-based methods to introduce the content to your students, and you will enhance your questioning techniques to help your students make predictions about the content. Participants will also learn strategies for managing inquiry-based lessons in the classroom and tools for assessing students’ understanding of the content. Through completion of a final project, you will demonstrate much of what you learned about the content and teaching methods described above.
Science Courses in Development
SC-06 Next Generation Science: Concepts in Earth Space Science
This course will focus on the concepts in Earth Space Science that are covered in the Next Generation Science Standards. Complete description is under development.
SC-07 Next Generation Science: Concepts in the Physical Sciences
This course will focus on the concepts in the Physical Sciences that are covered in the Next Generation Science Standards. Complete description is under development.
SC-10 Next Generation Science: Concepts in the Life Sciences
This course will focus on the concepts in the Life Sciences that are covered in the Next Generation Science Standards. Complete description is under development.
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Last updated August 5, 2015