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Monthly Megabite Virginia STEM CoNNECT
Up-Coming Events Sept 18th
In August, eighteen K-12 Mathematics and Science teachers from Brunswick, Dinwiddie, and Powhatan School Divisions participated in a week-long workshop on integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning at Dinwiddie Annex building. The workshop focused on the integration of STEM in Mathematics and Science classrooms with an emphasis on the engineering design process and technology integration.
SVRTC Meeting VUMAC, Blackstone, VA—10AM
What to find in this month’s Megabite: Page 1 VA STEM CoNNECT Page 2 LU President Visits ITTIP
During the week, teachers received instruction from ITTIP faculty on inAbove: Teachers work together on their quiry-based learning, engineering de- STEM Challenge. sign process, problem-solving, and how to incorporate technology in the classroom. The teachers participated in completing design challenges and using technology, such as probeware and open-source software, for inquiry-based lessons. They also had the opportunity to hear first-hand from a practicing engineer about what engineering entails. A real-time video session was also held with Ferdi Serim, author of Digital Learning: Strengthening and Assessing 21st Century Skills, to help teachers connect 21st Century Skills to the Science and Mathematics classroom. In addition to the workshop, teachers will continue
Page 2 ITTIP: 2012-2013 School Year Page 2 YouTube Channel: NASA eClips Page 3 INSPIRS, Cohort II Page 4 Social Media in Education Page 4 Edmodo in Science
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Longwood’s President Visits South Boston Longwood’s Interim President, Marge Connelly, and Executive Assistant to the President, Brenda Atkins, visited ITTIP’s South Boston office August 16th. Although their visit was brief, a presentation of how ITTIP has and does work with divisions was presented. Above: Staff and special guests enjoy the 3D projector.
The staff also had the opportunity to showcase some of the current projects, professional development, and technologies that are being implemented such as the ITSI-SU project, VA STEM CoNNECT, and the use of microcontrollers and probeware to support STEM learning. The special guests also got to view a few short Science videos with the 3D project that has also been demonstrated with SVRTC members.
ITTIP Welcomes the 2012-2013 School Year Whether you have already started your 2012-2013 school year, or you are getting ready to begin, ITTIP welcomes teachers and students back to school! As the school year winds up, remember how important it is to stay a learner yourself. Do you have a special need for professional development in your district? Whether it be teachers or administrators, remember that the Institute is here to assist any way we can. Although our specialists will be facilitating online learning workshops and will be out in the field all year long observing and assisting teachers, we are also here to meet the professional development needs of your school division. If you have an interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office to make an appointment: 434.517.0717
ITTIP takes Technology Around the World National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has quite a few resources on the web for
educators. Everything from videos to unit plans. A matter of fact, it can sometimes be overwhelming! Although ITTIP has shared NASA resources with teachers during workshops this summer, such as their suggested method of the engineering design process, we would like to put a spotlight on their YouTube eClips Channel. NASA’s eClips series consists of short, educational video segments, designed to encompass a variety of learners. NASA’s eClips focus in on learning through inquiry based learning using real world connections. New eClips segments are added on a regular basis to explore applications of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) topics. Currently their YouTube channel has over 250 clips organized into playlists: Our World (K-5), Real World (6-8), Launchpad (9-12), and NASA 360 Side Note: Is YouTube blocked in your district? Have you tried YouTube’s EDU? Or does your district use Google Apps? Are they utilizing YouTube for Schools? Check out ways that you can incorporate free videos to educate, engage and inspire!
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VA STEM CoNNECT (continued from page 1) to collaborate through an online learning community with members of their class. They will provide feedback to each other on unit plans they will develop and teach. These plans will then be compiled and made public online for all Virginia teachers to use and share. As one teacher has already reflected, “…. personally felt out of place day one. I felt like STEM was for those educators that function on a higher level of knowledge…. After, listening and seeing the purpose and demonstrations, I immediately found my confidence in completing this session….STEM to me makes any person think outside the box, because the goal is to extend what knowledge (you) already know by planning and designing models…”. ITTIP was awarded funding for this professional development as a partner in the Virginia STEM Collaborative Nurturing Network to Enhance Contentfocused Teaching (VA STEM CoNNECT) project. VA STEM CoNNECT is funded by the Virginia Department of Education Above: Brunswick through the Mathematics Sciteachers work on ence Partnership (MSP) Proredesigning in the engineering process. gram. The project is led by the ITTIP at Longwood University and is a multi-institution partnership providing integrated STEM teaching and learning. Other partners in the statewide project include: George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, MathScience Innovation Center, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, Virginia Association of Science Teachers, American Council of Engineering Companies in Virginia, Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium, and approximately 50 K-12 school divisions across Virginia.
INSPIRS Cohort II During the week of August 6th, teachers met at Dinwiddie Annex building for cohort II of Integrating Nature of Science and Physical Science in Instruction in Rural Schools (INSPIRS) training. The training was lead by ITTIP’s STEM Specialists and Director. In addition, Longwood’s Dr. Rodney Dunning, Associate Professor of Physics, facilitated some of the week’s learning. Just like cohort I (held in June), cohort II training targeted middle school (6-8) Science and Special Education teachers. The week long face to face training focused on the Virginia Standards of Learning for Physical Science with integration of the Nature of Science through inquiry based learning. In addition, teachers learned Above: A teacher explores his about the 5E learning cycle mystery atom through an inquiry (5e) and the Understanding by activity. Design (UbD) framework for creating unit and lesson plans. Teachers worked together through inquiry based hands-on learning activities and labs using probeware and online simulations. Participants also learned about how discrepant events could be used in the classroom to understand the Nature of Science. As part of the grant, participants will be joining cohort I online in the Fall to continue learning ways that inquiry based learning can be used to facilitate the learning of Physical Above: Teacher uses Science and the Nature of Science probeware with Logger Lite. their classrooms. Through this online platform (Moodle), the participants will be forming a professional
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Exploring Social Media in Education On August 22nd, ITTIP staff took advantage of a learning opportunity through an HP Catalyst webinar, Social Media Basics. The webinar consisted of 35 participants from various time zones. The main presenter was Rebecca Otis, who is currently the Secretary at Social Media Club, Austin, Texas, and founder of LocalizeAustin. She recently served as the social media administrator for Texas’ official website. During the webinar, Rebecca Otis talked about how to build a solid social media identity through the use of Facebook pages and Twitter. She also emphasized the importance of knowing your goals, audience, inspiration, and voice in making up your online identity. The presentation was done through Adobe Connect, a web conferencing tool that the Institute also uses. During the presentation, the participants had additional meaningful conversations and asked questions to the presenter through the chat feature. The recorded presentation can be viewed online as well as the presentation slides can be found on Slideshare. Check out the links to learn more!
INSPIRS (continued from page 3) learning community to expand support for Middle School Science teachers in rural Virginia. In the Spring, the Institute will be recruiting for a third cohort that will take part in a modified blended learning version of this opportunity to expand awareness to additional teachers in rural Virginia. All three cohorts will join face to face to share and reflect in the late Springtime . If you are interested in joining cohort III, please stay aware of ITTIP’s professional development offerings through our website: www.ittip.org Below: Teachers use the Vernier motion detector to create, vary, and track the movement of a pendulum.
Did you know that Longwood’s President has a Facebook page? Or that ITTIP staff tweets? Follow @manotalaiver, @PaulaITTIP, and @STEMGal on Twitter. You can also look for the hashtag , #STEMLearning, to find more about what we are tweeting!
Using Edmodo in Science Classrooms On August 29th, Dr. Talaiver demonstrated how middle and high school Science teachers can use Edmodo effectively as a supplemental resource at Clover Hill High School . Science teachers can post resources, lecture notes, and even field trip information. Students and teachers can share videos and images of science research projects. A mobile version of Edmodo is available to even use during field trips and Science fairs to post images and videos to receive feedback. She also showed how teachers can use Edmodo for formative assessment. ITTIP has and will continue to facilitate professional development activities using Edmodo to motivate teachers to create asynchronous learning experiences for students.
This is the Instititute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) September newsletter.