Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy

Bioinformatics education should start in high school

Bioinformatics data and programs that enable these data to be searched, compared, and visualized are readily available to all--including high school students.  So why aren't more high school students using these data in school projects?  The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research's mission is to promote an understanding of biomedical research through education and dialogue in their Bio-ITEST Bioinformatics Workshop for educators.

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Fabricating the future: 3-D printing molds new K-12 STEM model

Visionaries like Glen Bull, a professor of instructional technology at the University of Virginia's (UVA) Curry School of Education, are using 3-D printing systems to change the way teachers present science concepts and, in turn, how students learn and retain the material.  In a lab school, elementary school students and teachers are invited to use engineering design and fabrication to teach and learn science and math concepts.

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FabLab’s interview with WHRV NPR's “With Good Reason” hosted by Sarah McConnell

The FabLab Classroom: Preparing Students for the Next Industrial Revolution in an ITEST project based in Virginia where elementary students and teachers have the opportunity to discover principles of design and fabrication.  Principal investigator Glen Bull interviews with WHRV NPR's “With Good Reason” host Sarah McConnell to talk about this project.

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Two Connecticut teachers learning about energy and green technology

Two Connecticut teachers, participants in ITEST project Project Opening Doors, are spending two weeks in two of the state’s largest companies, General Electric and Northeast Utilities, to learn about energy and green technologies.  

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STEM education a hands-on program

ITEST PI Tirupalavanam Ganesh has partnered with Kyrene Aprende Middle School to advance his educational outreach program, ITEST project Learning through Engineering Design and Practice, and enhance students' learning through STEM education by using real-world, hands-on experiences.  Using inquiry-based methods, Ganesh's curriculum will expand to two other after school programs and also is used during school at a fourth middle school.

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$1.2-million grant to train science teachers

RI Gov. Carcieri announced a $1.2-million grant from the National Science Foundation that will train 100 high school science teachers to use computer simulations as tools in the classroom, advancing the governor’s “Physics First” initiative.  The molecular modeling software used as part of the RI-ITEST professional development requirements will be used to implement the new curriculum.

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Front-Loaded Confidence: The Efficacy of Hybrid Professional Development in an ITEST Geospatial Technologies Project

This virtual brief paper describes the efficacy of hybrid professional development used for the CoastLines Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) project. Over a three-year period, CoastLines introduced middle and high school teachers to the use of geospatial technologies as a tool for science instruction. Its hybrid professional development format included 40 hours of Webinars and an 80-hour summer institute. In response to formative feedback, the format was revised each year throughout the course of the project.

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Freedom Machines

The Freedom Machines film, discussion guide, lesson plan, and resource guides are designed to dramatically broaden the concept of diversity for all students through telling the intimate stories of adults and children with disabilities who are using modern technologies to change their lives.

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Girls and Science: A Training Module on Motivating Girls to Embark on Science and Technology Careers

Social and economic development of a country is closely linked to the educational level of its female population. As women in the developing world are generally under-represented in science and technology, this training module aims to address the inherent gender disparities in this field, with a specific focus on Africa.  This training manual developed and distributed by UNESCO is written to teach educators about gender disparities in science.  Six units provide training, career guidance information, and activities.

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Seven Lessons Learned in Eight Years Hosting the ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC

On July 11, 2011 Joyce Malyn-Smith and Siobhan Bredin presented “Seven Lessons Learned in Eight Years of Hosting the ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC,” as part of a panel session for a cross-division audience of National Science Foundation program officers who are interested in including resource centers in their upcoming program solicitations.

Presented by Joyce Malyn-Smith and Siobhan Bredin at the National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, July 2011.

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