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Announcing New Online Course - K-12 STEM Using NASA Resources (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

K-12 STEM Using NASA Resources, a 6 week, 45 hr, online course made its debut July 14, 2008. Sharon Hurwitz is the course creator, and the instructor ofthe course.

In a world driven by technology, the current preparation of US students in science and mathematics is unacceptable. Research studies have been showing our dismal performance for years, and it’s still not any better.

According to Before It's Too Late: A Report to the Nation from The National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, there are four major reasons for us to take heed and do something to change our teaching methodology:
1 - Our interdependent global economy is dependent on mathematics- and science-related knowledge and abilities;
2 - Our citizens need both mathematics and science for their everyday decision-making;
3 - Our nation’s security is linked to mathematics and science; and
4 - Mathematics and science are primary sources of lifelong learning and the progress of our civilization.


The primary message of this report holds that America’s students must improve their performance in mathematics and science if they are to succeed in today’s world and if our country wants to stay competitive. The Report’s second message points in the direction of a solution: better mathematics and science teaching. That doesn’t mean teaching math or science in a vacuum or teaching it the way it’s always been taught!


This course seeks to provide a way to teach mathematics and science in an integrated format that blends technology, engineering, and problem-solving into activities that are engaging but are also aligned with Virginia math, science, and technology standards. Because NASA has already been instrumental in creating STEM lessons, we will focus on their resources. The effective use of instructional technologies that appeal to 21st Century Learners will also be a significant strand for this course. Four STEM lesson plans, each focusing on one of NASA’s Mission Directorates and utilizing different instructional technologies, will be major projects. These include Aeronautics, Science, Exploration, and Space Operations.

Schedule:


Session 1 – Who are our students and are we preparing them for the 21st Century?
Session 2 – What is STEM teaching and how does it fit with Inquiry/Problem-Based Learning?
Session 3 – How does NASA use STEM to prepare students to become 21st Century consumers and explorers?
Session 4 – NASA-Like Resources
Session 5 – Connecting Literature with STEM
Session 6 – Putting it All Together

You can sign up today!!! Click here to register.

 

K-12 STEM Using NASA Resources (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - 45hr

AKSTEM400

This course seeks to provide a way to teach mathematics and science in an integrated format that blends technology, engineering, and problem-solving into activities that are engaging but are also aligned with Virginia math, science, and technology standards. Because NASA has already been instrumental in creating STEM lessons, we will focus on their resources. The effective use of instructional technologies that appeal to 21st Century Learners will also be a significant strand for this course. Four STEM lesson plans, each focusing on one of NASA’s Mission Directorates and utilizing different instructional technologies, will be major projects. These include Aeronautics, Science, Exploration, and Space Operations.
Points/Credit Hours: 
45 recertification points 
Audience: K-12 Math, Science, Technology, and Engineering Teachers
C.I.I. Certificate: Math, Science, Technology Integration, Interdisciplinary
Cost:
nC.I.I. Member-List Price:$430.00
Special Price: FREE (currently subsidized by NCLB funding)
nC.I.I. Services Participant-List Price:$430.00
Special Price: FREE (currently subsidized by NCLB funding)
nNon-C.I.I. Members - $249

C.I.I. Anytime Anywhere Online Syllabus
AKSTEM400.102  Virginia's Community of Anytime Knowledge course
Facilitator:  Sharon Hurwitz                   
Date/Time:Mon, 2/2/09 to Sun, 3/15/09 / Any 

C.I.I. Anytime Anywhere Online Syllabus
AKSTEM400.103  Virginia's Community of Anytime Knowledge course
Facilitator:  Sharon Hurwitz                   
Date/Time:Mon, 4/27/09 to Sun, 6/7/09 / Any 

 

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