Saturday, February 6, 2010

Any Science Junkies Out There? And how PPS will learn how to go on an Online Field Trip

Science lovers were elated this past month at the ScienceOnline event that is best described at its website:

"This active three-day event to explore science on the Web brought together scientists, physicians, patients, educators, students, publishers, editors, bloggers, journalists, essay writers, web developers, programmers and others to discuss, demonstrate and debate online strategies and tools for doing science, publishing science, teaching science, and promoting the public understanding of science."

Science and Technology together for three days. You can click HERE to read all about it.

You can read an Urban Scientist's great blog HERE. DNLee's profile says she is a Biologist who studies Animal Behavior, Mammalogy, and Ecology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Her blog is a web reference for environmental science, environmental education, and ecology.

Back to Plainfield and our own ScienceOnline future. If you haven't had a chance to view next week's Work & Study Agenda for Plainfield public schools, know that on page 24 there is an item that is aligned to ScienceOnline . The district will be bringing Rutgers for the following:

CMSCE (Rutger's Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education) proposes to conduct the following professional development workshops with the Plainfield Staff on March 12, 20010. Our targeted audience will be all K-12 teachers, in all content and grade levels. Enrollment will be based on first come, first serve basis.

• Virtual Field Trips:
Objective: To experience the world beyond the walls of the classroom. This workshop will assist teachers in planning and facilitating virtual field trips for all content, grade levels. An educational experience for a classroom when a field trip is out of the question, take your students on a journey to a virtual museum, farm, or zoo. Students can travel to surface of the ocean, to the skies above or explore the land around them.


And as if the call for enhanced technology use at classrooms was magically answered, check how some of these items are aligned to this past week's posts (mystic or what?). Anyway, one more item that I am glad is being brought to the district as training for teachers is this next one:

Innovative Technology Strategies in the Classroom
Objective: To demonstrate to HS and MS teachers strategies for using technology to engage students. This session will demonstrate strategies to assist teachers in engaging their students in the one computer classroom and using students’ own technology such as cell phones and portable media players.

Check the agenda, it is full of interesting items, so interesting that it kind of makes me wonder, and hesitate, about the future of PPS under all the personnel issues which resolution is still pending. To check the school district's Work and Study agenda, click HERE.

MP

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