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Spanish and Chinese Translations

by rochelle on Dec. 22nd, 2011 No Comments

In our ongoing effort to increase the accessibility of our lesson database, we are excited to announce that we now have many of our lesson worksheets and materials posted in Spanish and Chinese!

Included in the new materials are scavenger hunts, like the Animal Adaptations Hunt and the Living Fossils Hunt; chaperone-lead hunts, like the Troubled Tree Frogs and Insect Anatomy; and worksheets for our anytime lessons, like Invent an Insect and Rock Cycle Roundabout.

To find which of our many lessons include translated materials, you can select either language from the drop-down “By Topic” menu in any of the three categories (At the Academy, Connected Experience, and Anytime Lessons). See below for help

Once you have found a lesson with translated materials you are interested in, you can download all files from the list on the upper right hand corner of the online lesson plan. >>

We also have three carbon cycle lesson plans fully translated into both Spanish and Chinese. You can access these at the top of the main search page.

Don’t forget we also encourage you to leave your comments about what works or doesn’t work when you use a lesson in your classroom! We are constantly updating the lessons as we discover better ways to teach them!

Bringing Galileo and NASA into the Classroom

by rochelle on Dec. 20th, 2011 No Comments

      A Hands-on Astronomy Workshop for Teachers
      in Grades 3 – 9

A NASA Galileo Educator Network workshop presented by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Dates: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm; Thursday, February 9, 2012, 4:30 – 8:00 pm; and Thursday, March 8, 2012, 4:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers), 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA

Become a Galileo Educator through this 15-hour professional development opportunity for teachers. This workshop emphasizes inquiry‐based strategies and the nature and practice of science. Follow‐up sessions expand learning through active participation and networking with other educators.

Workshop participants will explore:

  • Classroom tested, standards-based, hands-on astronomy activities (on such topics as the phases of the Moon, the planets, the scale of the solar system, etc.)
  • Galileo‐themed science inquiry and space science content with NASA resources
  • The development of student reasoning and how to help students think like scientists
  • How telescopes work and how they changed our perception of the universe
  • Adapting resources and activities to include more reflection on the nature and practice of science

No background in astronomy is required; both new and veteran teachers will learn new ideas and techniques from the workshop.

Cost:$30 for RAFT members; $45 for non­members; 1.5 CEU available for $90 participants will receive a Galileoscope telescope kit (retail $49.95) and the astronomy teaching resource guide The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 (retail $29.95); lunch on Jan. 21 is provided

To Register: Visit the RAFT webpage or, for more information, send an email to: gttp@astrosociety.org

Special Note: This is a three-part workshop; to participate you must attend all three sessions.

Founded in 1889, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific is the largest and most active astronomy education organization in the U.S., devoted to improving scientific literacy through astronomy.

Digital Media & Learning Conference: March 2012

by megan on Dec. 13th, 2011 No Comments

The Digital Media and Learning Conference will be held in San Francisco from March 1-3, 2012! This annual event is supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub of the UC Humanities Research Institute, located at the University of California, Irvine.

The annual conference is meant to be an inclusive, international gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice.

The third annual conference – DML2012 – is organized around the theme “Beyond Educational Technology: Learning Innovations in a Connected World” with John Seely Brown as the Keynote Speaker.

Registration opened December 1, 2011.

Teachers are encouraged to attend!

For more information, visit http://dml2012.dmlcentral.net