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Christine Hirst's Astronomy Team at West Ranch HS made a successful launch and recovery of a high altitude weather balloon. Check out the video of the launch.
Big success at the Open house on Feb 20 2016. Over 80 science teachers participated in 10 workshops including our first Google Cardboard workshop. Check out the agenda.
We started out 17 years ago as the San Fernando Valley Science Project - funded by the California Science Project. After many iterations we have evolved into CSCS. This talk goes over some the highlights:
Our next Open House will be Feb 20th (Saturday) from 9am-1pm. More information is coming but if you want to get in early here is the RSVP Link. We will provide a number of workshops for science teachers to learn about how to use technology classrooms. Spread the word!
Congratulations to Kelly Castillo! Kelly has been a long time CSCS leader has finished her doctorate in the CSUN Ed.D. program. Her research on comparing two versions of CSCS training showed the different strengths of the program and generally supported the "clinical professional development" model for helping teachers learn to use technology in science class.
CSCSers will recognize the arguments we made to support our new project aimed at helping new teachers use CSCL (not just science anymore) in the classroom.CSUN Today
Slides from the talk on using computers in the classroom.
CSCS Expert and EdD student Kelly Castillo was one of 10 winners in the 19th Annual CSUN Student Research Symposium. Her paper entitled "The impact of professional development on teacher's perceptions and practices regarding inquiry-based science" impressed the judges (even though she had to cut half her slides). She had looked at how the immersion professional development (aka mythbusters) compared to the workshop professional development (aka California Science Project). Both PDs lead teachers to make significant change in their teaching approaches. The IPD lead teachers to focus on collaboration among students while the WPD helped teachers focus on critical thinking skills.
A proposal to include CSCS (and CSCL) in teacher training has been funded through the CSU New Generation of Educators program with funding from Bechtel Foundation. CSU Press Release:
"CSU Northridge will transform teacher preparation to help new teachers change both what and how they teach. Recognizing that 21st century teaching must be student-centered and provide opportunities for collaborative work, the project uses technology as a tool for learning and collaboration. It builds upon – and applies in an expanded context – findings from research at CSU Northridge that has demonstrated the effectiveness of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning in strengthening teaching and learning."
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