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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."
We have scheduled the CSCS Open House for Feb 7th 2015 at CSUN. The time will be approximately 9am - 1pm.More details to follow.
This summer NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and CSUN are teaming for a workshop for preservice science teachers.
The workshop is full but stay tuned for future collaborations.
Long-time CSCS expert teacher is the subject of the CSUN Education Doctorate newsletter article describing how her innovative teaching helps drive CSCS.
We will host our 3rd annual Computer Supported Collaborative Science open house on February 8th 2014 (later this year). As before we invite all science teachers to come out to CSUN to learn about techniques for improving science instruction via cloud computing tools. This year we have added workshops on the NGSS (and new CA science teaching standards) and how to get the most out of iPads in the classroom. For more information see the 2014 OpenHouse page.
In order to help teachers get to know the new CA Science Standards based on the NGSS we are in the process of creating a website that allows the CDIs and the performance expectations to be cross listed by grade level. You can see the work in progress at https://sites.google.com/site/csunngssguide/If you are interested in helping put the site together contact Brian Foley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I wanted to give pre-service teachers in my classes a short introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Framework on which they are based. These are undergraduate students who are totally new to science instruction. I searched around the web for a good 1 page summary but couldn't really find one. So, I created my own, lifting language from various longer documents (hopefully in the spirit of academic fair use!). Download the file, attached to this page:
One of the benefits of a website is that it allows you to keep in touch with parents and students alike. Our teachers often make a Google Site announcements page to post their daily homework assignments. Parents can then automatically subscribe to these posts in their email box. Here's how to make it work.
Step 1: Create an announcements page.
Step 2: Copy the URL of your announcements page. (Example: "https://sites.google.com/site/csuncscs/home/blog")
Step 3: You'll need to make two changes to the URL of your page. Change https to http (delete the s) and then add /posts.xml (Example revised URL: "http://sites.google.com/site/csuncscs/home/blog/posts.xml"). The revised URL is a valid RSS feed URL you can subscribe to.
Step 4: Paste the feed URL into an RSS-to-email website. I like https://blogtrottr.com/. The email is not instant -- it takes up to 1-2 hours after you post the announcement for the email to get sent. Parents should also be aware that the email may end up in their junk or spam folder.
Step 5: Add a button to your Google Site to allow people to subscribe to email announcements.
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