Latest on CSCS
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."
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.
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