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CSUN Today Article on New Grant

posted by Brian Foley

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

CSCL talk for AGBU

posted Mar 23, 2015, 5:05 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 5:06 PM ]

Slides from the talk on using computers in the classroom.

Kelly Castillo wins CSUN research award

posted Feb 13, 2015, 4:41 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated Feb 13, 2015, 4:41 PM ]

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.

CSUN wins a Grant for teacher training

posted Feb 9, 2015, 12:23 PM by Brian Foley

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."

NSTA Conference December 2015

posted Jan 6, 2015, 11:23 AM by Brian Foley   [ updated Jan 6, 2015, 11:24 AM ]

Vandergon and Foley presented an activity for doing Evolution in the Clouds.  Click the link to find out about the activity.

Save the Date CSCS: Open House Feb 7

posted Dec 1, 2014, 9:08 AM by Brian Foley   [ updated Dec 1, 2014, 9:08 AM ]

We have scheduled the CSCS Open House for Feb 7th 2015 at CSUN. The time will be approximately 9am - 1pm.

More details to follow.

JPL teams with CSUN for preservice science teachers

posted Jul 1, 2014, 10:25 AM by Brian Foley

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.

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Kelly Castillo Highlighted

posted Jun 27, 2014, 5:18 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated Jul 1, 2014, 8:16 AM ]

Long-time CSCS expert teacher is the subject of the CSUN Education Doctorate newsletter article describing how her innovative teaching helps drive CSCS.

Kelly Castillo highlighted

Kelly C article

CSCS OpenHouse Announced

posted Dec 17, 2013, 4:31 PM by Brian Foley

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.

NGSS Guide Taking Shape

posted Dec 17, 2013, 4:26 PM by Brian Foley

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 (brian.foley@csun.edu)

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