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Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) is a pedagogy for STEM classrooms that facilitates meeting the Next Generation Science Standards.  There are three major features of CSCS.

COURSE 1 - Everyone in the Pool!  Collaborative Data Analysis in the Science Classroom  - Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) is a teaching methodology that uses collaborative web-based resources to engage all learners in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of individual data in the context of whole-class data. CSCS fosters scientific inquiry by using collaborative online resources to assess prior knowledge, collect and analyze student ideas, data, and comments, and provides instructors the opportunity to perform continuous formative assessments to inform and reform their own instruction. CSCS turns hands-on classroom activities into more authentic scientific experiences -- shifting the focus from cookbook data collection to thoughtful data analysis. This course is sponsored by the HP Catalyst Academy.

(COURSE 2 - proposed) Real-Time Formative Assessment Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) uses cloud-based collaborative document technology to instantly collect responses from multiple students, groups, and class sections to facilitate Continuous Formative Assessment (CFA). Utilizing CFA, instructors can collect student response data from large sets of students across groups or classes and analyze them quickly and accurately. Instructors can employ CFA strategies to enhance student engagement and monitor student understanding during synchronous online or in-person instruction.  As instructors analyze student responses, instruction adjustments can be made to meet immediate student needs. Preliminary data suggests that the CFA methodology promotes engagement, accountability, and understanding through formative assessment for both students and instructors. This course will be developed after course 1. 

(COURSE 3 - proposed) Collaborative Resource Development  Thomas Edison was one of the most prolific inventors of all time, with over one thousand patents to his name.  Historians argue that Edison’s greatest invention was none of the devices for which he held a patent, but rather the development of the first industrial research laboratory.  Edison applied the principles of large-scale teamwork to the process of invention and was thereby able to bring a bewildering array of inventions to market.  Edison realized the value of synergy and that the “whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.  CSCS also recognizes the value synergy, and employs cloud-based document technologies to enable students to collaborate to create, analyze and discuss an array of resources that none could accomplish individually in the same time. (reports, data sets, presentations, drawings, diagrams, concept maps, analyses, etc.).  This course will be developed after course 2.