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SCIE120 Scientific Inquiry and Field Work: Discovering with Technology - 30 hr

Create a lesson for an online field trip that incorporates current technology. Visit websites that enable students to collect and analyze data, using online equipment. Focus on an ecosystem that’s appropriate for your middle school students. Learn high-tech strategies that allow them to record and analyze information, investigate the results, and share their findings. As a final task, design a unit plan for an ecosystem field trip that incorporates current technologies for gathering, analyzing, and sharing data.

List Price $350
Audience: Science educators, Grades 6-8
Graduate Credit: 2 graduate credits available at an additional fee

Objective(s) Virginia Standards of Learning Alignment
Find Web sites with examples of environmental activities that use mobile technology; Science 6.7; 6.8 6.9; PS.1
Identify a variety of technological strategies for students to record and communicate on-site data collection, analyses, and investigative results; Science 6.1; LS.1, LS.4; LS.7; LS.8; LS.9; LS.10; LS.11; LS.12; PS.1; PS.5; PS.8; PS.9; PS.10;
C/T8.4
English 7.7; 7.8; 8.3; 8.7
Articulate the differences between traditional and current technological methods for collecting and analyzing data in the field for specific ecosystems; Because this objective deals with teaching methods, it can be used to support ALL science standards of learning.
Create a unit plan that uses inquiry and current technology to support learning in the field. C/T8.1; C/T8.2;
Identify which types of current technology are available to your classroom. Because this objective deals with teaching methods, it can be used to support ALL science standards of learning.
Develop a variety of strategies to acquire mobile technology for your classroom. Because this objective deals with teaching methods, it can be used to support ALL science standards of learning.

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SCIE125 Fostering Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Elementary Science - 30 hr

Create lessons and activities that incorporate collaboration, inquiry, and critical thinking while addressing national science standards. Help your students organize their thinking, communicate clearly, and analyze ideas.

Classroom Link-Access to students recommended. PBS Classroom Link courses ask learners to implement lessons with their class or with a small group of students (options for learners without access to students are available.

List Price $350
Audience: All educators, Grades 1-4
Graduate Credit: 2 graduate credits available at an additional fee

Objective(s) Virginia Standards of Learning Alignment
Understand how the National Science Education Standards relate to teamwork, discussion, and critical thinking. Because this course deals with teaching methods, it can be used to support ALL science standards of learning.
Analyze science lessons to identify the critical-thinking skills and strategies developed.
Incorporate higher-level thinking questions into science discussions.
Use technology to teach science lessons incorporating collaboration, inquiry, and critical thinking.
Develop lessons incorporating collaborative learning, inquiry, and critical thinking into the science curriculum.

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SCIE130 Fostering Collaboration, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Middle School Science - 30 hr

Integrate technology in the classroom to encourage students to ask questions, collaborate with others, and explore and evaluate data. Review proven critical-thinking and cooperative-learning strategies to bring science to life for your students. Become acquainted with software and Web activities designed to help your students organize and consolidate their thinking, communicate their ideas clearly, and analyze and evaluate the ideas of others.

Classroom Link-Access to students recommended. PBS Classroom Link courses ask learners to implement lessons with their class or with a small group of students (options for learners without access to students are available.

List Price $350 Special Price: $199 (currently subsidized by US DOE grant funding)
Audience: Science educators, Grades 5-8
Graduate Credit: 2 graduate credits available at an additional fee

Objective(s) Virginia Standards of Learning Alignment
Understand how collaboration, inquiry, and critical thinking can increase student learning of science. Because this course deals with teaching methods, it can be used to support ALL science standards of learning.
Be able to analyze science lessons to identify the critical-thinking skills and strategies developed.
Be able to incorporate higher-level thinking questions into science discussions.
Use technology to teach science lessons that incorporate collaboration, inquiry, and critical thinking.
Develop lessons incorporating collaborative learning, inquiry, and critical thinking into the science curriculum.

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