NSTA Engage: Spring21 - Sessions

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Saturday, May 1
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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The Journey Back: Leveraging Data Tools and EdTech in the Post-COVID Classroom

Engage in a lesson from NOAA’s Data in the Classroom to explore some effective engagement and assessment tools and technologies for the post-COVID classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Keep experimenting with EdTech inside and outside of your classrooms; 2. Utilize EdTech for assessment and engagement of all learners in the classroom; and 3. Access scientific data from NOAA to help students evaluate claims, construct arguments, and better understand the world around them.

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DITC Coastal and Ocean Acidification Worksheets (Levels 1-5)
These worksheets (fillable PDFs) accompany the online lessons.
DITC Coastal and Ocean Acidification Worksheets ANSWERS
The answer key to the worksheets that accompany the online lessons.
DITC Coastal and Ocean Acidification Teacher Guide
Background content and lesson descriptions

Wednesday, May 5
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Making Science Fairs More Equitable Online

Come hear how preservice teachers organized and hosted a virtual science fair that aligns with the NGSS science practices—and learn how to do this yourself!

Takeaways: Learn how: 1. to hold a science fair virtually; 2. to align the traditional science fair project with the NGSS science and engineering practices; and 3. preservice teachers can learn from this real-world practicum experience.

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Science Fair Website
This is the website we created for the science fair.
Science Fair Project Mentor Videos
View presentations made by our science fair mentors!

Saturday, May 8
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
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Designing Your Own Online Labs

Good data-based labs are priceless. Developing your own is hard—especially for online. Walk through the process of designing online, data-based labs.

Takeaways: 1. Identify the differences between developing online labs and face-to-face labs; 2. Become familiar with some tools and resources available to help you design your own online, data-based labs; and 3. Be able to identify additional supports students will need in online settings.

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How to Ask for Help in Online Courses (esp. Science and Math)
A lot of students don't actually know how to ask for help. They will just send you an email saying, "I don't understand the assignment!" This brief video gives students a little bit of quick coaching on how to ask their instructors for help - what things will help them get the quickest and most helpful reply from their teachers.

Saturday, May 8
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Summer STEM Institute Goes Virtual: Creating an Engaging STEM Learning Program

We will share the strategies and activities that made our first virtual STEM institute an engaging and educational experience for diverse upper elementary and middle level youth.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. identify best practices for engaging youth in informal STEM experiences, including an end-of-summer celebration; 2. learn how we delivered programming in STEM with multiple grade-level bands; and 3. gain a list of valuable resources we used to teach scientific concepts, including how we created and distributed kits.

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Saturday, May 8
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Continuing Collaborative Experimentation When Students Must Be Remote: Solutions and Perceptions

Struggling to deliver lab experiences simultaneously to in-person and remote students in large numbers? Come learn how we did it and share your solutions too.

Takeaways: 1. The approach one takes to delivering online/hybrid laboratory experience depends on learning objectives; 2. Course-based research experiences can be conducted through remote collaborations; and 3. Students acknowledge benefits of online/hybrid research experiences.

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