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Archive: Preparing for NGSS: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information, December 18, 2012

This web seminar took place on December 18, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Philip Bell from the University of Washington, Leah Bricker from the University of Michigan, and Katie Van Horne from the University of Washington. This program was the eighth in a series of eight web seminars focused on the major practices contained in A Framework for K–12 Science Education, the document that will inform the Next Generation Science Standards, due out in spring 2013.


In this web seminar Dr. Bell, Dr. Bricker, and Ms. Van Horne talked about the eighth scientific and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K–12 Science Education: obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. The presenters discussed strategies for making science more relevant to students’ lives through student choice and addressing social justice issues in the science classroom. The presenters talked about the multiple ways to communicate information and ideas orally, in writing, and with visual aids such as graphs and models. They shared examples of student work from the high school, middle school, elementary, and pre-kindergarten levels. Ted Willard, director of NSTA’s efforts surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards, shared resources that can help teachers prepare for the implementation of the standards.


Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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To view the presentation slides from the web seminar and related resources, visit the resource collection. Continue discussing this topic in the community forums.

Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "“GREAT connections to how the practice integrated with other goals such as equity, technology, ELA, math.”"
  • "“I really appreciated the concrete examples at the various levels (HS, middle, elementary and even pre-K).”"

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

For more information contact: webseminars@nsta.org

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