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Archive: Preparing for NGSS: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, November 6, 2012

This web seminar took place on November 6, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Robert Mayes of Georgia Southern University and Bryan Shader of the University of Wyoming. This program was the fifth 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, Mr. Mayes and Mr. Shader talked about the fifth scientific and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: using mathematics and computational thinking. First, Mr. Mayes discussed the links between science and math models, then he and Mr. Shader provided examples of classroom activities that connect math and science at grades 2, 5, 8, and 12. Mr. Shader gave an in-depth explanation of scientific computing and shared an example of a simple computational model. Mr. Mayes concluded the presentation by describing quantitative reasoning. 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 one of the NSTA SciGuides. 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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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "“Excellent! Extremely relevant and informative. Engaging!”"
  • "“I loved the practical suggestions for making life science, in particular the box models, more quantitative.”"
  • "“This was one of the best Next Gen Webinars. It was a powerful session that will change my teaching.”"

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

Presenters

  Bryan Shader
Robert Mayes

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