Geospatial and Web 2.0 Technologies for NYS Science
Have you been thinking about ways to get your students more engaged in learning science? Are you interested in helping them gain technology skills while learning science? You can join a movement of educators who are using the power of maps, the excitement of new technologies, and the relevance of real-world investigations to motivate students to learn science and prepare them to think critically and creatively.
For the past three years, 20 teachers each year have participated in Crossing Boundaries and contributed to the development of lessons and units that use Google Earth, GPS, GIS, and other geospatial and Web 2.0 technologies to teach science.
On April 21st, the Crossing Boundaries Project will conduct its first workshop open to all middle and high school science teachers who can travel to one of our designated locations.
Crossing Boundaries will facilitate groups of teachers meeting at schools and technology centers throughout central and western NY to collectively participate in a workshop focused on the use of Google Earth and interactive PDF maps to engage students in learning important environmental and biological concepts.
While we recognize the power and potential of online professional development, we are also very mindful of how important face-to-face connections are for like-minded teachers. This workshop is our attempt to combine online and in-person professional development in a manner that enables more teachers to participate without losing the personal connections most valued by our teachers. Crossing Boundaries staff and teachers will lead a variety of lessons, sessions, discussions, and presentations.
When: April 21st, 2012 from 9am – 12pm.
Where: At a school, teacher center, or technology center in the following New York State locations:
- Beaver River High School
- Cortland High School
- Filmore High School
- Newark Teacher Center
- East Syracuse Science Center
- Union Springs High School
What: Three hour workshop focused on introductory geospatial investigations with access to lessons and videos that you can use in your living environment, environmental science or global environment class.
Compensation: Participants can choose whether they wish to receive a $50 honorarium and professional development hours.
Registration Deadline: April 19th. Maximum of 20 teachers per site.