While we recently adopted the Next Generation Science Standards here in Washington (the state), we will still be operating our science assessment system under our 2009 Science Learning Standards for the next few years. This seems to have caused much confusion for folks. I’ve talked to several district and building leaders who thought that the Science MSPs and Biology EOC were being eliminated after this year.. not the case.
OSPI has recently uploaded the latest science assessment resources HERE. You will find:
Pacific Education Institute is offering a FREE 2-day workshop on Project Learning Tree and Field Investigations. Not only is the workshop FREE- but teachers receive a $125 stipend for attending both days.
Who: 4th–‐8th Grade Teachers
Where: Girl Scout Office, Dupont, Washington
When: August 7 and 8, 2013 from 9:30–‐3:00pm
Click HERE for a flyer and registration information- limited to 30 participants.
Our friends at Pacific Education Institute have created yet another wonderful FREE resource for science educators. Technology for Field Investigations provides an overview for using technology to observe the natural environment, a variety of web tools, mobile units (apps and software), and much more. Click HERE to download the guide.
As we continue to understand and implement Field Investigations in WA State and as we move toward the Practices of Science and Engineering in the NGSS- this guide helps us to move beyond “the scientific method” and to build stewardship and systems thinking in our K-12 students.
National Environmental Education Foundation just released an educator toolkit titled: Using Technology to Connect Students and the Environment. This will be a perfect set of resources to get prepared for Environmental Education Week April 14-20, 2013. Check out the eeweek.org site for lots of other resources for getting kids outside to do some science.
MIT and NSTA have partnered to offer a FREE 12 week online biology course specially designed for teachers who want to improve their life science content knowledge. The course will be supplemented by four NSTA webinars. This looks like a fabulous opportunity.
The course runs from March 5th to May 28, 2013 and you can jump in late.
Would you (or your students) appreciate an online overview of biology created by the funny and talented Hank Green? Then check out Hank’s 40-part Crash Course in Biology. Each lesson consists of a short (10-15 minute) YouTube video. The entire course is 7 hours but can easily be searched and used by specific biology content. See That’s Why Carbon is a Tramp: Crash Course Biology #1 embedded below. This would be most useful for high school students or college students looking for a review or refresher of life science concepts.