On the Web: Science and Literacy
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The NSTA Calendar lists the following opportunities relating to Science and Literacy. Click here to learn about other science education events and opportunities.
- JOIDES Resolution
JOIDES Resolution is looking for informal educators from the United States to learn shipboard science and translate their learning experiences for students, families, and the general public through blogs, videos, social-networking sites, live video conferencing, and classroom activities. The ship will set sail from St. George, Bermuda, on June 18, 2012, and return to port in St. John, Newfoundland, on August 17, 2012. The expedition will focus on extreme climate events and drill near the site of the Titanic’s sinking on the 100th anniversary of that event. Apply by January 15 , 2012.
- Communicating Science
Communicating Science is the 124th annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and will be held August 4–8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting welcomes education and public-outreach perspectives from astronomy and space sciences, Earth and biological sciences, journalism, film, and social media. Communicating Science will feature professional development sessions, hands-on workshops, special-interest group meetings, talks, panels, poster papers, tours, and lots of time for networking.
Freebies for Science Teachers
Freebies features online resources relating to Science and Literacy that are—you guessed it!—free of charge for teachers. To learn about other resources, click here.
- Environmental Health Perspectives Science Education Program
The Environmental Health Perspectives Science Education Program promotes environmental health literacy, using scientific literature to teach high school and undergraduate students the principles of environmental health science. Educators can access learning modules for grades 9–12, then post comments about their experiences using the materials. Topics include air, water, land, food, climate change, and environmentally related diseases.
- Science Fiction and Scientific Literacy Worksheets
Author and biologist Julie E. Czerneda’s website provides science fiction and scientific literacy worksheets that you can adapt for use in your classroom. Documents cover a range of topics from classroom activities (e.g., “Alien by Design”) to self-assessment tools (e.g., “Are You a Scientifically Literate Person?”) to “Web Resources of Interest” and “Tips on Using Science Fiction to Encourage Reading.”
- Cosmic Times
Cosmic Times is a collection of curriculum materials for grades 7–12 that traces the history of our understanding of the universe during the past 100 years, from Albert Einstein’s formulation of gravity to the discovery of dark energy. Six newspaper-style posters describe the important discoveries that occurred during a particular year. (Note: For more on how to incorporate Cosmic Times in your classroom, see James Lochner and Barbara Mattson’s Idea Bank in the November 2009 issue of TST.)
- Adolescent Literacy Toolkit
Compiled by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Adolescent Literacy Toolkit encourages and prepares high school teachers to embed literacy strategies into their instruction. Detailed descriptions of lessons include examples of the strategies in action. The sample science lessons cover the role of heat in chemical reactions, the phases of mitosis, and circular motion.
The NSTA Learning Center
With more than 6,000 resources, quality professional development opportunities (many of which are free), and management and reporting tools, The NSTA Learning Center can help with your professional development needs. To check out The NSTA Learning Center, click here. This month, The NSTA Learning Center is sharing a customized collection of resources. When you visit the site, you can explore the available resources, add other NSTA resources, and upload your own. The sample includes the following:
- Web Seminar: Media Literacy in the 21st Century: WGBH Teachers Domain
Web Seminars are 90-minute, live, professional development experiences that allow participants to interact with leading scientists and education specialists through online learning technologies. The “Media Literacy in the 21st Century: WGBH Teachers Domain” Web Seminar discusses the resources available in the WGBH Teachers Domain and reliable source criteria.
- Science Object: Resources and Human Impact: Population Growth, Technology, and the Environment
Science Objects are two-hour, online interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. The “Resources and Human Impact: Population Growth, Technology, and the Environment” Science Object explores how technology can solve problems but at the same time create new strains on the environment.