NSTA Express
 Main NSTA Website | Become an NSTA Member | Register for a Convention | NSTA Express Feedback | June 9, 2003



Table of Contents

Digital Library Will House World's Largest Collection of Science-Related Material
5-Week Online JASON Course for Primary-Grade Teachers Starts June 23
Need Funds to Attend the NSTA National Convention in Atlanta? We Can Help.
Save Time, Trial, and Error in the Hunt for Materials: "What Does NSTA Recommends® Say?"
Alamo Rent-A-Car Offers Big Discounts for NSTA Members

Digital Library Will House World's Largest Collection of Science-Related Material

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL), a National Science Foundation (NSF) website, offers free science-related resources to the public, including text, graphics, interactive video, links, and other resources pertinent to computing, engineering, global mapping, physics, mathematics, earth science, paleontology, and more. By 2007, the site will house the largest collection of science-related material available on the Internet, and it will include three portals—mega-websites that can personalize a broad array of Internet functions. The portals will be titled Using Data in the Classroom, NSDL Educators Portal, and Science Pictures.

The digital library opened to the public in December 2002, and NSF continues to accept proposals for projects that enhance the quality and widen the scope of the site. Currently, 119 projects have received NSF funding for inclusion on the site. These projects consist of smaller-scope digital libraries (such as the Digital Library for Earth System Education), message boards that link visitors with experts, collections of news articles, and more.

For more information, visit the NSDL at http://nsdl.org.

(back)

5-Week Online JASON Course for Primary-Grade Teachers Starts June 23

Science and Young Children, an online course from the JASON Academy that begins on June 23, covers teaching strategies for instruction, assessment, and classroom management of an activities-based earth, life, and physical sciences course for pre-K through third grade. Each week, the class will focus on a variety of hands-on activities, pedagogical features, and an action research opportunity.  Other new courses starting June 23 are Teaching Science Safely in the Elementary School, Teaching Science Safely in the Middle School, and Rainforests—Endangered Ecosystems. The five-week courses offer five CEUs and one or two graduate credits. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on course tuition. For course descriptions and registration information, visit http://www.jason.org/academy, or call toll-free, 888-527-6600.

(back)

Need Funds to Attend the NSTA National Convention in Atlanta? We Can Help.

NSTA offers a number of award and recognition programs for pre-K–college science educators and principals—all of which reward recipients with funds to attend the NSTA National Convention in Atlanta, April 1–4, 2004. Do you have an innovative science program that encourages students to explore and investigate science? Let us know by applying for one of the many awards. You can also nominate one of your colleagues for his or her outstanding work. Download applications now (http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp)—before you leave for summer break—and you'll be sure to make the October 15, 2003, deadline.

(back)

Save Time, Trial, and Error in the Hunt for Materials: "What Does NSTA Recommends® Say?"

NSTA Recommends®, located at http://www.nsta.org/recommends/ on the NSTA Website, can be your best source and should be your first stop in searching out the new as well as the tried and true in science teaching materials...and it's a free service for members and non-members! NSTA's panel of reviewers—highly regarded teachers and outstanding science educators—has determined that the books, kits, software, and video products recommended in the constantly expanding database are among the best available for science teaching. Search the site by title/keyword, author, grade level, category, review text, or any of 46 subjects—from Administration to Genetics to Oceanography to Technology. What's more, you are invited to add your own comments to those of the reviewer. And of course, publishers are invited to submit products for review by the NSTA Recommends panel.  

(back)

Alamo Rent-A-Car Offers Big Discounts for NSTA Members

NSTA members enjoy discounts of up to 15% off automobile rentals. For a limited time, members can receive $20 off a weekly rental (some restrictions apply). Have your NSTA Member Number handy when you visit www.alamo.com, or call 800-354-2322 and reference Request ID 195350, Coupon Code DB21, and Rate Code BY.

Just another way NSTA is working for YOU!

If you're not a member and wish to take advantage of this great offer, visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp.

(back)


Not a member and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!

NSTA Express Feedback
Please take a moment and use this form to submit suggestions for NSTA Express to the NSTA Express team:


If you would rather use email to send suggestions, please send them here: nstaexpress@nsta.org

Hope you found this Monday’s edition of NSTA Express an interesting, quick read and a worthwhile update on the latest news and information from the National Science Teachers Association. Our goal is to save you time by delivering information each week in short "news bites," so if you'd like to know more, simply select the headline quick link. NSTA continues to create resources and improve services for science educators. If you're not already a member, we invite you to join the crowd by going to www.nsta.org/whyjoin

(back)


THE FINE PRINT
This e-newsletter is brought to you by the National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201-3000
Phone: (703) 243-7100
http://www.nsta.org

If you want to receive NSTA Express by e-mail, please follow this link: http://www.nsta.org/newsletters
If you do not want to receive NSTA Express by e-mail, please follow this link: http://ecommerce.nsta.org/optout?email=<#EMAIL#>&source=nstaexpress