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Drs. Wang and Hsu, associate processors from School of Education, successfully completed professional development workshops for 33 New York City middle school science teachers. The workshops were conducted during July 8-19. The two cohorts of teachers received training simultaneously on two sites, Manhattan and Old Westbury. The training modules covered topics in water quality and evolution theory, and focused on using technologies to enhance students’ new literacy and scientific practices.
For the water quality module, teachers used cyber databases such as U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collect water quality data. Then, they used Google Spreadsheet to log in data and create charts to analyze the data collected. Teachers used social networking site to share their research findings. They also went on a field trip to the Shu Swamp Nature Preserve and Ransom Beach in Locust Valley, Long Island to collect on-site water samples to compare with the data collected from cyber databases, with iPads and probewares provided through this workshop. Teachers enacted through the scientific practices to enhance their understanding and teaching of how human decisions and activities have had a profound impact on the physical and living environment.
For evolution theory module, teachers used cyber databases to collect multimodal information about Galapagos finches, created charts and tables to compare and contrast information. They also went on a virtual field trip through Google Earth to observe the living environments of the finches they selected to research from different islands. Then they created placemarks in Google Earth to present their research findings.
Both cohorts of teachers walked away from the workshops with a solid framework and pedagogy to integrating technology into their curriculum. As one among many teacher summarized, “Thanks you so very much for providing this training. This was the best pd experience I have ever had in my 14 years of teaching science. It was awesome. You guys rock.”
Drs. Wang and Hsu would like to acknowledge the team members, three graduate research assistants and two teacher leaders for their support in this PD: Edward Powers, John Gienau, Markella Karousis, Mrs. Jean Prosada, and Mrs. Vivian Alforque.
Cohort 2 teacher's took group photo after the workshop was completed.
School of Education graduate students Edward Powers, John Gienau, and Markella Karousis helped facilitated and conducted the workshops.
Cohort 3 teachers collected water quality using iPad and probeware.
Cohort 3 teachers took a group photo during the water data collection filed trip.