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Al Byers Assistant Executive Director National Science Teachers Association. Turning Ideas into Reality Science Objects, SciPacks and The NSTA Learning Center. N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N.

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N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

Al ByersAssistant Executive Director

National Science Teachers Association

Turning Ideas into Reality

Science Objects, SciPacks andThe NSTA Learning Center

N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

PurposePresent an overview of NSTA’s new e-learning PD product and a systems-based approach to consuming high quality PD resources viaThe NSTA Learning Center

Turning Ideas into Reality:Session Purpose

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Professional development

Yes Ms. Hellens, I did say it would be great if we could better ‘train’ our teachers…but this is not exactly what I had in mind !

Professional Development


E learning the hype

Barclay! The adjacent school district’s test scores went up 25% last year apparently due to ‘e-learning.’ Whatever that is I want two of them!

E-learning…the hype


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The NationalScience Teachers Association

The NSTA’s Mission:To promote excellence and innovation in Science Teaching and Learning for All

The Issues:

  • Science

  • Scale

  • Sustainability

CBR Perspective: Year 1 MSP Projects invested 100 million dollars. Half of 361 project reported serving 48 or fewer teachers with over 50% projects costing $250,000 or more. 49,500 total teachers affected. 2006: $183 million for 500 projects

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N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

Bridging the Gap betweenResearch and Practice in PD

What we know—LSC Core Evaluation:K-8 Weaknesses (75,000 data points)

  • What % of classrooms portrayed science as dynamic body of knowledge?

  • What % of classrooms had appropriate/ worthwhile degree of “sense making” on presented content?

Only 24%

Only 12%

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N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

Bridging the Gap betweenResearch and Practice in PD

What we know—LSC Core Evaluation:K-8 Weaknesses (75,000 data points)

“Teachers of Science” with less then 16 hours of PD in Science Education in last 3 years

  • What % at K-4 level?

  • What % at 5-8 level?

  • What % at 9-12 level?

76%

57%

32%

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N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

The Research:Increased Content Knowledge

A positive correlation exists between student achievement and teachers’ content knowledge(Cochran-Smith and Zeichner, 2005; Darling-Hammond and Bransford, 2005; Goldhaber and Brewer, 1998; Goldhaber and Brewer, 2000; Grossman, 2005; Ma, 1999; Monk, 1994; Wenglinsky, 2002; Wilson, Floden and Ferrini-Mundy, 2001)

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N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

The Challenge:Accessible Content Knowledge

How provide PD resources that are:

  • affordable,

  • of “High Quality,”

  • standards-aligned,

  • content-specific,

  • available on-demand,

  • supports local curriculum

    to support the nation’s2 million teachers of science?

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N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

PD Products and Services

My Prof. Develop.Plan

connector

reminder

MyCalendar

MyPortfolio

MyLibrary

OnlinePD Catalog

SearchEngine

TeacherPD Indexer

connector

connector

document

MyTranscript

NSTACertification

NSTA’s e-PD Solution:The NSTA Learning Center

University

Online Affiliates

Online

Journal Articles

Regional/State Face-to-Face PD

NSTA SciPacks and Science Objects

SciGuides

NSTABooks and

online Chapters

Symposia &

PD Institutes

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NSTA’s Solution


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SciPackHigh Level Production Cycle

Content

Development

5 weeks per SO20-25 weeks per SciPack

2 weeks/SO10 weeks/SciPack

2 weeks/SO10 weeks/SciPack

5 weeks/SO20-25 weeks/SciPack

2 weeks

8 weeks tocreate Scope

Process Repeats for each Science Object

Analysisand Design

Development

Phase 1

Review

Round 1

Development

Phase 2

Review

Round 2

Release

PilotTesting

Annual

Evaluation

  • Scope completed

  • Key Ideas and Evidences Identified

  • PI component for scope created

  • Evidences refined in light of PI content

  • PI for SciPack started

  • Writer creates content

  • Media storyboards created

  • Content Authored into LCMS

  • Content reviewed online

  • Reviews Conducted:end user, assessment, scope adherence, content

  • Revisions based on reviews

  • Media created and imported into LCMS

  • Content reviewed online

  • Reviews Conducted:end user, assessment, accessibility, content, and editorial

  • Content ported from development to public delivery server

  • Quality Assurance testing

  • Formative evaluation of SciPacks and SO’s

  • Analysis of captured assessment data

  • Analysis of Data collected through LCMS

~8 months to complete 1 SciPack


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Life Science

  • Cell Structure and Function

  • Cell Division and Differentiation

  • Cells and Chemical Reactions

  • Regulation and Behavior of Organisms

  • Heredity and Variation

  • Biological Evolution

  • Natural Selection

  • Interdependence of Life

  • Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

  • Resources and Human Impact

  • Earth and Space Science

  • Earth, Sun and Moon

  • Gravity and Orbits

  • The Solar System

  • The Universe

  • Weather and Climate

  • Earth’s Changing Surface

  • Earth’s History

  • Rock Cycle

  • Plate Tectonics

  • Physical Science

  • Magnetic and Electric Forces

  • Force and Motion

  • Nature of Light

  • Energy

  • Elements, Atoms and Molecules

  • Atomic Structure

  • Chemical Reactions

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The Proof is in the Pilots3 District Pilot Tests

  • Three Districts in 3 states

    • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC

    • Omaha Public Schools, NE

    • Everett Public Schools, WA

  • Blended f2f and online only

  • Participants Feedback

  • Independent third-party pre/post assessment instrument

  • Final embedded assessment

  • N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    The Proof is in the Pilots3 District Pilot Tests

    Participant Feedback very confident in their abilities to teach the subject matter:

    7%: Before completing F&M SciPack

    60%: After completing F&M SciPack

    • 98%: Found SciPack content relevant to their needs

    • 96%: Would recommend SciPack to their colleagues

    • 98%: Found interactive sims worthwhile to their learning

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    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    The Proof is in the Pilots3 District Pilot Tests

    Pre/Post Assessment and Final Assessment Results

    • Horizon Research, Inc. Instrument:positive significant gains in learning between pre/post test results

    • Final Assessment: 92% passed the final assessment

      Current and Future Pilots

    • State of West Virginia Pilot

    • Tri-state Pilot: VT-NH-RI

    • Are other MSP Projects interested?

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    Science Objects Launch November, 2006

    33 Science Objects released as part of Beta Launch of the NSTA Learning Center

    Topic Areas:

    • Force and Motion

    • The Universe

    • The Solar System

    • Gravity and Orbits

    • Energy

    • Earth, Sun & Moon

    • Coral Reef Ecosystems

    • Plate Tectonics

    • Rocks

    N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    • 1-2 hour discrete online learning experience in a particular topic

    • Incorporates interactive simulations of phenomena in an engaging way

    • Embeds questions to promote interaction and learning via 5E inquiry strategy

    • Based on the science literacy goals in the science education standards

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    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    NSTA’s Solution:Science Objects

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    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    Sample Interactives and Multimedia from various Science Objects

    • Air Track

    • Seismic Waves

    • Phases of the Moon

    N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    • 5-10 Hour On-line Learning Experience

    • 3-5 Science Objects, plus

      • Individualized email support

      • Pedagogical Implications component

      • Final assessment


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    Discuss need & challenge

    Present NSTA solution

    Science Objects

    SciPacks

    Present a PD system to support solution on a national scale

    Turning Ideas into Reality:NSTA e-PD Portal

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    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    Pedagogical Implications Component

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    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    NSTA’s Solution:Science Objects

    N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    NSTA’s Solution:Science Objects

    N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    NSTA’s Solution:Science Objects

    N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    Support Components for SciPacks

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    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    Support Components for SciPacks

    • Orientation/Navigation Support(how to navigation SciPack)

    • Technical Support Help Desk(issues accessing content)

    • Subject Matter Expert Wizard(intelligent coach via email)

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    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    The Caution: Strategic Analysis ofOnline PD for Mathematics

    Online Professional Development (OPD) for Mathematics Teachers: A Strategic Analysis

    From Executive Summary

    • “This review did not find a single OPD site that provided independent evidence of its effectiveness…”

    • “OPD sites lack the capacity to demonstrate user progress that can be attributed to these tools. For example, they lack rigorous independent assessments of what teachers learned...”

      Alan Ginsburg, US Department of Education; Tracy Gray, American Institutes for Research;Douglas Levin, American Institutes for Research, June 2004.

    N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    OPD for Mathematics Teachers:A Strategic Analysis-Table Summary

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    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    Address Scale/Impact on National Level

    Wealth of resources

    Face-to-Face PD, Online Journal Articles, SciGuides, NSTA Books and Online Chapters, Symposia and Web Seminars, University Online Affiliates, SciPacks and Science Objects, and more.

    Facilitates learning and assesses comprehension

    Available on-demand 24-7-365

    Affordable and sustainable

    Turning Ideas into Reality:The NSTA Learning Center

    N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    For a beta preview of the

    NSTA Learning Center

    http://learningcenter.nsta.org


    N a t i o n a l s c i e n c e t e a c h e r s a s s o c i a t i o n

    Thank You

    Al [email protected]

    PH: 703-312-9294

    N A T I O N A L S C I E N C E T E A C H E R S A S S O C I A T I O N


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