Science

Engaging in Citizen Science

There is so much to monitor in our natural world — too much for scientists to handle alone! To maximize efforts, scientists often recruit citizen scientists to help. A citizen scientist is a member of the general public or an amateur scientist. While issues with data validity and collection standardization exist with this method, without it much of the natural world would go unobserved. Join us to learn about citizen science, how you can use it in your classroom to provide authenticity to a project, and learn some tips for keeping your collections valid!

Strategies for Long-Term Science Investigations

In this session, we'll introduce you to strategies to make your long-term science investigations run smoothly! Explore a variety of topics, the different steps and sections of a science investigation, and then view samples to guide your students to success. With help from resources like Urban Advantage, you'll have everything you need to have your students hit the ground running!

"Food for Thought" - Sweet Science

Here at Teq, we're hungry for education! Combining food and education is a great way to engage students during class. Join us in this session, aimed at middle and high school teachers, and discover how you can incorporate food into your next science lesson!

Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Innovations in science are happening at a rapid rate. Often driven by technology and human ingenuity, these advancements must be supported from the ground up in future working populations to sustain this growth. That's where the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) come in, since strong K-12 science standards can help to prepare students for careers within this discipline. Join us to learn about the inner workings of the NGSS and how to read them in a way that helps you to frame engaging science activities.

Sparkfun micro:climate kit Basics

Spring has sprung, but the weather has been all over the place! Turn weather patterns into a lesson by monitoring atmospheric conditions with the micro:climate kit. Join this session to discover what's in the kit, and how to get started using it in the classroom.

Revising Traditional Labs with Inquiry Thinking - Part 2

Don't let those old textbook lessons go to waste! Now that you are familiar with inquiry thinking, join us as we transform traditional labs through the various levels of inquiry: confirmation, structured, guided, and open. After this session, you'll be ready to customize your own resources to best suit your classroom's needs.

Using Sphero to Enhance Middle School Science Lessons

Sphero is the programmable robot that can roll, spin, swim... and supplement your next middle school science class! Join our curriculum specialists to learn how Sphero can be used in different areas of science to enhance your lessons. We'll have a ball!

Revising Traditional Labs with Inquiry Thinking - Part 1

Have you ever experienced the following scenario? A science teacher gives his students a lab on the rock cycle. The students spend 20 minutes working through the lab, following each step closely. After the lab activity the teacher administers an exit ticket as an informal way of assessing understanding, only to see little to no improvement. If you're looking for strategies to increase content retention in the science classroom, join our session to learn some ways to revise traditional labs and increase inquiry thinking.

Creating Your Own STEAM Makerspace Program: Ideas & Considerations

Were you unable to attend our session at ISTE 2018? Well, here it is! Makerspaces are becoming cornerstones of schools’ STEAM offerings. From low-tech buildable options to high-tech coded 3D prints, and some things in between, we’ve got a session to help you figure out what’s right for your solution. Bring your imagination and flex your creative muscles!

Playground Physics

Do your students love running to the swings or using the slide during recess? Well, that interest might be your ticket to an engaging lesson! Physics makes the seesaw saw, the slide just right, and the balance beam balance. Join us to learn how to use your playground to teach simple machines in this exciting PD session!

Representing Data in Charts

The purpose of a chart is to visualize data in a way that accurately represents the story a dataset is telling. Tools like Excel, Google Sheets, and Numbers offer a wide variety of chart options and it is sometimes difficult to decide which works best for your purpose and identify which don’t work at all. Join us as we discuss what components are important in various chart types and the ways you can help students choose the appropriate chart for their dataset!

Web Resources to Welcome the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is just around the corner, and it's the year of the Brown Dog! The Brown Dog symbolizes a strong and active Earth. If you don't have activities planned, don’t fret! This session will provide you with plenty of resources and ideas to bring the culture and science of the Lunar New Year to your classroom!

Digital Lab Reports

Leave the handwritten report behind with Teq's Digital Lab Reports course! Learn how to create top-notch interactive lab reports using a variety of collaborative tools in order to enhance your students work and strengthen their understanding..

Building a Digital Portfolio for a Future in Computer Science

It is difficult to confidently map out what a typical computer science degree contains because of how much rapid growth has occurred in the field in the past 10 years alone. Due to this portfolios are becoming increasingly important as a way to show prospective colleges, or employers academic growth and accomplishment. Join us as we discuss what a student interested in a career in computer science's portfolio should include, how a portfolio differs from a resume and some recommended resources for building a digital portfolio all in the context of computer science!

3D Printing: Modeling Geometric Shapes in Tinkercad

3D Printing is becoming increasingly popular in education, and for good reason. The process of creating a print from start to finish addresses many important standards students need to become 21st Century Citizens, for instance, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving as outlined in the 21st Century Framework and Common Core standard MP4: Model with Mathematics. Join us as we define the design process in the context of a classroom and dive into the beginning steps: planning and designing a 3D Print. By the end of this session, you will have the knowledge and steps needed to start a lesson on modeling geometric shapes with  an easy to use design tool, Tinkercad!

Teq DTC: Microsoft Office 365 Session 7 - Excel

In session 7 of our Microsoft Digital Teacher Certification our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to best organize and analyze your data with Microsoft Excel. Excel lets you create, view, and share spreadsheets while collaborating with others in real time. With this powerful tool, administrators can organize student information, develop school budgets, and create engaging charts to represent academic performance and population demographics their schools serve. Teachers can construct gradebooks, discuss and view realistic data sets, teach mathematics and science fundamentals, organize resources for class projects, and more!  If you have data to collect and analyze Excel is a great tool to consider!

Measurements and Unit Conversions in Google Earth

Join us to learn all about using the built-in measurement tools in Google Earth. We'll discuss specific uses of these in classroom relevant situations so you can provide real-world applications to the Measurement and Data standards across grades levels!

Tools to Support Literacy in Science

Joining science and literacy creates a perfect pair. Gone are the days where science and ELA are two seperate content areas. For students to seek answers to questions, understand real world phenomena, compare and analyze data, communicate with each other successfully, and express their findings or ideas through graphs and words - students will need to blend both their scientific knowledge and literacy skills together. Come join our Curriculum Specialists as we dive in to various tools and resources to help support literacy in science for your middle to high school students!

TED-Ed Videos for the Science Classroom

TED-Ed is a lesson planning resource created by TED, a media organization with the mission of spreading innovative and noteworthy ideas. We’ll explore the free videos TED-Ed has on their YouTube channel, and gather some ideas about how to incorporate these videos into your classroom instruction. In this session our Curriculum Specialists will share with you three exemplary examples of TED-Ed’s top Science videos, and the creative ways to use them as discussion starters or tools to support learning standards. 

Digital Manipulatives for the Science Classroom

There are a large variety of resources on the web to support science curriculum for all grade levels. These include Shockwave Flash simulators, Java applets, and a plethora of Flash videos. We will discover how to find, download, and make good use of these high-quality teaching aids. How are you going to distribute this to your students? We will take a quick tour of how Google Classroom and other options can be used to share content with students and support the learning environment.

Labdisc: Measuring UV Light

Have you ever wondered what is the BEST sunscreen and SPF number to protect you from the intense UV light given off by the sun? In this course, we will measure the effectiveness of various SPF ratings for sunblocks using the labdisc.You will need an Enviro labdisc to perform this activity. Our curriculum specialists will show you how to set up your Labdisc, conduct an experiment, collect data, and manipulate the data all within the Labdisc - Globilab sofrware. Join us to learn one of the many engaging uses of Labdisc in the science classroom!

Labdisc: Solubility

In this course we'll look at just one of the many applications of a Labdisc in the Chemistry classroom. You can use any Labdisc to perform this activity. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to conduct an experiment to identify temperature's influence on a substance's solubility using the temperature probe provided with your Labdisc. They will then show you how to analyze and manipulate the data within the Globilab software as well as extensions you could bring to your classroom!

Labdisc: Heart Rate

In this course we'll look at just one of the many applications of a Labdisc in the Biology classroom. You will need a BioChem Labdisc to perform this activity. Our Curriculum Specialists will show you how to conduct an experiment to measure heart rate using the heart rate sensor provided with your Labdisc. They will then show you how to analyze and manipulate the data within the Labdisc software.

Apple iPad apps: Science

Join our PD team as we explore some of our top educational apps in science. Remember building a solar system in school? We have an app that will take this project to a whole new level with more interactivity than ever before. In addition, we will explore our universe and galaxies through mobile devices as well as working with topics for elementary students.

Labdisc - pH of Beverages

In this course we'll look at another classroom use of Labdiscs. You will need either an enviro, general science, or biochem Labdisc to perform this activity. We will be predicting the pH of various household beverages and then measure the pH with more accuracy using the Labdisc. We will then analyze and manipulate the data of the acidity of different beverages within the Labdisc software.

Labdisc - Sound Waves

In this course we'll look at another classroom use of Labdiscs. We'll be analyzing sounds and their waves, calculating their frequencies, and then trying to determine an unknown frequency. This requires either a gensci or physio Labdisc. 

Enhancing Science Experiments with Labdisc

Join us to learn about Labdisc, an engaging data collection tool to help bring your science experiments to a whole new level. Labdisc can be used for a variety of experimental procedures, and can assist in many parts of the scientific process. Come see it in action with our PD Specialists as we take a look at its functionality in a classroom relevant situation.

Creating Digital Lab Notebooks with Elements

Sharing experiment results is an important step in the scientific process. Perkin Elmer, a known leader in laboratory technology has a platform that helps bring the scientific process into the 21st century classroom with cloud-based sharing and collaboration. Elements enables your students to gather and collaborate on lab content through a web browser, eliminating the need for software installation and managing licenses. See how this powerful tool can change your lab culture. Sign up for a free account here, prior to the class.

PBL with Google for the Science Classroom

See how Google can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement Google-based PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your classroom. In this course, you will learn how to use Google's free tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom in the context of a science lesson.

Cool Peripherals for the Science Classroom

Labs are full of amazing instruments including microscopes, sensors, and probes. Learn how to integrate these relatively inexpensive items into your science curriculum and enrich your students' science experiences.

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