Science

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!

Assessment Tools in the Science Classroom

How do you know if your students are understanding those difficult science concepts? Bringing  your evaluations into the 21st century with some of the best web based assessment tools can help you do just that! Learn how you can use these tools to create presentations which students can interact with through polls, quizzes, videos, drawing activities, and more!

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!

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.

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 including tablet devices, iPads, and free or low-cost web tools, in order to enhance your students work and strengthen their understanding.

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.

Assessment Tools in the Science Classroom

How do you know if students are ?etting it??Free tools for assessing students' knowledge abound. There are options for multiple platforms, each with a unique strength. Bring your evaluations into the 21st century with these web-based solutions for student assessment.

Digital Lab Reports for the Science Classroom

Leave the handwritten report behind with Teqs Digital Lab Reports course! Learn how to create top-notch interactive lab reports using a variety of collaborative tools including tablet devices, iPads, and free or low-cost web tools, in order to enhance your students work and strengthen their understanding.

Going Mobile

Whether you are in a 1-1 environment, a BYOD school, cart access, or a class set of iPads, there are a bunch of apps to support science learning. See how integrating these devices into your instruction can open students eyes to the world around them.

Science and Your Interactive White Board

We will look at IWB software and standards, and best practices in using these in the classroom. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will also be incorporated into these examples. Developing useful content is no easy task, but you will learn some ways in which to shorten the process and locate some well-developed, pre-made content.

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