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Friday, March 2


Cool Tools on the Web for Science
Free online resources to teach science that you may not have found yet. Some of the best downloads, interactives, video sources, and more. We will also discuss some free presentation tools for your computer. Upper elementary through high school emphasis.


Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am


the 'Science' of iPads
As a recipient of one of the Utah State Superintendent's innovative grant, we have implemented a one to one with iPads. This Session will examine the use of the iPad use in secondary science. Mr Thomas is an energetic teacher who has incorporated the iPad into his daily routine.

Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Saturday, March 3


NASA Design Challenge: Can You Deliver? (Safely to Mars)
NASA education specialist, working with an on-site specialist, will SKYPE into this session to present a fun engaging activity. Your students are presented with an engineering design challenge.... Deliver a given cargo safely to the surface of another planet - Mars! NASA and PBS's Design Squad program have collaborated on a new educator guide which presents 6 engineering challenges. This activity introduces students to the engineering design process, from brainstorming to summary report. Given a particular set of materials, student teams design, build and test prototypes. Cell phones and digital imagery are used to document the tests and analyze results. Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics... this lesson has it all.

Saturday March 3, 2012 8:00am - 9:00am


Finding Scientific Research Opportunities for You and Your Students
Good science teachers know that activities are more meaningful if they are inquiry-based, using real data acquired by the students themselves. The challenge is finding authentic research opportunities and projects. We will share the successes we've had and some of the programs available to teachers and/or students to do real, open-ended research using authentic data from NASA and elsewhere. We'll also talk about alternative research projects, such as podcasts, vodcasts, internships, job shadowing, and research on the history of science.

Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am


Visual multimedia for learning: What, When, and How?
Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Have you found yourself looking for digital images to augment your lessons and engage your learners? Should you pick a website with detailed pictures or abstract diagrams? In this session, research findings from studies on learning with visual representations will be used to engage teachers in thinking about what types of visuals are most useful for instruction, when they should be used, and how to support students in thinking deeply about visuals presented in the classroom. In this session, we will discuss how to reconcile and implement varied findings from the research literature. For example, research has found that abstract representations support knowledge transfer to new tasks but that novices need concrete representations that can be connected to background knowledge. The first half of this session will be an interactive presentation, in which examples will be used to facilitate discussion. The second half of the presentation will be a demonstration of how to use readily-available digital tools (e.g., PowerPoint and Google images) to create and modify optimal visuals for instruction and learning. Teachers are encouraged to bring a laptop equipped with PowerPoint and wireless access in order to follow along and try out hands-on techniques.


Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am