Coweta Science Update

May 2019

Coweta Classroom Innovation Summit

The Coweta Innovation Summit is an opportunity for Coweta educators to share their work with other Coweta Educators. Sessions cover different classroom topics like STEM/STEAM, Google Apps & Add-ons, PBIS, & more. Its a fun, safe environment to learn new things to help spark growth in your classroom or school. Door prizes include a 50 inch LCD TV, Yeti Coolers, and more "summer fun" items.


Date: Friday, May 31, 2019

Time: 8:30am-4:00pm -Lunch Provided- VARSITY FOOD TRUCK- 2 entrees, 1 side

Location: Nixon Centre for the Arts

Cost: $20 ($25 for non-Coweta attendees) Make check payable to "Coweta STEM Institute". Send via courier to Donald White at Werz by May 24 or pay at the door.

Register Here

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CWET Summer Water Adventure

The Coweta Water Education Team is offering 22 Coweta educators the opportunity to learn about water issues in Georgia. This year, the team will travel to Sapelo Island July 15-18. We will visit the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and Hog Hammock. All expenses are paid for by the Coweta Water Education Team. Transportation is also provide upon request. Attendees must agree to implementing lessons in their classrooms related to their experience with the project. Space is limited. Register Here

Art Improves Science Performance

Art and science may seem like polar opposites. One involves the creative flow of ideas, and the other cold, hard data — or so some people believe. In fact, the two have much in common. Both require a lot of creativity. People also use both to better understand the world around us. Now, a study finds, art also can help students remember better what they learned in science class. Find out more here

Putting Investigation and Design at the Center of Science Instruction

This powerful infographic from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine showcases how teachers can support students with investigation and design. Learn more about the report here.

Free Classroom Resources from NSTA

The National Science Teachers Association provides all teachers with access to free resources developed by NSTA and their partner groups. You can access them using this link. You can also find free journal articles, book chapters, and more in the NSTA bookstore using this link.

2019 GIFT Internships for Teachers


Founded in 1991 as a program of the Georgia Institute of Technology's CEISMC, GIFT provides paid summer STEM internships in industry workplaces and university laboratories for K-12 science, mathematics, and technology teachers. Teachers spend 4 to 7 weeks experiencing first hand how industrial scientists and researchers approach problems, design experiments, interpret data, communicate findings, and develop and implement workplace solutions. GIFT offers teachers "real world" applications of the subjects they teach, allowing them to increase content knowledge and gain practical examples of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics applications for enriched instruction and teaching practices based on evidence-based experiences. Since its founding, GIFT has placed teachers in more than 2000 positions statewide.


https://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/gift

Science in the Swamp

The Okefenokee RESA & the Okefenokee Swamp Park will be conducting a professional learning opportunity June 3 - 5, 2019 at the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, GA. Target audience is teachers of grades 3-5, but others are welcome. Register here.
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Georgia Tech Invention Studio Virtual Field Trip

Calling all thinkers, tinkers, and inventors!
GPB Education will be live streaming from Georgia Tech’s Flowers Invention Studio in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 10 AM to 11 AM EST. This live virtual field trip will offer students an inside look into one of the nation’s leading makerspaces as they learn about the engineering design process, hear from Georgia Tech students, and see ideas transform into inventions. The program is aligned to Georgia standards and targets an audience in 3rd-8th grades. Find out more and register by clicking on this link.

New Science Teaching Resources

New Sample Science Tasks

Three-dimensional science standards based on A Framework for K-12 Science Education (like the GSE) raise several questions about how to monitor student progress toward those learning goals. The Task Annotation Project in Science (TAPS) was launched to provide an answer to the questions “what does it look like to ask students to demonstrate progress toward three-dimensional standards?” and “what are the most important features of high-quality science tasks?” By asking a diverse set of experts to identify concrete features of three-dimensional assessment tasks across multiple domains of science across the K-12 spectrum, this project was designed to 1) collaboratively provide concrete, annotated examples of different kinds of three-dimensional assessments, highlighting features of high-quality science assessments and opportunities for improvement, and 2) surface lessons learned from looking across grades, domains, and task purposes.

This suite of resources includes annotated examples of assessment tasks for elementary, middle, and high school as well as a series of short resources that highlight the major takeaways across the whole project. These include:

  • Project-wide takeaways for educators, administrators, policy-makers, and assessment developers.
  • The “must-have” features of all three-dimensional science assessments.
  • Features of equitable science assessments.
  • Features of high-quality scenarios that drive three-dimensional assessments.
  • A practical definition of sense-making and its critical role in distinguishing three-dimensional assessments from more traditional science assessments.
  • Lessons-learned about how to assess science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts.
  • Implications for science assessment systems, including large-scale assessments, and recommendations for decision-makers involved in assessment design.

Tasks by Grade Band:
Click the links below to explore the set of task annotations in each grade band:

Interactive Video Quizzes

Using scientific phenomena to engage your students is an effective learning strategy. Sometimes you may not have easy access to the live version of the phenomenon so you may need to use a YouTube video (maybe from the Georgia Science Teacher Phenomena Bank). It helps if you can make the video interactive for your students. One way is to use Vizia.


Vizia is a free tool for creating video-based quizzes. On Vizia you an import a video from YouTube or from Wistia and then add questions along the timeline of the video. You can ask multiple choice questions as well as short answer/ open-response questions. Adding a poll question into the video is also a possibility in Vizia. All of the responses to your questions are collected in a spreadsheet that you can download and or open in Google Sheets.

When you create a Vizia video quiz you have the option to require that viewers enter their names and email addresses before they begin. Alternatively, you could make the first question in the video a prompt to enter a name.
Tired of Kahoot? Try GimKit. Gimkit is a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win. Gimkit is made and maintained by a high school student from Seattle. He worked to make a review game he wanted to play in class. Students answer questions on their own device at their own pace. Throughout a Kit, each student will get exposure to the questions multiple times to ensure mastery. Students earn in-game cash by answering questions correctly. But be careful, an incorrect answer will cost you! Students can reinvest their money by purchasing upgrades & powerups. With over 2.5 million combinations, students can make purchases that suit their strengths. After each game, you'll have access to a report with formative assessment data for you to use to tailor classroom instruction. It's compatible with Quizlet too. Your kids will beg you to play it again!

Argumentation Toolkit

Looking for ways to address those GSE standards that require students to construct an argument? Looking to find more time for science in your classroom by connecting it to literacy? Find useful tools for teaching scientific argumentation here: http://www.argumentationtoolkit.org/

How has your address changed over the past 750 Million Years?

This Map Lets You Plug in Your Address to See How It’s Changed Over the Past 750 Million Years--great for teaching concepts like change over time, location, and human/environment interaction. Read more here. Go straight to the map here.

Science Google Classroom Codes

Don't miss out on new resources and freebies! Join the Science Google Classrooms! Use the class codes listed below.


Elementary: uz7l4 (that's a lowercase L...not a 1)

Middle: wumkvdb

High: s0ei0d (those are zeros...not Os)

STEM/STEAM Resources

Upcoming Professional Learning

Summer Science PL K-2

Wednesday, June 5th, 8:30am-3:30pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard, Newnan, GA, USA

This session will help teachers connect science and literacy as well as develop common assessments for 3D Science. This session is for Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade teachers. Use this link to register. A $100 stipend is offered to teachers who complete the training.

Summer Science PL 3-5

Tuesday, June 11th, 8:30am-3:30pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard

Newnan, GA

This session will help teachers connect science and literacy as well as develop common assessments for 3D Science. This session is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade teachers. Use this link to register. A $100 stipend is offered to teachers who complete the training.

Summer Science PL 6-8

Thursday, June 13th, 8:30am-3:30pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard

Newnan, GA

This session will allow teachers to create and explore resources for science as well as develop common assessments for 3D Science.This session is for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade teachers. Use this link to register. A $100 stipend is offered to teachers who complete the training.

Summer Science PL 9-12

Monday, June 17th, 8:30am-3:30pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard

Newnan, GA

This session will allow teachers to create and explore resources for science as well as develop common assessments for 3D Science. This session is for biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, and physics teachers. Use this link to register. A $100 stipend is offered to teachers who complete the training.

Comments, Concerns, Questions?

Please contact Dr. Donald White with any questions or comments.