Resource Image Archive: NSTA Learning Center Update and Free PD Resources, March 23, 2011
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Type of Resource: Web Seminar Archive
Average Rating: Rating
 based on 3 reviews
Publication Title: None
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Informal Education, Middle School


This Web Seminar took place on March 23, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Flavio Mendez, Senior Director NSTA Learning Center and Leisa Clark, Director of e-Learning Production. In this Seminar, Mr. Mendez focused the presentation on the new Learning Center resources and tools including the new ‘badge’ system and live, online help. Ms. Clark added details about the new SciPacks and Science Objects. For more information about this web seminar, its presenter(s), read what participants said about it, and to see and download its PowerPoint slides go here.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Fields of science
Using technology
Intended User Role:Administrator, Elementary-Level Educator, High-School Educator, Informal Educator, Middle-Level Educator, New Teacher, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
Educational Issues:Instructional materials, Professional development, Teacher preparation


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Process Standards for Professional Development
    • Research-Based
      • Provide opportunities to learn and use the skills of research to generate new knowledge about science and the teaching and learning of science. (NSES)
    • Design
      • Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
    • Learning
      • Build on the teacher's current science understanding, ability, and attitudes. (NSES)
      • Incorporate ongoing reflection on the process and outcomes of understanding science through inquiry. (NSES)
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers of science actively participate in the ongoing planning and development of the school science program.
      • Plan and develop the school science program.
      • Participate fully in planning and implementing professional growth and development strategies for themselves and their colleagues.

User Reviews

Using the Learning Center
  Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT) on May 26, 2011
  This was an extremely informative session that introduced new components of the Learning Center as well as reminding us of the thousand or more free resources available to Learning Center users.

Learning Center Overview and Resources
  Ursula (San Ramon, CA) on March 24, 2011
  For those who have not yet used all the features in the NSTA Learning Center, this Webinar gives a detailed overview with examples and a step by step orientation of key features- This is helpful for those of us with limited time to check every feature and link, and a one time session navigating through the discussion can be an efficient way to familiarize oneself with its utility. It describes various menu options, the use of SciLinks and Objects, the resources with simulations and the building of community of learners as professionals. There are also perks, which allow us to earn points to donate for environmental causes, and make a difference while learning at the same time. There are a couple of times when the user gets an opportunity to try some of the features shown with plenty of time to try them. Despite some minor tech glitches with sound, one can move forward through these to the next screen to ensure content delivery and maximize time for use of the resources NSTA has to offe

Maximize your value in using the Learning Center
  Flavio Mendez on March 20, 2011
  This seminar is great for new users of the Learning Center. Participants will receive a guided tour and learn about new features and the over 1,800 free resources. Participants will get a SciPack (value = $40), a certificate of participation, and 100 Learning Center Activity Points.