Participants of NSTA Online Short Courses appreciate the
opportunity to learn from knowledgeable instructors and engage in rich discussions
with other educators. Read testimonials shared by past participants.
I found the course very beneficial and I have come away with several ideas that
I will be able to use in my classroom. To me that is the sign of an excellent course!
Alane Peragallo, middle school teacher, Virginia.
I liked the ability to speak directly to the instructor and moderator. I liked the
ability to respond in different formats and I was overjoyed to use technology efficiently
and to feel more comfortable with the resources.
Alice Mayoral, middle school teacher, Virginia.
I liked the convenience of attending class from my living room and interacting as
I needed. Most of the information helped me personally, and the last session was
directly pertinent to my students’ curriculum.
Janet Reichmuth, high school teacher, Kentucky.
The platform and online forum is a great way to engage individuals and increase
Jim Carr, middle school teacher, Illinois
I have taken two NSTA Online Short Courses and I thoroughly enjoyed both. The class
meetings fit in with my schedule and I benefited greatly from the interaction with
other educators from around the world. Additionally, because of my school's continuing
commitment to professional development, I was able to receive some tuition support.
I came away from both classes with improved content knowledge and many ideas I can
use in my elementary science classroom.
I knew online learning was for me when I was able to take my computer on vacation
and sign in for class while sitting on a resort balcony overlooking the pool--what
a way to learn! Thanks NSTA--I'm looking forward to the next Online Short Course!
Lower School Science Coordinator, Texas
I appreciated having [the Instructor] be able to answer questions and explain things
to us. The [live web sessions] in conjunction with the book and SciPack were very
Elementary School Teacher, Alaska
Even though, I teach third grade inclusion and we do not have a unit on force and
motion, this course has been quite meaningful. The visual, comics, simulations,
and the [live web sessions] have helped me better understand Newton's Laws of Motion.
Elementary School Teacher, New York
I really enjoyed becoming familiar with new technology. It is interesting to be
learning alongside other teachers from around the country.
Middle School Teacher, California
I really like the interaction available for each participant. The ability to hear
the presenters and participants and use a whiteboard is extremely helpful.
Elementary School Teacher, Michigan
Although I have taken several physics courses, I find physics a very difficult area
of science. The course was very beneficial in reviewing key concepts and forcing
me to examine my own understanding. I was so impressed with the software used I'm
still talking about it with my colleagues.
High School Teacher, Indiana
I learned that the only thing to fear from accessing new technology and teaching
methods is the fear itself. A very enjoyable way to spend the summer. Hope to participate
next year if another course is offered!!!
Paul Zimmer, High School Teacher, Chicago
Earth, Sun and Moon
It gave me further resources and connections to broaden my own and my students understanding
of the seasons.
Stephanie Ott-Zurcher, middle school teacher, Pennsylvania
Gravity and Orbits
I learned a lot in this class – tonight for instance, I learned about precession,
about how the forces of inertia/momentum and gravity interact, and I better understand
Kepler’s laws. This helps my understanding of gravity and orbits and should make
it more effective when responding to student questions. Also, I’ve gotten a better
idea about what sources to use in an inquiry setting
Mark Goldsmith, middle school teacher, Connecticut
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