Intro to the Atlas of Science Literacy
This Web Seminar took place on November 18, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was
project director for Project 2061 at the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS). Assisting Mr. Willard on the chat window was Mary Koppal, Communications
Director for Project 2061 at the AAAS. Mr. Willard gave an introduction to the Atlas
of Science Literacy.
Strand maps display all of the learning goals (for students from kindergarten through
high school) on a particular topic and put them together on one page, showing how
they relate to and build upon each other. Maps provide an easy way to envision how
students’ understanding will progress over the course of their education. The Atlas
of Science Literacy, Volumes 1 and 2, co-published by AAAS Project 2061
and NSTA, includes nearly 100 strand maps on many science topics. Ted Willard talked
about how the strand maps in the Atlas of Science Literacy were developed
and how to interpret all of the elements on a map. He also described how educators
can use the Atlas in a variety of endeavors.
Fifty-eight (58) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,
Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and
Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Puerto Rico, one from Washington
DC, and another from Romania. Seminar participants received a one year subscription
to one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "I enjoyed the step by step explanation of the Benchmarks and the Atlas Volume
1 and 2. It helped me to become familiar with the workings of it."
- "As the elementary science curriculum specialist for my district I can use this
information for curriculum mapping and include vertical alignment of the concepts."
- "I am a curriculum developer for grades K-8. I've been using the Atlas on my
own; this session helped clarify some of the questions that I had."
- "I enjoyed the explanation of how one might use the strand maps; great suggestions
to really put all this information to use."
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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