Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards—Using
Mathematics and Computational Thinking
This web seminar took place on November 6, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. The presenters were Robert Mayes of Georgia Southern University and Bryan
Shader of the University of Wyoming. This program was the fifth in a series of eight
web seminars focused on the major practices contained in A Framework for K-12 Science
Education, the document that will inform the Next Generation Science Standards,
due out in spring 2013.
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In this web seminar, Mr. Mayes and Mr. Shader talked about the fifth scientific
and engineering practice contained in A Framework for K-12 Science Education:
using mathematics and computational thinking. First, Mr. Mayes
discussed the links between science and math models, then he and Mr. Shader provided
examples of classroom activities that connect math and science at grades 2, 5, 8,
and 12. Mr. Shader gave an in-depth explanation of scientific computing and shared
an example of a simple computational model. Mr. Mayes concluded the presentation
by describing quantitative reasoning. Ted Willard, director of NSTA’s efforts surrounding
the Next Generation Science Standards, shared resources that can help teachers prepare
for the implementation of the standards.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate
of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates
area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of
Graduate Credit Available
Shippensburg University will offer one (1) graduate credit to individuals who have
successfully completed NSTA’s Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards
- Practices webinar series. The total cost is $165. For information on the course
requirements, as well as registration and payment information visit www.ship.edu/extended/NSTA
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “Excellent! Extremely relevant and informative. Engaging!”
- “This was one of the best Next Gen Webinars. It was a powerful session that
will change my teaching.”
- “I loved the practical suggestions for making life science, in particular the
box models, more quantitative.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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