The Nature of Science in NGSS
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This web seminar took place on July 22, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenter was Dr. Norman G. Lederman, Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Ted Willard, NSTA's NGSS Director, introduced the webseminar by providing an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards, including how the standards were developed, which states have adopted them and which organization, including the NSTA, have been instrumental in providing assistance in the development of the NGSS. Ted also discussed the NSTA's commitment to helping teachers and educators understand the NGSS, so that teachers can begin implementing the new standards in their instructional practices. After this brief overview, Dr. Norman G. Lederman began his presentation on the nature of science, as found within the NGSS. Dr. Lederman's presentation focused on helping teachers understand the concept of nature of science as a way of teaching science that helps engage students in the study of science. After a thorough overview and explanation on the Nature of Science, Dr. Lederman provided lesson plan ideas and activities that highlight the nature of science in correlation to the NGSS; he included links and references to the lesson ideas presented. The webseminar concluded with an overview of NSTA resources about the NGSS available to teachers by Ted, and a Q & A with Dr. Lederman.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center 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:

  • "Excellent! It confirmed that the NOS activities I have planned are right on track."
  • "I really liked the examples of activities to use in the classroom and ways to discuss them with the class."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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