National Science Teachers Association
Technologies for Inquiry-based learning

This Web Seminar took place on May 24, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Edwin P. Christmann professor and chairman of the secondary education department and graduate coordinator of the mathematics and science teaching program at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Dr. Christmann talked about how a wide variety of current technologies can be used to assist in inquiry based instruction.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

In this program, Dr. Edwin Christmann talked about using current technologies, such as PDA’s, graphing calculators and GIS websites in the classroom. He also gave a number of web links to resources for teachers that are free and public access. The participants also had a great number of ideas that they shared on the chat about ways to incorporate current technologies into the classroom and also issues with integrating devices like smart phones.

Eighty (80) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In addition, five participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Germany, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Qatar and Turkey.

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 the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Teaching with technology can improve my teaching.”
  • “Gave me areas to explore for future classroom use.”
  • “I don't know much about using the graphing calculators. This may be helpful if I can unearth a box of unused graphing calculators. Even if I don't find them, I trying to see what equipment to purchase. Obviously, I'm looking for what is most useful and cost effective.”
  • “New and refreshing material was presented.”

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

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