Learning Center's Science Objects

This Web Seminar took place on September 29, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Flavio Mendez, Senior Director, NSTA Learning Center, and Don Boonstra, Online Advisor Coordinator and NSTA Online Short Course instructor. In this Seminar, Mr. Mendez focused on Science Objects, demonstrating the interactive simulations included in these resources. He also showed participants how to add Science Objects to their Learning Center libraries.

The PowerPoint and related resources from the NSTA Learning Center 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.

Mr. Mendez talked about Science Objects, professional learning modules for teachers. He showed how to find these resources in the Learning Center and talked about the range of topics they address. Mr. Boonstra discussed his application of Science Objects as an instructor for an NSTA Online Short Course and guided participants through some of the Science Object interactive simulations.

Seventy-five (75) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Brazil, Nicaragua and Turkey.

Seminar participants received the NSTA SciGuide of their choice. 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:

  • “I now know where to find information and how to interact with the Objects. Will be "loading up" my library and making good use of the information.”
  • “This content was very valuable because I am in need of refresher courses for the content I teach.”
  • “I was wishing I had more time to do all the different sci objects...! I want to recommend several to colleagues but would like to review them first so as to save them time.”
  • “The conversation/information was current and professional--spoke my language, "meaningful learning." I found the information to be useful for me as a teacher and for my students in the classroom.”

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

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

Underwritten by the GE Foundation