National Science Teachers Association Science Methods Professors: Use NSTA to Enhance and Extend Your Pre-service Teachers' Content and Pedagogical Knowledge


This web seminar took place on August 8, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenter was Flavio Mendez, Assistant Executive Director, NSTA Learning Center. Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Program Abstract

Hundreds of science education professors are using NSTA resources and the NSTA Learning Center as their online textbook resulting in thousands of pre-service teachers each year engaging with the Association's digital assets to enhance their content and pedagogical knowledge. In the NSTA Learning Center pre-service teachers can:

  • Build a library of resources to enhance their content and pedagogical knowledge
  • Converse/collaborate online with professional science teachers
  • Upload their original work to their library for future use and/or documentation of work completed
  • Create and share collections of resources with classmates and other Learning Center users
  • Establish a professional persona and experience the benefits of professional lifelong learning

How does it work?

When you choose to use the NSTA as your online textbook, your students pay a nominal fee to purchase a class bundle, composed of 1-year NSTA membership and an NSTA Learning Center subscription. While the subscription is active, students can add NSTA fee-based resources to their library for free. All resources added to the library, stay in the library forever (exception: NSTA SciPacks, which expire after 1 year).

Read more about this exclusive opportunity for professors at the URL below. White there, create your class landing page for the fall 2018/spring 2019 semester and receive free access to the NSTA resources and tools to begin planning your course. https://learningcenter.nsta.org/etextbook

View the web seminar archive

To view the presentation slides from the web seminar and related resources, visit the resource collection. Continue discussing this topic in the community forums.

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile 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 liked the information about using ready-made collections for starters, and the idea of sharing collections with others. I appreciated the flexibility of being able to share collections later on in the course."
  • "I found this topic intriguing and I am interested in how I can use SciPacks to boost my elementary methods students' content knowledge."
  • "I enjoyed the opportunity to explore the Learning Center and get hands-on time to begin setting up my page."
  • "The format and Flavio’s presentation style were great! I appreciated the pauses within the session to answer questions. I also like seeing the screen shots of everything Flavio was discussing."

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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