Energy: Stop Faking It!
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on March 25, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Bill Robertson, NSTA Press Author of the popular series Stop Faking It! Understanding Science So You Can Teach It. In this Seminar Dr. Robertson focused the discussion on concepts from his book on Energy.

This is the first of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the Energy: Stop Faking It! Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, LA. In this program Dr. Robertson talked about heat, temperature, thermal energy and kinetic theory. He used several images from his book, Energy: Stop Faking It! and science simulations from one of the NSTA Science Objects to help illustrate the concepts.

Sixty-seven (67) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: Nigeria, and Canada.

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:

  • “I had questions on how to clearly discuss with my students how to explain temperature and heat. This helped and the moderator was very clear.”

  • “Good demos for subject.”

  • “Clarified the words we use and cleared up some common misconceptions. Gave me some different ways to explain the concepts.”

  • "Relevant to state standards for the grades I teach.”

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


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