From Idea to Invention!
The first of two Web Seminars on the topic of Picture-Perfect
Science Lessons was held on Wednesday, December 14, 2005, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. Eastern time. The session was presented by Karen Ansberry and
Emily Morgan, co-authors of the popular NSTA Press publication Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children's Books to Guide
The session started with a general overview of the Web Seminar tools and how they
can be used to facilitate interaction between the participants and the presenter.
Forty-eight participants were present in addition to the presenters and the NSTA
staff. Educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Georgia, Kentucky,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Three participants
joined the program from outside the United States: New Zealand Canada, and Mexico.
The presenters focused on the theme of inventions, specifically, how these change
from idea to reality. They shared their knowledge of several books related to inventions
that can be use in the classroom, such as, Imaginative Inventions, which tells the
story about the invention of the high heeled shoes, and Mistakes that Worked, which
talks about the invention of Coca-Cola. Other books mentioned during the seminar
included Girls Think of Everything, Brainstorm!, and Here's What You Do When You
Can't Find Your Shoe. Ms. Ansberry and Ms. Morgan read a few paragraphs
from each book and polled the audience regarding the different reading strategies
used: making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, determining importance,
Karen and Emily modeled a couple of activities. The first activity was about creating
an invention. The invention students had to create was an airplane seat cup holder.
This activity challenges students to be creative working around some given constraints.
The second activity had to do with evaluating inventions. Several web seminar participants
shared their own version of this activity. Many had their students evaluate different
products, like cleaners and diapers.
Throughout the presentation there were several opportunities for interactions between
the participants and presenter - drawing a scientist, answering poll questions,
chatting, stamping, and marking on slides.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "This was a very good seminar. I have been trying to find ways to incorporate
reading strategies into my science class. This was very helpful."
- "I enjoyed learning about ways to use picture books to assist students in learning
science. Some of the resources in the chat window provided info for older children.
- "I wasn't sure what to expect - this was my first online seminar. I enjoyed
the interactive nature of the program and the ability to talk audibly and visually.
I learned how to do an online seminar. Thanks."
- "This was my first web seminar, and I loved the experience. The live interaction
was wonderful, and the presenters, Karen and Emily, were so much fun. It is so nice
to be able to participate from the comfort of my own home!"
Thanks to the participants and presenters, Karen and Emily, for the learning opportunity,
the interactions, and a job well done! Join us for the second Picture-Perfect Science
Web Seminar scheduled to take place on January 11, 2006.
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Underwritten in part by NSTA Press