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STEM Ed Announcement: Fall 2012 STEM Tuesday Seminars
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- Subject: STEM Ed Announcement: Fall 2012 STEM Tuesday Seminars
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- Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:29:42 -0400
This is a UMass STEM Ed program
Fall 2012 STEM Tuesday Seminars
STEM seminars are held at 4PM on the first and third Tuesdays of
each month during the academic year in Hasbrouck 138. Everyone is
welcome; no reservations are needed, and there is no charge.
Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.
Robert and Ellen Kaplan Founders, The Math Circle
"Math Talent Is a Myth"
This will be an interactive conversation with the lecture audience
as we show you what our approach to learning math is in our Math
Circles - We won't describe but demonstrate the approach of our
Math Circle, whose fundamental principle is: tell no one anything,
but give them an attractive mystery to work on collegially, letting
them discover insights together, and together invent proofs. It
takes no special talent to do this because math is our forgotten
native language. To find out more, see our website,
www.themathcircle.org, or read our book, Out of the Labyrinth:
Setting Mathematics Free.
David Lustick, Professor, Graduate School of Education, UMass,
"Cool Science: Improving Public Understanding of Climate Change"
The purpose of the presentation/workshop is to provide k16 teachers
with an overview and information about how to get their students
involved with a statewide art competition about climate change
science. Winning students and their schools will receive $200 in
gift certificates and have their work put on display throughout the
Lowell public transportation system in the first half of 2013.
Ideas about how to integrate the Cool Science competition into
existing curricula and strategies for interdisciplinary
collaboration will be addressed. All interested educators are
encouraged to attend.
Bob Tinker, Founder and Director of the Concord Consortium
"InquirySpace: A Space for Real Science"
"Before graduating from high school, students should design and
carry out at least one major investigation that closely
approximates sound science."This ringing call for real science in
the AAAS Benchmarks remains an unfulfilled but vitally important
goal. I will present a technology-enhanced approach that seems to
be able to make this goal more realistic.
Bob Butler, Physics Professor, Portland State University,
Earthscope Distinguished Lecturer
"Engaging Novice Earth Science Learners in EarthScope Science"
"EarthScope will provide a foundation for fundamental and applied
research throughout the United States that will contribute to the
mitigation of risks from geological hazards, the development of
natural resources, and the public's understanding of the dynamic
Earth". Education and Outreach personnel with the EarthScope
National Office (ESNO), IRIS, and UNAVCO have developed educational
resources and programs that are bringing EarthScope to millions of
people, including educators, students and visitors to parks and
museums. Five Colleges will be adopting an EarthScope seismic
station as the array moves through New England over the next few
Teachers on the Leading Edge (TOTLE) is a place-based K-12 Earth
science teacher professional development program featuring
EarthScope science and Cascadia geologic hazards. Drawing on the
Orphan Tsunami of 1700, TOTLE and collaborators developed classroom
activities inviting students to approach Cascadia tsunami geology
as a "Crime Scene Investigation" through which they gain
understanding of plate tectonic processes, such as the earthquake
cycle. Inquiry-based learning about great Cascadia earthquakes and
tsunami aligns well with National Science Education Standards;
provides a case study of scientific discovery, an important
benchmark of science literacy; and emphasizes science, technology,
and societal connections through consideration of geologic hazards.
These motivations have been dramatically reinforced by the Chile
2010 and Japan 2011 great earthquakes and resulting Pacific-wide
tsunami. Although TOTLE classroom activities were designed for
secondary Earth science students, the analyses of EarthScope GPS
and seismic observations, as well as associated animations and
manipulative models, can also be adapted for college-level general
Joan Thormann, Professor, Leslie University
"Nuts and Bolts of Planning and Implementing your Online Course"
This seminar will describe strategies to support online course
development and teaching that have proven to make the online
experience engaging and satisfying for both students and the
faculty member. Techniques to enhance student participation such as
optimizing introductions, using targeted grading systems and voice
conferencing will be presented. Ways to implement strategies that
enhance student learning including having student moderators, using
templates and setting up forums that encourage peer support will be
The presenter has been teaching courses online since 1996. The
strategies to be presented are based on research and have been
employed successfully in online courses for nearly two decades.
They are described in detail in Dr. Thormann's recent book The
Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Course
published by Teachers College Press at Columbia University.
Richard Yuretich, Professor, UMass, Geosciences
"Technology and Team-Based Learning (TBL) in Introductory
Team-based Learning (TBL) is an active-learning strategy that uses
class time primarily for investigations conducted by formal groups
kept intact for the semester. Prior research has demonstrated that
TBL increases student engagement, allows for a more flexible and
dynamic class environment, fosters critical thinking and analysis,
and elevates student performance. UMass-Amherst has constructed two
prototype TBL classrooms outfitted with the technology to support
development of appropriate teaching methods. The features of these
classrooms include: round tables that accommodate nine students
apiece; hard-wired laptops at each table to encourage research and
presentations during class time; wall-mounted LED monitors and
whiteboards for each table; and a centrally-located instructor's
podium to manage the various audiovisual systems.
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