Volume: 03, Issue: 01 01/12/2005 
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Tsunami-Causing Earthquake Changed Rotation of Earth
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Hubble Providing Evidence of Possible New Planet

Participate in Professional Development Offerings

Enhance your teaching knowledge by taking advantage of professional development opportunities in science, mathematics, and technology. Here’s your chance to learn more about some upcoming prospects.

PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses
PBS TeacherLine expands its national course schedule this fall with 36 research-based online courses in math, science, reading, and technology integration. TeacherLine provides a comprehensive solution to teacher professional development through facilitated courses, a supportive learning environment, and exemplary resources. Refer to http://teacherline.pbs.org/teacherline/ for schedules and additional details.

MarcoPolo Professional Development Program
The MarcoPolo Education Foundation provides states and school districts with onsite professional development for K-12 teacher trainers on how to incorporate Internet content into the classroom. The training sessions use print and online materials developed by the MarcoPolo Partnership, a consortium of leading educational organizations-- including the Kennedy Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Geographic Foundation--dedicated to creating high-quality Internet content for the classroom. Training sessions are led by professionally trained Internet education specialists, and all attendees receive copies of the MarcoPolo Teacher Training Kit. The MarcoPolo Education Foundation offers training sessions both for individuals and for groups of educators. You can request MarcoPolo training at http://www.marcopolo-education.org/ .

Teachers' Domain Online Professional Development Courses
These research-based online courses can broaden educators' knowledge of science content and teaching methodologies and help them integrate technology into the classroom. These courses can give teachers new ways to excite their students and facilitate their learning. Choose from Teaching Elementary Life Science, Teaching Elementary Physical Science, and Teaching Middle School Life Science. (Coming in Spring 2005 is High School Biology). The courses include interactive multimedia resources that can be incorporated into lesson plans, as well as videos of classroom practices that model creative teaching. In addition, the courses also have online discussions that enable teachers to communicate with their peers in a supportive, user-friendly learning environment. For more details, consult http://www.teachersdomain.org/courses/ .

T.H.E. Institute's Online Professional Development Courses
T.H.E. courses will show how secondary teachers can use technology in the classroom. Each course will focus on a core content area, including, language arts, science, math, and social studies. Teachers can choose to take the courses for graduate or CEU credit. T.H.E. Institute hopes that its new offerings will help school districts comply with the Technology section of the No Child Left Behind Act, help teachers integrate technology throughout the curriculum, and help teachers ensure their students are technologically literate. Special pricing is being provided from Glencoe/McGraw-Hill for educators in districts that have purchased Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's TechCONNECT! To register for the courses, visit http://www.thejournal.com/institute/ .

EDC's Center for Science Education Online Professional Development Courses
The Center for Science Education at Education Development Center, Inc., is now offering three online courses for science educators. Connecting Science and Literacy in the Elementary Classroom, a six-session course, is designed for elementary teachers whose students are engaged in hands-on science units. The course focuses on two areas that offer great potential for developing science understanding while also building students’ literacy skills: students’ science talk and science notebooks. Science Assessment in the Middle Grades is for middle-grades science teachers who would like to understand more about assessment--particularly the types found on national and state science tests--and when and how each type can be incorporated into science units. Assessments analyzed in the course include written assessment (both open-ended and multiple choice), graphic (including charts, tables and graphs), and performance. High School Students Working as Scientists Work, a seven-week course, focuses on ways to adapt current high school lesson plans so that students take a more scientifically disciplined, inquiry-based approach to the reading, laboratory, discussion, and lecture experiences they have in class. Participants will examine the myths and realities of doing inquiry in the high school classroom and develop a richer conception of inquiry. Register online at http://cse.edc.org/products/onlinecourses/ .

NSTA, NASA Free Live Web Seminar Series
Science educators are invited to participate in one or more of a series of upcoming live web seminars featuring NASA scientists and education specialists and NASA curriculum. The one-hour interactive session titled “NASA Robotics” will be presented through the NSTA Institute on Jan. 25 from 7-8 p.m. EST, and registration is limited. Participants will receive a NASA CD-ROM and are also eligible for a prize giveaway at the end of the session. Additional web seminars in the series are “Space Rocks!,” Jan. 26; “Planetary Surfaces II,” Feb. 2; and “Robotics II,” Feb. 22. For more information and to register, access http://institute.nsta.org/seminar_reg.asp .

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