Curriculum

What is Effective Science Curriculum?

Tue, 05/17/2016

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Jackie Miller, Katherine Paget, Nevin Katz

An effective curriculum helps you support students' science learning, understanding, and achievement. But what does "effective" mean? This lively, animated video gives you the inside scoop on what makes a curriculum effective and flags some common pitfalls to avoid.

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Coherence in Science Instruction

Sat, 09/26/2015

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Katherine Paget, Nevin Katz, Jackie Miller

"Content coherence"--ideas presented in a connected, sequential way--plays a big role in effective science instruction. Watch this video to find out how it works and how students benefit.

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Tuning In To Adult Literacy

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Noah Goodman brings a background in bilingual education and communications to his work for EDC’s Center for Children & Technology. Noah contributes to R&D that advances knowledge of the role that technology can play in enhancing learning and teaching—including helping educators foster learners’ literacy skills, from prekindergarten through adulthood. He also plays a key role in building and sustaining online communities of learners. Currently, Noah is the Director of Teacher Outreach for Zoom In!—a new, free online resource that supports history teachers in engaging students in investigating compelling historical questions and helps teachers build students’ academic reading and writing skills.In this post, written in celebration of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2015 (September 21-26), Noah spotlights TV411.ORG—EDC’s free online resource for adults and adult educators.

Noah Goodman brings a background in bilingual education and communications to his work for EDC’s Center for Children & Technology. Noah contributes to R&D that advances knowledge of the role that technology can play in enhancing learning and teaching—including helping educators foster learners’ literacy skills, from prekindergarten through adulthood. He also plays a key role in building and sustaining online communities of learners.

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EDC to Lead Studies of Next Phase of CPB and PBS Ready To Learn-Funded Initiative

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As part of a new, multi-million dollar Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and improvement, EDC will lead the program of research on the next phase of the CPB's and PBS’ innovative media initiative to support the learning needs of children in low-income communities.

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2015 ITEST Solicitation

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09/15/2015
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From 3:00 to 4:00, the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR) will host an informational webinar to discuss the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) solicitation (proposals are due on November 13, 2015).

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Harvesting A Sea of Data

Tue, 07/28/2015

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Amy Busey, Ruth Krumhansl, Julianne Mueller-Northcott, Josephine Louie, Randy Kochevar, Kira Krumhansl, Virgil Zetterlind

This article provides a close-up look at EDC's and Stanford University's innnovative Ocean Tracks program. Ocean Tracks is a Web interface that provides students with free access to authentic data collected from migrating elephant seals, white sharks, albatross, tuna, drifting buoys, and satellites, as well as customized analysis tools modeled after those used by scientists.

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Assessing the Impact of Digital Media on Learning and Teaching

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Elizabeth Pierson is a highly experienced researcher and evaluator. In her work for EDC’s Center for Children & Technology, she has contributed to multiple studies that provide new insights into effective STEM education and the role of technology in supporting 21st century school and system reform in the U.S. and around the world. Most recently, she managed an impact study in which EDC investigated how teachers are using PBS LearningMedia digital resources and what impacts the usage is having in classrooms. In this post, Elizabeth shares findings from this impact study that she presented at the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education conference.

Elizabeth Pierson is a highly experienced researcher and evaluator. In her work for EDC’s Center for Children & Technology, she has contributed to multiple studies that provide new insights into effective STEM education and the role of technology in supporting 21st century school and system reform in the U.S. and around the world.

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Re-imagining A Curriculum Guide for Teachers in Digital Format: A Collaboration Crossing Geographical, Disciplinary, and Cultural Boundaries

Tue, 08/11/2015

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Kathleen Haynie, Katherine F. Paget, Jacqueline S. Miller

In this white paper, one in a series of three, the authors share lessons learned from EDC's National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Electronic Teacher Guide (eTG) project–a highly collaborative initiative to redesign a print teacher guide for the genetics unit of EDC's Foundation Science: Biology high school curriculum and to research its use by teachers.

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Amy Busey

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Amy Busey leads and contributes to a diverse array of initiatives that support teachers in ensuring students’ STEM proficiency and school, college, and career success. She brings significant experience in quantitative and qualitative research, strategic dissemination, and promotion of knowledge utilization. Her most recent work is deepening understanding of effective strategies to foster students’ data literacy and bridge STEM education research and practice.

As a member of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) team, Busey was a primary author of ODI’s Visualizing Oceans of Data report—a groundbreaking effort to provide guidelines to support interface and tool designers in bridging cyberinfrastructure to classrooms, enabling students to work with large, high-quality scientific datasets. She plays a key role in ODI’s Ocean Tracks project, which developed and tested powerful Web-based visualization and analysis tools derived from state-of-the-art knowledge about how to support student inquiry with data, and is currently engaged in related collaborative work with the Concord Consortium and the University of Minnesota on the CODAP (Common Online Data Analysis Platform).

Busey is also contributing to EDC’s R+P Collaboratory team’s efforts to identify, document, and disseminate ways that practitioners and researchers can work together effectively to enhance K–12 STEM education across formal and informal settings. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this collaborative research/strategic dissemination work engages EDC in a partnership with the Auburn, Maine School Department to improve students’ math learning through integration of interactive mobile technologies. (Read her blog post based on this work.)

Her work to bridge STEM education research and practice in the R+P Collaboratory is one of several NSF-related dissemination efforts she has advanced. For CADRE (Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education), she provided online and print communications and networking facilitation support that helped NSF Discovery Research K–12 grantees make their findings and products accessible and usable. For NSF’s and EDC’s collaborative work to disseminate findings from the National Research Council’s report Successful K–12 STEM Education, she contributed to substantive and logistical planning of a series of STEM Smart events.  

Busey is the lead author of the article “Harvesting a Sea of Data” published in the Summer 2015 issue of The Science Teacher. She has co-authored many other articles, briefs, and reports including Preliminary Guidelines for Using Interactive Mobile Technologies in Early Elementary Mathematics (2015); A Targeted Study of Gaming and Simulation Projects in DRK–12 (2014); and Toward Sustainability: Cases and Cross-Case Analysis of the Strategies of MSP Project Leaders to Sustain their Teacher Leader Programs (2010).

Before joining EDC, Busey was involved in research efforts around Kindergarten readiness and infant cognitive development, implemented afterschool technology programs in middle schools, and worked to raise awareness around a variety of education issues.

Busey holds a BS in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an EdM in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Research Associate II

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Science and Mathematics Programs

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96 Morton Street, 7th Floor
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Two Articles by ODI Staff Featured in Big Data Issue of The Science Teacher

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Science researchers and instructional designers from EDC's Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) published two articles in a special Summer 2015 issue of the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) journal The Science Teacher that is focused on the potential of big data to transform science teaching and learning.

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