Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Catch Science Approach at the ESRI EDUC!  

On July 21, 2012, at ESRI's Education User Conference (EDUC), Science Approach's CoastLines project will present a session entitled "The CoastLines Hybrid Professional Development Experience: A Panel Presentation."

Over three years, CoastLines provided online and face-to-face professional development to 90 middle and high school teachers. Funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, the project’s goal was to promote geospatial technologies as a tool for engaging middle and high school students in scientific explorations of coastal ecology at three sites in the NSF’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network. During this panel presentation, project staff will briefly report on research conducted to evaluate the efficacy of the hybrid professional development format employed by the project. Then, two CoastLines participants from each of the project cohorts will offer brief presentations on what it was like to learn GIS in a hybrid professional development format. The purpose of the session will be to discuss changes that were made to the professional development format and identify the strategies that worked best. Steven Moore, CoastLines principal investigator, and teachers Carol Burch, Teresa Casal, Peggy Foletta, James Liptak, Catherine Laroche, and Nathaniel Smith will participate in the session.

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