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The Use Of Argumentation In Socio-Scientific Issues: Enhancing Evolutionary Biology Instruction, Heath R. Marchand 2015 The College at Brockport

The Use Of Argumentation In Socio-Scientific Issues: Enhancing Evolutionary Biology Instruction, Heath R. Marchand

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), further emphasis in science education is being placed on preparing students to become more informed voters regarding social, ethical, economic and political topics that affect contemporary society. Parallel to this shift is a stronger emphasis on integrating evolutionary theory as a unifying concept in the biological sciences. Given that evolution is one of the aforementioned topics commonly discussed and debated about in social and political arenas, ensuring that instruction provides students from all backgrounds a comprehensive understanding of its principals is becoming increasingly important in contemporary science education. Chapter II ...


Perceived Attributes And Factors Influencing Instructors’ Using E-Textbooks In Higher Education, Sirui Wang 2015 The University of Southern Mississippi

Perceived Attributes And Factors Influencing Instructors’ Using E-Textbooks In Higher Education, Sirui Wang

Dissertations

As digital content, e-Textbooks display text on the screen, integrate multimedia within textual components, and allow reading on portable devices; which make learning highly interactive, flexible, and immediately accessible, increase students’ engagements in learning, and make learning content portable, transferrable, and searchable. Those advanced features did not bring prosperity in using e-Textbooks in education. The adoption of using e-Textbooks in higher education is still far from its confirmation stage. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the perceived attributes of using e-Textbooks by instructors and their actual use of e-Textbooks in higher educational settings, to discuss ...


A Gangster Love, Chris Ingram 2015 Loyola Marymount University

A Gangster Love, Chris Ingram

First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience

This fictional piece portrays the life of gangsters and the girls who love them. The author represents the moral struggles of gang members when they have to choose between the streets or new gangster love.


Bailamos Juntos: Salsa En Los E.E.U.U. Y El Mundo, Betty Tran 2015 University of Southern California

Bailamos Juntos: Salsa En Los E.E.U.U. Y El Mundo, Betty Tran

First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience

This composition traces the history of Cuban-American cultural identity formation through the lens of music and dance. As the author explains, Cuban immigrants cultivated a rich music and dance culture in New York City by creating a series of Latin and Afro-Cuban music genres and dances that brought diverse groups of people together. As a Vietnamese-American woman, Tran sees several connections between her family’s Vietnamese heritage and the cultural histories of Cubans who came to the United States as refugees seeking asylum from political oppression. As a first-generation college student, Tran believes it is important to share this composition ...


Session E-7: Is There An App For That?, Ed Caster 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session E-7: Is There An App For That?, Ed Caster

Professional Learning Day

This presentation will show a variety of different apps for tablets, smart phones, etc. that have educational uses. A number will be presented and demonstrated. Teachers who attend will also be asked to share apps that they use have found valuable, or simply ones that they like.


Session E-4: Developing Middle School Science Activities, Ron Hurlbut 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session E-4: Developing Middle School Science Activities, Ron Hurlbut

Professional Learning Day

This “hands on” session will equip Middle School Teachers to develop activities for their students which will produce high quality data that will be used to reveal Newton’s laws of motion by using inexpensive materials and equipment such as stop watches and a meter stick.


Session E-6: Aerodynamic Wing Design, Carmela Minaya, Aziza Darwish, Heather Richardson 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session E-6: Aerodynamic Wing Design, Carmela Minaya, Aziza Darwish, Heather Richardson

Professional Learning Day

Teachers will walk away with an activity for their students that will utilize materials readily available for students to experiment with various aspects of aerodynamic wing design.


Session E-3: Constructivist Science Vocabulary, Brian Grublesky 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session E-3: Constructivist Science Vocabulary, Brian Grublesky

Professional Learning Day

Instructors often grapple with the teaching of vocabulary. Well, in this dynamic session, participants will learn the constructivist approach to teaching science vocabulary. Session participants will walk away with new teaching strategies along with deeper appreciation for constructivist learning.


Session D-1: Building Stonehenge, Patrick Young 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session D-1: Building Stonehenge, Patrick Young

Professional Learning Day

Building Stonehenge is a series of problem centered activities in which students use simple machines to construct a scale replica of a Stonehenge Trilithon. Using only materials available to Neolithic engineers and a scaled quantity of force, students must devise a way to lift heavy stones into the proper position without ever touching them with their hands. Problem-centered activities are a great way to integrate multiple STEM concepts and practices into an enjoyable learning experience.


Session D-4: Particle Physics, Peter Dong 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session D-4: Particle Physics, Peter Dong

Professional Learning Day

Particle physics is generally seen as far too difficult, too abstract and mathematical, to teach at the high school level — which is a pity, since particle physics is most likely to get students interested in the subject (witness the response to the discovery of the Higgs boson). However, the day-to-day work of experimental particle physicists is remarkably understandable, even for high school students willing to do a little work. We will examine assignments given at IMSA in this vein, including a class-wide analysis that simulated the search for a super symmetric Higgs boson, and discuss how they worked. Attendees will ...


Session D-6: Strong Structure By Design, Carmela Minaya, Aziza Darwish, Heather Richardson 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session D-6: Strong Structure By Design, Carmela Minaya, Aziza Darwish, Heather Richardson

Professional Learning Day

Strengthen your pedagogy by learning how the monolithic dome, inspired by the shape of an egg, is one of the strongest existing architectural structures. They will go back to their schools with an inexpensive activity challenging student to make a 3D structure from a 2D picture, then combining several 3D structures to create a monolithic dome.


Session D-5: You Are My Density, Brian Grublesky, Elizabeth Martinez 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session D-5: You Are My Density, Brian Grublesky, Elizabeth Martinez

Professional Learning Day

Teachers will explore the topic of density through a student-centered, constructivist approach that can be tailored to multiple grade levels. Discussion will include how to take a science activity and change it for different grade levels and abilities. Finally, we will discuss how to look at this through an interdisciplinary perspective.


Session D-7: Exploration Of Factors That Motivate Students To Engage In Stem, Adrienne Coleman 2015 Illinois Math and Science Academy

Session D-7: Exploration Of Factors That Motivate Students To Engage In Stem, Adrienne Coleman

Professional Learning Day

Join in on the discussion of an exploration into factors that motivate gifted and talented Black and Latino students and programs being created to engage those populations in STEM fields.


Session F-4: Quadratic Functions: As Simple As A, B, C, Lindsey Herlehy, Karen Togliatti 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session F-4: Quadratic Functions: As Simple As A, B, C, Lindsey Herlehy, Karen Togliatti

Professional Learning Day

Participants will engage in several hands-on, minds-on activities that demystify applications of quadratic functions. By exploring simple, yet interactive exercises, student will understand that this function is more than just a formula of a, b, and c. Participants will walk away with several lessons that can be easily adapted to any classroom. This session is appropriate for Grades 8-10.


Session F-2: Is It All Just Random?, Nicole Ross 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session F-2: Is It All Just Random?, Nicole Ross

Professional Learning Day

Students in middle school often learn basic genetics and gain experience using a Punnett Square analysis to determine probable genotype and phenotype outcomes for a family. What students may not learn is how these probabilities relate to the overall population. Probability is an integral part of genetics and heredity. Understanding what is meant by “probability” and how it applies to genetics is an important focus in the CCSS. One way to teach these concepts is to tap into popular literature. In this session, we will explore the genetics and probability behind the character, Auggie, in the book, Wonder, by R ...


Session C-2: Dbq Writing In Your World History Curriculum, George Haldaman 2015 Mascoutah High School

Session C-2: Dbq Writing In Your World History Curriculum, George Haldaman

Professional Learning Day

This session will present the historical pedagogy behind DBQ's and explain its importance to common core. Then we will examine examples of DBQ's and places for educators to find them. Finally, we delve into the writing process on constructing the DBQ essay.


Session B-3: Mathematical Games, Puzzles, And Diversions, Steven M. Condie 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session B-3: Mathematical Games, Puzzles, And Diversions, Steven M. Condie

Professional Learning Day

Delve into the exciting world of math through games, puzzles and other sources! Participants shall try their luck and test their skill at these diversions. Participants will leave this session with a wealth of mathematical activities appropriate for students of all ages.


Session B-4: Foods Of The Future, Carmela Minaya, Aziza Darwish, Heather Richardson 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session B-4: Foods Of The Future, Carmela Minaya, Aziza Darwish, Heather Richardson

Professional Learning Day

Teachers will learn the simple science behind the most recent culinary rage, Molecular Gastronomy. They will have a cost effective example to bring back into their classroom with students.


Session B-7: 3d Printing For The Next Generation Learners, Britta McKenna, Lawrence Bergie 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session B-7: 3d Printing For The Next Generation Learners, Britta Mckenna, Lawrence Bergie

Professional Learning Day

Are you thinking about creating a Maker Space or purchasing a 3D printer for your school or classroom? Or are you just interested in seeing new technology up close and personal with the ability to ask questions to a maker space rookie and her sidekick the techno geek? Check out this lively session where we'll 3D scan something (or somebody) and print it out on our 3D printer, doodle with our 3D pens and ask all the practical questions (like how much does all this cost?) We'll share examples of how we are introducing new technology to our ...


Session B-5: Mentor Matching Engine, Jackie Naughton, Carl Heine 2015 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Session B-5: Mentor Matching Engine, Jackie Naughton, Carl Heine

Professional Learning Day

Participants will tour the Mentor Matching Engine (MME), a robust platform available to Illinois high school students for conducting research with assistance from online mentors. IMSA, in partnership with the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and Northwestern University, administer MME as part of the state's R&D Learning Exchange. In addition, participants will discover powerful models of personalized learning and the outstanding results.


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