PBS TeacherLine and WGBH/Teachers' Domain have announced they have collaborated to offer teachers online professional development courses in science that are aligned with national and state standards. The research-based courses are offered nationwide as a special collection through PBS TeacherLine. The collection is available for the first time during the summer session of PBS TeacherLine courses, which begins June 27.
Through the science courses, K-12 teachers learn to engage students with media-rich resources, and to incorporate practical, real-world applications into their instruction. Courses in elementary and middle school science emphasize content, pedagogy, and technology integration. Courses in high school science focus on inquiry methodology and technology integration. The courses draw upon nearly 1,000 resources developed from information sources such as the PBS science programs NOVA, ZOOM, and A Science Odyssey.
Up to 34 online courses in earth and space, life, and physical science for K-12 will be offered throughout the coming school year. To meet educators’ specific learning needs, the courses are offered in two formats: 30-hour, 6-week courses that provide a quick immersion into teaching a particular topic, and 45-60 hour, 10-week courses that provide teachers with a comprehensive understanding of a subject and the inquiry method.
Some of the courses available during the summer session are:
• Fostering Collaboration, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Middle School Science
• Science and the Living World – part one of a four-part series entitled “Teaching Elementary Life Science”
• Inquiry in Science Education – a topic-immersion component of the "Teaching High School Biology" series
• Motion and Forces in Your World – a topic-immersion component of the "Teaching Elementary Physical Science" series
• Introduction to the Earth System – part one of the four-part series “Teaching Earth and Space Science for Grades 6-12”
Teachers can learn more about the science courses or enroll at www.pbs.org/teacherline.
Source: PBS, www.pbs.org