Teacher Training: Math, Science and Technology Sampler
Education Development Center provides a number of resources for teacher education and advancement. Their overall goal is to promote education, health, and economic development worldwide.
The Math Forum at Drexel includes a very comprehensive teacher education component for the intersection of math and technology.
Standards, journals, interdisciplinary ideas, topics in school reform, links to allied associations, articles for parents and even employment are examples of the contents.
ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, has developed matrices for implementing skills, standards, and activities into both teacher education methods courses and field experiences.
Rather than isolating the uses of new technology in one methods course ISTE's approach is to integrate such skills across the board in teacher education.
Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER) includes a number of topics for science and math teachers.
The National Science Teachers Association is publishing The STEM Classroom newsletter to provide a forum for ideas and resources middle and high school teachers need to support these disciplines. By coordinating science and math courses with technology and engineering courses, teachers can give students a better understanding of the world in which they live.
How much longer will teachers endure students questioning the relevance of science? Most teenaged students can hardly wait to drive. This site stirs interesting ideas as well practical applications.
This site, co-sponsored by Alcoa and Discovery Education, provides free resources for 6th-12th grade classrooms to develop key STEM and critical thinking skills in your students, aligned to national education standards.
The Teaching Teleapprenticeship Project at the University of Illinois at Urbana was one of the first projects to develop and evaluate innovative teacher education models using telepresence. It included using education students as mediators of network activity with folks outside of education.
Harvard created the ATLAS Communities project which stretches further and links teachers at the elementary, middle and high school level. Discussion groups and case studies illustrated the process.
Applying physics and principles of design to deathly car crashes and similar situations heightens student awareness and generates interest.
Many state legislatures have added a technology requirement to their teaching credential process during the last few years and are just beginning to develop courseware and a practicum. Districts, too, are extending credits towards salary and position schedules for technology workshops. Check out the progress in your state and local credentialing bodies.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• An Evaluation Checklist for Educational Web Sites
• Cable Channel Internet Resources
• EdTech Leaders Online
• Getting Started And Happy Endings
• High Performance Standards for Applied Learning
• Integrating Math and Science
• Math Education Groups
• National Science Teachers Association - Content and Research
• New Visualization Tools