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Scholarships Now Available to Middle School Science Teachers

posted on January 17, 2013

Scholarships Now Available to Middle School Science Teachers

Iowa Public Television is looking for middle school science teachers interested in a free online course.  Through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, 85 Iowa Middle School Science Teachers have the opportunity to take the course, Global Climate Change Education.  The PBS TeacherLine "Global Climate Change Education for Middle School" online course will begin February 27. This is a 6 week (3 credit) online course that will finish the mid-April, 2013.  Iowa Public Television will pay the cost of the course which is $345.  In addition, IPTV will pay for license-renewal credits through AEA PD online (3 credits).  Graduate credit through Morningside is available for an additional fee (Graduate credit will be the expense of the learner, $60 per credit). Please let me know via email if you are interested in this opportunity by January 31, 2013. 

To enroll in this course, scholarship recipients will need to submit a $100 refundable deposit to IPTV prior to the start of the course.  The $100 will be refunded to participants upon the completion of the course.  If for any reason, participants do not complete the course, the $100 deposit will not be refunded.

Course Description: 

Teach global climate change using a problem-solving approach and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) methodology to engage middle-school students and help them understand the causes and effects of climate change. Learn about the differences between climate and weather and how actions and nature affect the environment. Enhance content knowledge of climate change and learn how to effectively implement STEM instructional strategies using resources from NASA and WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain.

Course Information: 

The PBS TeacherLine "GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL" online course enables teachers to strengthen their subject area knowledge and instructional skills to engage students in critical lessons on climate change, while teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts.  Teachers will learn how to use a problem-based learning approach and STEM methodology to integrate media-rich educational resources from NASA, PBS, and other online sites into classroom instruction.  This course will integrate reading, videos, resources, and content from PBS with current data collected by NASA and other affiliated organizations.

Course Requirements: 

This is a 6 week online course that will take approximately 45 hours for completion.  There is a course facilitator in charge of the materials and discussions.  Learners are expected to log into the course at least three times a week to complete the assignments and read and respond to discussion boards.  Learners should plan on nine hours per week online to complete all course work.

IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN THIS OPPORTUNITY AFTER READING THIS ENTIRE EMAIL, PLEASE EMAIL KELLY NESHEIM YOUR INTEREST BY SEPTEMBER 25.  
Kelly K. Nesheim
Professional Development Coordinator
kelly.nesheim@iptv.org
(515)242 - 6279
IN THE EMAIL PLEASE INCLUDE THE EMAIL ADDRESS YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE, A MAILING ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER.  
Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

Course Goals:

In this course, teachers will gain knowledge about climate, weather, the evidence supporting global climate change, the controversies surrounding the issue, how to use STEM, Web 2.0 tools, and problem-based learning strategies as methods for teaching students in a 21st century classroom. By the end of the course, teachers will

  • Collect resources to help students better understand climate change.
  • UseSTEM teaching techniques to investigate climate change with their students
  • Integrate NASA resources into instruction.
  • Connect global climate education with existing standards and curriculum.

 


Tags: computers education educators graduate school learning middle schools online learning PBS TeacherLine PBS Teachers science STEM teachers

Subjects: MathScience & Technology

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