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Modeling And Simulation Tools for Education Reform MASTER Tools, developed by The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. are the result of on-going collaborations with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), George Mason University, and other education organizations. They are designed to be interactive tools and simulation environments that enable and encourage exploration and discovery through observation, conjecture, and modeling activities. Our growing portfolio of MASTER tools will soon be fully integrated with new collaboration tools and online research facilities to create an authentic scientific experience. Instructional materials are currently available for GalaxSee, SimSurface, and the Fractal Microscope. If you come across a model which does not function properly, please email us and let us know which models you are having trouble running.

I-STEM—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Edheads - Activate Your Mind! 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge Visible Thinking Purpose and Goals Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students' thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them Who is it for? Visible Thinking is for teachers, school leaders and administrators in K - 12 schools who want to encourage the development of a culture of thinking in their classrooms and schools. Key Features and Practices At the core of Visible Thinking are practices that help make thinking visible: Thinking Routines loosely guide learners' thought processes and encourage active processing. License

WISE inquiry science labs STEM Education Resource Center Welcome to PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Resources for Grades PreK-12 PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through television and online content. Explore some of our great STEM offerings for grades PreK-12. NOVA Science Now: The Secret Life of Scientists, "Becoming the Professor". Through many of our award-winning STEM-related television programs – NOVA, NATURE, CYBERCHASE, CURIOUS GEORGE, and SID THE SCIENCE KID – PBS continues to play its historic role as both a standard-bearer and innovator in digital content and professional development guided by research and actively supporting classroom teachers, home educators and childcare providers. The PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center is here to introduce you to selected STEM education resources. STEM Education News Additional Resources

Science Education Assessment - CSSS Science Education Assessment Performance-Based Science Assessments Webinar On October 24, 2012 CSSS members offered a 90 minute webinar describing performance-based science assessments. The webinar featured presentations by Edys Quellmalz, WestEd; Lauren Monowar-Jones, OH; Gail Hall, VT; and Liz Buttner, CT. Due to technical complications the first part of the webinar was not successfully recorded. Performance Assessments Webinar Performance Assessments Powerpoint Slides Taking Preliminary Steps to Integrate NGSS or NGSS-like Standards into Large-Scale Assessment, Presenters: Katie Bowler (Massachusetts) and April McCrae (Delaware) Massachusetts Science Assessments: Where We Are, We Might Be going First Steps in Preparing for NGSS Summative Assessment Integrating Practices into Items, Presenters: Tom Regan and Chris Lazzaro, College Board Integrating Practices into Items: Next Generation Assessments for Emerging Standards State & Territory Science Assessment Information and Web Sites

The Concord Consortium | Revolutionary digital learning for science, math and engineering Exploratorium: the museum of science, art and human perception Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards | The National Academies Press Overview Authors James W. Pellegrino, Mark R. Description Assessments, understood as tools for tracking what and how well students have learned, play a critical role in the classroom. [read full description] The new Framework and the NGSS are designed to guide educators in significantly altering the way K-12 science is taught. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards recommends strategies for developing assessments that yield valid measures of student proficiency in science as described in the new Framework. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards makes the case that a science assessment system that meets the Framework's vision should consist of assessments designed to support classroom instruction, assessments designed to monitor science learning on a broader scale, and indicators designed to track opportunity to learn. Topics Publication Info 288 pages | 8.5 x 10 Paperback ISBN: 978-0-309-28951-1 Contents Related Resources Research Tools