California State University Northridge (CSUN) believes that middle school science students can learn more when teachers use a student-centered, collaborative approach with the support of technology. The Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) initiative is an ongoing effort to help science teachers in high-need Los Angeles area schools engage students in authentic research experiences through the use of cloud based computing tools.
CSCS is very active working with science teachers in integrating technology tools (especially cloud computing) into their classes.
Findings & Achievements:
We trained 29 middle school science teachers last summer in how to use Google Sites and Google Docs in their classroom. Our training included an innovated clinical teaching experience designed to help teachers get realistic experience teaching CSCS lessons.
Collaboration within Catalyst:
We have had discussions with Cal State Dominguez Hills Distributed Computational Design Environment (DiCoDE) Project about doing some joint professional development and support. To date we haven’t met about this yet.
We are excited about the potential of the Leadership project. The money (as opposed to the computer hardware) will enable us to do much more for our teachers and for the larger community. As for suggestions, having some predefined targets and goals will make the consortia meetings more productive and interesting. What would HP like from us?