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NSTA Press: STEM Research Handbook: Harland

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This is a ppt I used for my presentation at NSTA Seattle area conference in December 2011. It is geared to teachers who are considering implementing my NSTA Press book, the STEM Student Research Handbook. We talked various ways to organize student-designed research projects; providing deadlines and meaningful feedback, how to support students working in groups, how web 2.0 tools can be used to organize and streamline the research process, and how to teach literacy aspects of research. Science teachers CAN do this! :)

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NSTA Press: STEM Research Handbook: Harland

  1. 1. NSTA Press: ImplementingResearch Projects as Part of theSTEM CurriculumDarci J. HarlandIllinois State UniversityCeMaST(Center forMathematics, Science, andTechnology) CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  2. 2. About MeFormer high school teacher: English & biologyFacilitated research with high school and preserviceteachersExpanded my own teaching resources to write this NSTAPress handbookCurrently work at ISU & volunteer at Salem Children’sHome as the science lab coordinator. CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  3. 3. Topics We’ll Discuss• Overview of the Handbook• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Research• Tips on Organizing students in student-designed research projects – Deadlines – Providing meaningful feedback – Supporting students working in groups – Using technology – Teaching literacy aspects of research CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  4. 4. Levels of Inquiry Demonstration Activity Teacher- Student- Initiated InitiatedPosing the Teacher Teacher Teacher StudentQuestionPlanning the Teacher Teacher Student StudentProcedureFormulating Teacher Student Student Studentthe Results From: D. Llewellyn. 2002. Inquiry within: Implementing inquiry-based science standards. Thousand Oaks, Corwin Press. CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  5. 5. About The HandbookWritten directly to thestudentGeared to high school &undergraduate students“Teacher Cues”Chapter Questions &Chapter ApplicationsSample rubrics CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  6. 6. Chapters1: Beginning a STEM Research Project2: Research Design3: Background Research4: Writing Hypotheses5: Proposal Writing6: Organizing a Laboratory Notebook7: Descriptive Statistics8: Graphical Representations9: Inferential Statistics and DataInterpretation10: Documentation11: Writing the STEM Research Paper12: Presenting the STEM Research Project CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  7. 7. About YouShare:• What experience you have in facilitatingstudent research projects.• Something you want to get out of today’spresentation CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  8. 8. What is STEM Research?Experiments conducted to address problemsin STEM fields that can be tested using thescientific method. CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  9. 9. Providing Students with Deadlines CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
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  11. 11. Sample Deadlines• Focusing Preliminary Research Ideas (SH#1)• Research Design Table (SH#2)• Background Research Questions (SH#3)• Evidence of library background research• Writing Hypotheses (SH#4)• Research Proposal• Organizing Laboratory Notebook CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  12. 12. Sample Deadlines (cont.)• Evidence of Data Collection• Organize Data into Tables & Graphs• Peer Editing of data tables & graphs (SH#5)• Rough Draft of Paper• Peer Editing of Paper (SH#6)• Oral Presentation CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  13. 13. Providing Meaningful Feedback CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  14. 14. Tone of FeedbackOral and WrittenSupportive and EncouragingFind positive things to say/write.Don’t give them changes to make, ask them more questions. CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  15. 15. Types of FeedbackChecking for understandingChecking for completionDo Until Accepted (DUA)Class BrainstormingPeer Editing CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  16. 16. Support StudentsWorking in Groups CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  17. 17. Tips For Successful GroupsTeach “functioning in a group”Schedule Time for Group Meetings• Determine strengths• Assign tasks• Write contractUse Technology CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  18. 18. Using Technology CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  19. 19. Wikis• Easily editable webpages• Multiple contributors• Upload files and images• Tabs “behind the page” – History-who made what edits – Discussion CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  20. 20. Sample Wiki Homepage CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  21. 21. Editing a Wiki CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  22. 22. CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  23. 23. CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  24. 24. Using a Wiki for Grading CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  25. 25. • Introduce Google Docs for sharing & collaboration – Word Documents – Excel spreadsheets• Assignments – Proposal (Word) – Data recording (Excel) CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  26. 26. Using Google Docs for Grading CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  27. 27. Google Docs: Revision History CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  28. 28. Google Docs: Data Collection (Excel) CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  29. 29. Social Bookmarking• Bookmark-online and share with others• Mark up webpages, – highlight – make sticky notes• Photo Sharing Websites – Flicker, Picaso – Share photos, tag them, CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  30. 30. Teaching the LiteracyComponents of Research CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  31. 31. Confidence to Teach Literacy• Writing across the curriculum – Science teachers teaching library research skills? – Science teachers teaching note taking skills? – Science teachers teaching writing skills?• Talk to English department – Work within the methods they use – Documentation style (MLA/APA) & note taking strategies CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  32. 32. Background Research• vs. – Basic search engine vs. database search• Identifying reliable resources• Free Open Access – Scholarly research articles for free! – See pg. 39 for a listing CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  33. 33. Note Taking• Have students write 5 overarching questions they will need to answer – Entity, independent variable, dependent variable, connections between the 2 variables – Organize background research within these areas• Old fashioned 3x5 notecards• Research Pages• Online tools: Easybib, NoteStar, SpringNote, Noodletools CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  34. 34. Scientific Writing• Similar to writing in English class – Proper grammar & spelling – Topic Sentences & paragraph organization – Transition words for organization• Different than writing in English class – Succinct writing is preferable CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  35. 35. Passive vs. Active VoiceVoice & Pronoun Sample SentenceActive Voice “I will remove the ball bearing.”1st Person (Future tense)Active Voice “I removed the ball bearing.”1st Person (Past tense)Passive Voice “The ball bearing will beNo pronoun (Future tense) removed.”Passive Voice “The ball bearing wasNo pronoun (Past tense) removed.”2nd Person “Remove the ball bearing.”Directive (Assumed You) CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  36. 36. Summary: You CAN do this!• Provide deadlines• Give meaningful feedback• Support students working in groups• Allow technology to support students as they collaborate and research• Emphasize literacy aspects of the process. CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  37. 37. My Websitehttp://darciharlan d. wordpress.com Place for teachers to share their tips for teaching research. Please drop by and make a post! CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  38. 38. Thanks for coming…• NSTA Bookstore book signing today 1:30• ISU online course for Teacher Professional development for teaching research (summer 2012)• http://darciharland.wordpress.com• djharland@ilstu.edu CeMaST: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology

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