CLEAN Teleconference Call October 9, 2018

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Rachel Connolly - PBS Learning Media Weather & Climate Resources using NASA data

Abstract: The vision of students learning disciplinary core ideas in the context of science practices, as outlined in the NRC's A Framework for K-12 Science Education (2012), marks a significant shift in science education. Digital media tools and resources are increasingly integral to engaging in scientific practices.

WGBH, in collaboration with NASA, is working with teachers across the country to design and evaluate media-based educational Earth and space science materials for K-12 classrooms. Resources are designed to engage diverse learners in core ideas and practices and are distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia to over 1.9 million registered educators and their students across the country. The goal of the project is to design, test and disseminate new instructional models and digital media tools that will enable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching and learning, an area in which WGBH has long been a leader.

Resources have been designed for diverse learners and feature innovative media formats that draw upon the unique assets from NASA; including satellite images, and data visualizations, and videos drawn from WGBH's signature programs such as NOVA and PEEP & the Big Wide World. The collections of resources range from grades K-12 and address topics in Earth and Space Science subjects including weather, climate, land, and water, with supporting materials such as background essays, teaching tips, and student handouts to make them easy to select and use by educators.

Speaker Bio: Rachel Connolly is the Director of STEM Education for WGBH and PBS LearningMedia. Rachel is the Principal Investigator for the Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms project.

After teaching high school physics in NYC, Rachel moved into teacher professional development and educational programming at the American Museum of Natural History. Her work with the Hayden Planetarium sparked a love of data visualization that led to graduate work at Teachers College Columbia University.

Her work focuses on designing media-integrated educational experiences that leverage emerging formats of scientific data for innovative instruction.

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