Transformation of an educational setting begins with transformation of the educator. In this multi-day workshop, you will be exposed to modern science pedagogies and the technologies that can enable you to build your modern science classroom.

Teachers developing a geoscience curriculum around plastic bottles during a workshop at the VIII GeoSciEd Conference in Campinas, Brazil, July 2018 (photo by Lev Horodyskyj)

Part 1: Educational Setting Audit

Every workshop begins with an audit of your educational setting. Who are you teaching? Where do they come from and what has been their previous science experience? Are you working in a high-tech classroom? A public forum? An off-grid rural setting?

If you don’t have all the information on your audience, don’t worry! We’ll provide you with validated research surveys and resources that can help you better understand your educational setting and whether what you develop is working.

Part 2: Teaching Science

Teaching science content is easy. Teaching lab methodology is easy. But teaching the process of science isn’t, often because people often can neither articulate the skills and thinking processes of science nor conceptualize how to teach and evaluate those skills.

In the second part of the workshop, educators learn about an improved pedagogy of science focused on the skills of science, rather than on content or lab skills (still included, but secondary to the skills of science). Working together, educators develop curricula and lessons organized around storytelling, using elements of game design and active learning.

Part 3: Teaching with Technology

There are many tools out there that promise big results and transformation. There are also tools that audiences love and find incredibly addictive. But are those tools accomplishing your education goals? Is increased engagement translating into actual learning gains?

In the third part of the workshop, educators will be introduced to available teaching technology tools and how to choose the ones most appropriate for their classroom. Together as a cohort, educators will learn how these tools work and design their own educational experiences to use in their classrooms.

Workshops are designed primarily for educators working at the collegiate level and in public outreach for science, but can be conducted with primary and secondary school educators by special request. Workshop length can be adjusted to your schedule, but is designed to run for 2-3 days. The typical workshop size is 10-15 educators. Workshops are designed for innovative educators who are at the forefront of innovation, and are interested in sharing their knowledge with fellow educators.

If you’re interested, contact us for a quote! We can also work with you on fundraising to cover the costs of the workshop.