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Upcoming Workshops

Workshops will be held at two conferences during the next month:

1. Kevin Lee and Ed Prather will be teaching a day long workshop at the AAPT National Meeting in Portland, Oregon on July 18. The workshop is entitled "Teaching Astronomy Effectively with Technology". Abstract:

Educational research has clearly defined the characteristics of the optimal introductory astronomy classroom – one where students are actively engaged in the learning process and frequently receiving timely feedback on their learning progress. This CAE/CATS Tier 2 workshop will explore a variety of technologies that enable instructors to engage students and efficiently provide feedback. Instructors will be trained and provided with curriculum materials from multiple NSF grants on computer simulations, computerized databases of Think-Pair-Share questions, and a library of both animated and pencil-paper ranking and sorting tasks. All materials will be disseminated through the web (http://astro.unl.edu) before the workshop and attendees will bring their own laptops with the software already installed.

See the AAPT web site for more information.

2. The CATS team will be presenting a series of 7 workshops at the Cosmos 2010 Conference in Boulder. Those that include local presenters are:
  • Engaging Students with Simulations in the Classroom – Kevin Lee (U. of Nebraska) and Rica French (Mira Costa Coll.)
  • Engaging Students with ClassAction – Rica French (Mira Costa Coll.) and Kevin Lee (U. of Nebraska)
  • Engaging Students with Pencil-and-Paper and Computer-Delivered Ranking Tasks: Quantitative Reasoning Activities that Increase Learning – Ed Prather (U. of Arizona) and Kevin Lee (U. of Nebraska)
See the Cosmos web site for more information.
Thursday, July 8, 2010  —  Kevin