91.587 Computer Science Education in Secondary School, Fall 2015
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Dr. Samantha Michalka (http://samanthamichalka.com),
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The course will meet at Methuen High School:
The goal of this course is to introduce teachers to using collaborative data visualization in their STEM instruction. Teachers will learn how to use a state-of-the-art collaborative data visualization system called iSENSE. They will conduct practical experiments in the areas of physical science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, biology, and earth and space science content areas, and use iSENSE to share, visualize, and make sense of their data. Teachers will also design their own data-centric collaboration and visualization activities, connecting with their instructional goals, and bring these activities to their students.
The course will make extensive use of the isenseproject.org online collaborative data visualization platform. Teachers should have ready access to the internet in their classroom to carry out activities with students. iPads and Chromebooks may be used for most activities.
One instructional module will make use of Vernier sensors. Chromebooks or regular Mac/Windows computers are required for this.
Work Products and Grading
Policies and Standards
The course is based on participation in a series of in-class exercises that develop course concepts in the specific STEM domains, and associated homeworks to extend the in-class work. Grading is based on classroom work, homework, and subsequent write-ups that describe work done and learning accomplished. There will be approximately ten weekly assignments, and a final project assignment and writeup.
Participants will be expected to notify the instructor of absences before class meets, and arrange to make up missed work by being in touch with other participants.
Grades will be assigned per graduate grading policies at http://www.uml.edu/Catalog/Graduate/Policies/Grading-Policies.aspx, per the key below. Written and classroom work will be graded with letter grades.:
Learning Objectives in S.M.A.R.T. Format