Free Workshops in Data Collection Technology Available This Spring
A software maker will provide free workshops in
data-collection technology this spring to science and STEM (science,
technology, engineering and math) teachers.
Software & Technology will give 34 free
workshops at different locations around the country beginning February
Jacksonville, FL, and Memphis, TN. Attendees can earn two graduate
credit hours through the Portland
State University Center for Science Education upon completion.
During the workshops, the educators will receive
training using Vernier's Go Wireless Temp, a wireless sensor that can be
with iPads and other mobile devices.
Along with the workshop training, educators will get
an electronic copy of the workshop training manual that will include
lab handouts for their students.
Examples of content covered by the workshops include:
learn how to collect data with a motion detector;
- Chemistry teachers will use a colorimeter to
concentration of a nickel sulfate solution;
- Biology teachers will measure concentrations of
during cell respiration;
- Environmental and earth science teachers will learn
classroom applications for GPS sensors; and
- And K-8 science teachers will, among other things,
use a heart
rate monitor to measure heart rates before and during exercise.
"The training was exactly what our new science
to get started using the equipment that is available to them," said Lynn
Scheller, who mentors beginning teachers in Hillsboro, OR.
A complete schedule of classes that will take place
February through May and registration information is available at Vernier.com.
David Vernier, founder of the company and a former
teacher, said, "Educators can take the skills and best practices learned
workshops and apply them to help students master the ideas and concepts
detailed in the Next Generation State Standards."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.