NASA’S ELECTRONIC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK—TWO NEW COURSES

(Applications due by March 15 and April 1, read below for details)

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the ePDN, a new initiative dedicated to preparing teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

The ePDN offers free certificate programs (52 hours) in robotics, mathematics, Earth/space science and technology integration, flexibility to take individual courses within a certificate or the entire certificate program, both for CEU credit, and resources that teachers can use in the classroom or for personal development.

Applications are now open for two courses:

How to Represent & Interpret One Variable Data — Designed for high school math teachers. In this course, participants will deepen their understanding of exploratory data analysis and lay the foundations for sampling and inference. The application period for this course closes on March 15, 2010.

What is Project-Based Inquiry Learning? Designed for science teachers in grades 5-12 who are new to inquiry and project-based learning. In this course, participants will develop skill in using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving. The application period for this course closes on April 1, 2010.

To apply for these courses, visit http://nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasa_epdn_application_process.php.

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