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Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIS) CyberPD System with 24/7 Online Resource...

NSF Awards: 1551474

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Adult learners

The PBIS CyberPD Support System was developed through funding from the National Science Foundation using extensive teacher input and feedback. With preparation materials, just-in-time support, reflection opportunities, and newly added content to help implement a 3-D learning approach, the PBIS CyberPD Support System has everything educators need to teach Project-Based Inquiry Science, an NSF funded, 3-year middle-school curriculum.

The PBIS CyberPD System enhances and extends the technique of a traditional wraparound teacher edition page to a digital format. In print, the amount of content that can be provided is severely restricted by the limited space that is available around the student page. In the digital format, all the “educative” material needed can be placed directly beside the corresponding student page without any space restrictions. Whether on a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone, teachers have all the material they need to prepare for or teach a lesson at their fingertips. In addition to written “educative” teacher supports, teachers can also access professional development videos, blackline masters, correlations, and other materials at point of use.

To help make the 3-D learning embedded in PBIS more explicit, the site now gives teachers 3-D Learning components such as: 3-D Storylines, 3-D Teaching Strategies, 3-D Meta Notes and 3-D Teacher Talk. These components emphasize key science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts as they appear in the unit and will support the teachers’ efforts to help students incorporate them into their science and engineering learning experiences.

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