e-Learning for Educators
|Using Models to Teach About Forces and Motion*|
This six-session online workshop, along with an orientation, guides participants as they explore the use of hands-on objects, models, and simulations to enable students to construct accurate conceptual representations of forces and motion. Participants will study an inquiry-based, constructivist science teaching model known as the 5E Learning Cycle, identify some characteristics and examples of each of the commonly recognized phases – Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Extension (or Elaboration), and Evaluation – and develop an comprehensive 5E instructional lesson plan.
*This course is open to all certified WV science educators or elementary (grades K-8) certified teachers who are currently teaching in the classroom.
This six-session online workshop, along with an orientation, guides participants as they explore the use of hands-on objects, models, and simulations to enable students to construct accurate conceptual representations of forces and motion. Participants will study an inquiry-based, constructivist science teaching model known as the 5E Learning Cycle, identify some characteristics and examples of each of the commonly recognized phases – Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Extension (or Elaboration), and Evaluation – and develop an indepth 5E instructional lesson plan.
During the workshop participants will search the web for relevant resources and instructional strategies for integration into each of the learning phases. The activities and readings in this workshop will help participants reinforce their own conceptual understanding of forces and motion, as well as locate and develop a variety of concrete physical, visual, graphic and computer representations, and abstract conceptual models to teach students with different learning styles and then assess the students’ understanding of forces and motion.
By the end of this course, participants will
As final products, participants will
This is an introductory or refresher workshop for science teachers, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.
Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be two to four hours.
Engaging Learners and Exciting Curiosity about Science
Exploring Forces and Motion Using Hands-On Models and Activities
Explaining the Science of Motion to Different Types of Learners
Extending Understanding through Meaningful Performance Tasks
Evaluating Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Motion and Forces
Final Project Template: Participants will need to download and use the Using Models to Teach about Forces and Motion 5E Lesson Plan Template to plan and design their 5E lesson plan throughout the workshop.
Workshop participants are expected to complete weekly assignments, including actively participating in the online discussion board. In addition, a draft of the partially completed 5E lesson plan is to be submitted as a mid-workshop checkpoint.
Workshop participants will complete an orientation and then six weekly workshop sessions that include readings, activities, and online discussions. There will be a pre-workshop survey and a post-workshop survey. In addition, participants will incrementally develop a lesson plan throughout the duration of the workshop and submit it as a final project. A partially completed draft of the lesson plan will serve as a mid-workshop checkpoint. The time for completing each session is estimated to be two to four hours weekly plus additional time to complete the final lesson plan. Workshop Products
As part of the requirements, participants will complete a Using Models to Teach about Forces and Motion 5E Lesson Plan Template to design a lesson to teach an aspect of forces and motion that meets the content standards and objectives for the participant’s subject and grade level. The lesson plan will be evaluated using the Using Models to Teach about Forces and Motion 5E Lesson Plan Rubric to see that it accommodates multiple learning styles and contains student interaction with physical objects or models, utilizes a variety of models such as visual representations and computer simulations, integrates technology, and addresses common misconceptions about forces and motion. As a component of the lesson plan, the participants must also develop specifications for student projects or other products that will allow students to demonstrate understanding of forces and motion including accurate oral or written explanations of the concepts. An evaluation instrument such as a rubric for assessment of the student projects is to be included with the participant’s lesson plan.
Assignments and Discussions
Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory. There is a required orientation quiz and both pre-course and post-course surveys.
Orientation Quiz & Workshop Surveys: Participants must complete an Orientation Quiz with a score of 90% or higher. In addition, participants are expected to complete both a pre-course and a post-course surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.
Discussion Participation: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.
Copyright and Plagiarism
All resources referenced during the course will be properly documented. Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with course projects, course assignments and course discussions will be original to each course participant. Fair use does not apply to the course project.
Plagiarism, the reproduction of all or any part of another individual’s or organization’s work, by a course participant of work associated with the course project or other course assignments at any point during the course will result in no credit being awarded for the course.
All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.
Certficates of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Dynamic Learning: Using Models to Teach about Forces and Motion Overview, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by attachment to the final course dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
Non-Degree Graduate Credit Information
Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either Concord University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University or West Virginia University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.
Content and Technology Standards
This workshop, Dynamic Learning: Using Models to Teach about Forces and Motion, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards I, II, III, and IV
The Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science in West Virginia Schools (effective 7/1/2016) will be utilized throughout course assignments.
About this Course
This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us) under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.
Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007. All rights reserved.