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Using Models to Teach About Forces and Motion**
 
Course Description
    

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.

*This course is open to all certified WV science educators.
*This course is recognized as a technology course and will meet the technology coursework requirments for recertification.
***This course is approved for one course of the three course Physical Science bundle for Special Education teachers who are working toward becoming "Highly Qualified."

 
Course Syllabus
    

 

 

Using Models to Teach About  Forces and Motion**

Overview

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
  • identify the components of a learning cycle lesson and become familiar with the 5E Learning Cycle Model:  Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend (or Elaborate), and Evaluate.
  • apply the learning cycle model of constructivist inquiry to design student-centered activities about forces and motion.
  • examine and evaluate hands-on models, labs, visualizations, and demonstrations, as well as simulations and conceptual representations for teaching about forces and motion.
  • investigate and choose appropriate reading and writing strategies and multidimensional presentation methods for students with various learning styles.
  • build a deeper personal understanding of forces and motion through interactive online tutorials.
  • recognize how to detect and correct misconceptions that students commonly believe about forces and motion.
  • identify or design resource projects and/or authentic products to extend student understanding of force and motion concepts.
  • develop or adapt materials and instructional strategies to utilize in each phase of the 5 E Learning Cycle.
  • plan authentic assessments of students' conceptual understanding about forces and motion.

As final products, participants will
  • incrementally develop an indepth inquiry based 5E learning cycle instructional lesson plan.
  • include a rubric or other assessment instrument to evaluate student projects.
Course Organization
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.

Read
When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.

Activities
When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.

Discuss
When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.
Prerequisites
This is an introductory or refresher workshop for upper elementary or middle school science teachers, pre-service 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 necesaary to complete each session is estimated to be two to four hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:
Session One Engaging Learners and Exciting Curiosity about Science
Session Two Exploring Forces and Motion Using Hands-On Models and Activities
Session Three Explaining the Science of Motion to Different Types of Learners
Session Four Addressing Misconceptions
Session Five Extending Understanding through Meaningful Performance Tasks
Session Six Evaluating Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Motion and Forces

Final Project Template: Participants will need to download and use the Dynamic Learning: 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.

 

Assessment
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 Dynamic Learning: 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 Dynamic Learning: 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.

 

Discussion Participation

 

Participants will be evaluated 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 reflecting on the question for that session.  They are to read all of the original postings made by the other workshop participants and reply thoughtfully to at least two of them per session.    Participants’ original postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of workshop concepts, examples cited, and overall quality.  Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone.

 

Certificate 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 via email shortly after the completion of the course.
Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University or Marshall 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 
For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

The workshop will help participants meet the National Science Education Standards 5-8 (http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/6e.html) especially Standard A – Inquiry in Science and Standard B – Physical Science.

It will also assist in meeting the newly approved 21st Century K-8 Science Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.3.pdf), and the 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools Content Standards and Objective for West Virginia Schools (http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.14_ne.pdf). These all become effective July 2008.

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.