National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Math, Science & Technology 14th Annual Professional Conference - Morphing Education by Infusing Technology

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March 30 - 9:45am

Educational, technological and psychological issues in Distance Learning
Dr. Anatoly Temkin
60 Minutes
These are the following topics that I would like to discuss in the course of the presentation:
Distance Education - a new kind of learning over the Internet, which may dominate a a way of learning in the future. The downside of Distance Learning - lack of social interaction, difficulty in expressing some ideas by e-mail that could be much better expressed in person, lack of emotional interaction, leading to the perception of courses offered as being very "dry". The advantages of Distance Learning - communication in the written word, leading to better English skills: keeping track of every discussion that happens, no single student can dominate the discussion, deeper exchanges of ideas in the chat room than in the classroom.

Psychological aspects of Distance Learning - the psychology of learning has been around for hundreds of years, yet virtually nothing has been done in the field of e-learning.

Academic Integrity - the validity of online learning, academic courses that should or should not be offered online.

Technology - the various types of software (Blackboard, Webct) used in e-learning.

Business aspects - increasing the reach of colleges, competition among colleges.

Project VISM: Data Visualization Tools for the Math and Science Classroom
Bob Kolvoord
60 Minutes
Project VISM is a new way to think about professional development for data visualization and modeling. We'll demonstrate some of the tools and associated curriculum and talk about the approach. We'll also share details about upcoming Project VISM summer workshops that you could attend.

Going Digital with a High-Speed Photography Course
Loren Winters
60 Minutes
This session describes several uses of digital technology in a high-speed imaging course. These include: the use of Blackboard CourseInfo, a web-based course creation program, to provide an online component to supplement face-to-face instruction; the use of digital cameras to record high-speed phenomena; and the use of Microsoft FrontPage as a tool for student to create web sites to present their project work.

Mentoring Students and Teachers for High-Stakes Science Competitions
Bonnie Kaiser, Ph.D.
60 Minutes
Rockefeller University's Precollege Science Education Program matches high school students and K-12 teachers with scientist-mentors to gain laboratory research experience. An English teacher and a scientist team-teach our ScienTific Reading And Writing Course (STRAW) that supports the research experience. STRAW 2001 will be available on our website.

Dialogue to Develop Program Blueprint for Consortium Schools focusing on Minority Recruitment and Retention
Dr. Betty Stapp
60 Minutes
One-on-one dialogue with consortium teachers and staff to identify best practices for improving minority recruitment and retention. Schools with successful programming strategies are urged to attend to help develop a program blueprint for organization action and summer workshop.

MCSSSMST Alumni Studies: The Many Institutional Benefits of Post-Graduation Follow-Up
Jay Thomas
120 Minutes
The session's first hour explores findings from year two of MCSSSMST's Longitudinal Study. Hour two will outline two schools' highly effective efforts to strengthen school-alumni relations through post-graduation surveys. Both segments present appropriate research tools for assessing satisfaction, preparation, and college/career paths of Consortium graduates. Attend one or both hours.

March 30 - 11:00am

Distance Learning in the Humanities; Perspectives of Administrators, Teachers, and On-Site Facilitators
Virginia S. Wilson
60 Minutes
Presented by: Virginia S. Wilson, Peggy Manring and James Litle
A panel - Admistrator, Teachers, and On-Site Facilitators, will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of distance learning initiatives in Humanities of the NCSSM throughout North Carolina. Emphasis will be on practical tips for success. Demonstration tapes and lessons will be used to help participants visualize the distance-learning environment.

Affiliate Forum
Cheryl Lindeman, Central Virginia Governor's School
60 Minutes
This forum is designed for college participants to learn more about current NCSSSMST partnerships with colleges and universities and to explore future topics and opportunities. If you are a university or college educator who is not a member of NCSSSMST, please come and learn more about membership.

Rolling out Distance Learning: The MCVSD Experience
Betsy Hoffman
60 Minutes
Presented by Betsy Hoffman, Sandy Wolgast and others brought in by videoconferencing
Learn about the Monmouth County Vocational School District's experience with implementing videoconferencing for classroom use - the trials, the tribulations, and the triumphs. Among the subjects to be discussed: equipment needed, equipment problems, attitudes toward videoconferencing, professional development, instructional opportunities available, students' and teachers' reactions, future plans.

Cognitive Rationale for Computer Use
Elaine M. Schmid
60 Minutes
The works of Lev Vygotsky, a Russian psychologist, and their implications for computer-mediated instruction will be described.

Morphing Physics and Mathematics into a Joint Curriculum
Richard Fisher and Robert Carlson
60 Minutes
Demonstration of software designed to unify mathematics and physics using simulated lab activities with "real" data and graphs of experimental runs. Inspired by actual computer interfaced labs and recognizing that a full array of physics lab activities will allow a complete math and physics curriculum to be developed.

Teaching Historic Primary Source Materials through Classroom Drama
James Davis Moran
60 Minutes
This program uses materials from the American Antiquarian Society, a national research library of American History and Cultures, to provide an evocative interdisciplinary approach to the study Early American History and Literature.

March 30 - 1:45pm

The Illinois Virtual High School
Matthew Wicks
60 Minutes
The Illinois Virtual High School has gone from initial planning to implementation in approximately 18 months. This has been accomplished without dedicated staff by utilizing a team of educators from throughout the State. This session will focus on lessons learned in leading a state-wide collaborative project in a "cutting edge" area of educational technology.

Integrating Technology Into the Calculus Curriculum
Dr. Cecilia Knoll
60 Minutes
The primary thrust of this presentation is to discuss the role of technology in the calculus curriculum. There are two main points: 1) using technology (graphing calculators and computer algebra systems) to develop mathematical intuition and 2) a demonstration of CAS (Mathematica).

Population Dynamics Laboratory
James F. Smith, Anthony Curtis, Ming Chan and Richard A. Fisher
60 Minutes
Demonstration of visual program and documentation to analyze and simulate population dynamics of animal or plant populations, to be used in college or AP environmental science or biology classes.

Teaching Experimental Biology: Infusing laboratory research into the classroom
Dr. Michael Frodyma
60 Minutes
Research is the foundation of all knowledge in the Biological Sciences. Additionally, many concepts are learned more efficiently using a hands-on approach. In this session, I will describe some of our experiences in Biological Sciences at Florida Tech in bringing high school and college students into the research lab, and in bringing the research lab into the classroom.

You Just Have to Laugh
Debra S. Blenis
60 Minutes
A quick look at the relationship between humor and learning. Participants will discuss forms of classroom humor and create subject specific examples. We will also explore the infusion of humor into technology (web pages, CDs, PowerPoint, etc.).

Beyond Content and Delivery: Directions for the Success of Online Education
Cynthia McIntyre, Alice Smith and Raymond Rose
60 Minutes
Most of the research on the value, effectiveness, and components of online education have focused on producing the content and delivery of online material. Less research has been related specifically to the pedagogical aspects that are unique to online education. Further, very little research or attention has been directed to support issues (both technical and social), administrative issues, community issues, planning and time requirements for online courses, attitude and acceptance issues, and understanding the change requirements for online learning, to name a few issues. This presentation will cover these issues and offer solutions based on our experience related to offering the Virtual High School program, the experience derived from INTEC and a great deal of experience obtained from delivery of online seminars and training related to online teaching and development.

Students as a Resource for Tech Applications
Anthony Bertucci
120 Minutes
This presentation will discuss using students as a resource for technology education. This includes maintenance, day to day operations, and curriculum development. The session will give examples of students providing technology services at the administrative, teacher, and student levels. This will also include curricula development. Also covered will be how programs of this nature improve technology resources, and give students real-world experience.

TI Interactive - Let's Get Active!
Jacklyn Bonneau
120 Minutes
Have an opportunity to use the new integrated software package form Texas Instruments. The software package integrates the technology of the calculator, recourses of the web, and the power of a computer to produce a complete document. You will leave with a 30 day copy to continue your work.

STELLA in Science
Elaine M. Schmid
120 Minutes
Several examples of how STELLA can be used in the science classroom to aid conceptual understanding will be explored in this workshop.

Discovery Learning through Computer Modeling
Nannette Dyas and Susan Ragan
120 Minutes
In this session, participants will see how CBL's, spreadsheets, and computer modeling can be used to explore curve-fitting and the characteristics of functions and their rates of change. The focus will be on an approach, which encourages students to discover relationships rather than being told the relationships.

March 30 - 3:00pm

Girls and Math and Science- What's Left to Do?
Sheila Tobias
60 Minutes
A discussion of new professional science (and mathematics) master's degrees designed to provide a launch pad for science and math majors into business, government, consulting, and other non-traditional careers. Sheila Tobias is the Outreach and Dissemination Coordinator for the Sloan Science Masters Program. Find out what's ahead for students in the new millennium.

Hydro power Contest
Michael E. Coates
120 Minutes
Session participants will form "technology"/"morphing" teams. "Technology" teams will design and construct a water-to-energy conversion device. "Morphing" teams will monitor the design/construction teams and brainstorm how to integrate other subjects with this learning platform. Schools may utilize the Hydro Power Contest as an internal project and may compete annually for scholarships and other prizes.

Is it average adolescent angst or abnormal anxiety?: One of the many challenges for counselors in residential high schools.
Donna Fleming
60 Minutes
Providing counseling services for teenagers at residential schools necessitates clear understanding of several critical issues including confidentiality, parental permission, diagnosis, treatment and referral. A psychologist at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science will discuss guidelines for counseling services and provide examples of those unexpected situations, which are particularly challenging.

Cyberspace: a report from the frontier
John Gleason
120 Minutes
Panel presented by: Joan D. Barber, Ph.D., John Gleason, Mike Roche and Eileen Steinkraus, Moderated by Lance E. Schachterle, Ph.D.
The Internet, one core of the telecommunications revolution has been compared to the railroad in relation to the expansion of the American frontier and to the assembly line in its relation to the industrial revolution. Suppose we are in the midst of a revolution into a new era. Let's not forget the old west was a lawless dangerous place as were the factory towns in the industrial revolution. No doubt we are in for legislation and litigation. So we would like to share with you our experiences and responses to the ever-evolving Internet and our place in it. What are the real risks and tradeoffs? Free speech, privacy rights, hacking, cracking, search and seizure, proxy server, firewall, alphabet soup: AUP, ACLU, FBI, DIA. What does any of this have to do with operating high quality high schools? Panelists and audience are expected to report on the evolution of their practices and policies in response to the various stakeholders, events and experiences.

One Crab, Two Crab, Red Crab, Blue Crab...Creating an Electronic Reference and Database to Manage Ecological Data
Lisa Wu
60 Minutes
Learn how advanced computer systems, biology and World Wide Web have collaborated to create a database to manage data collected in, on, and under the salt marshes, shallow waters and sand dunes of an estuary.

Use of Technology in Ethics and Learning Curriculum
Steve Warshaw and Dr. Virginia S. Wilson
60 Minutes
NCSSSMST's Ethics and Leadership Initiative includes two courses utilizing a course web site, student web sites, distance learning, and excerpted videos. We also depend upon databases to conduct our annual ethics and leadership conference, which last year drew 450 registrants from 35 high schools. We will discuss our successes and challenges.

March 30 - 4:15pm

Fear of Technology in the Classroom: When are our fears reasonable? Is technology good or evil? Does Technology always work?
Joel H. Blatt
60 Minutes
This session considers fears associated with "New Technologies" in the classroom. We want to identify those technologies that will survive and are pedagogically useful, and then look at our fears of this technology. For each fear we identify, can we also identify strategies to solve the problems?

Chemical Engineering: What is it all about?
Dr. Maria Pozo de Fernandez
60 Minutes
Chemical Engineering is one of the disciplines that most people don't understand. Traditionally, chemical engineers worked in the oil and petroleum industries, but changes in the field are attracting chemical engineers to work in many different areas, such as, bioengineering, materials, electronics, pharmaceuticals and environmental. This session will concentrate on explaining the difference between Chemical Engineering and other engineering disciplines and the opportunities and benefits that a career in chemical engineering will bring to a prospective student.

Computer Literacy: More Than Just A Click Away
Michael C. Smith
60 Minutes
A brief look at the how's and why's of using multiple applications to guide students towards a more complete computer education. Session will include practical ideas for integrating Mathematica spreadsheets, databases and Java.

Explorations in Science: Integration of a computer network in a pilot program and the launching of a regional math and science center.
Presented by: Dr. Jeffrey Osborn, Antonella Bona and Howard Thiery
The panel will present the use of a computer network in a pilot program presented in three ten-week sessions for 40 students per session. The lessons learned were important to refinement to integration of a comprehensive network into the instructional program.

Integrated Science and Technology Curricula
Bob Kolvoord
60 Minutes
The Integrated Science and Technology program at James Madison University has broken new ground in collegiate curriculum with a science and technology-based program that cuts across disciplines and focuses on connections. We'll discuss the results and future directions.

Reliving the Past: Technology and Classroom Simulations
Philip Bigler and Sheri Maeda
60 Minutes
How can technology be seamlessly integrated with historical and cultural simulations? Students take charge of their own learning as they experience the issues, hopes and challenges of men and women throughout our nations's past while using the instructional tools of the present.

Connecting Science Research to the Classroom: A consortium Partnership Program
Dr. Joy E. Colbert
60 Minutes
This session will provide a demonstration of integrated learning activities developed collaboratively by Consortium school faculty, university researchers and practicing scientists. These standards based/program based learning applications were developed under the auspices of The Institute for Connecting Science Research to the Classroom (ICSRC) at Virginia Tech, an organization with a mission to make the science, mathematics and technology resources of large research universities accessible to K-12 students and their teachers. These learning packages are available to teachers and students throughout the country.

Young Men and Fire, the Internet and the Scientific Method
Shane Willbanks, John Harrison, Alecia Castleberry, Donna Hutchinson and Walt Levisee
60 Minutes
This session will present methods of teaching students the art of research and inquisition using an interdisciplinary approach. By using a novel as a unifying theme, the presenters will demonstrate the scientific method in real situations to help students develop a thoughtful research or experimental based project.

March 31 - 10:15am

Industrial Careers Drive a New Paradigm in the Mathematics and Science Education
Arthur Heinricher and Bogdan Vernescu
120 Minutes
New career paths available for students, well trained in mathematics, require a new approach to mathematics and science education. We will describe how industrial mathematics is driving change in mathematics education at the university level. We will present projects developed at WPI for high school students that illustrate ways mathematics is used to solve real problems.

Eleanor Roosevelt's T.I.E.*into the 21st Century
Darlene Haught
60 Minutes
Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland has developed a technology plan that is designed to facilitate the total school program in providing a quality education for all students that will develop skills to research, analyze, create, and communicate information effectively using current technology and methodologies.

Affiliate Forum
Cheryl Lindeman, Central Virginia Governor's School
60 Minutes
This forum is designed for college participants to learn more about current NCSSSMST partnerships with colleges and universities and to explore future topics and opportunities. If you are a university or college educator who is not a member of NCSSSMST, please come and learn more about membership.

On The Road Again
Paul Bigford
60 Minutes
Our Center has developed a tradition of educational field trips to supplement our classroom learning. We have evolved several categories of trips to appeal to various needs and abilities of our students. This session will discuss destinations, funding, means of travel, etc.: the nuts and bolts of true distance learning.

A Discussion of Distance Learning in Consortium Schools
Dennis Lundgren
60 Minutes
Panel Presented by: Dennis Lundgren, Peggy Manring, Matt Wicks and Dr. Richard Loftin
This panel discussion will present the state of distance learning in the consortium schools represented by the presenters from several different schools. A variety of methods will be discussed including statewide virtual high schools. Further discussion will include the future of distance learning and its impact on our schools.

Electronic Student Portfolios
John M. Brown, Jr.
60 Minutes
Participants will discover how infusing technology with portfolios can enhance, expand and enrich the authentic learning experience for students.

Experience CBL2 and LabPro Technology First Hand
Jacklyn Bonneau and Gray Harrison
120 Minutes
Come see and use the new interfaces for calculatior and computers. Participants will have an opportunity to try the new CBL2 from Texas Instruments with TI calculators and the LabPro with both Macs and PCs. If you haven't seen the ease of data collections with the new Datamate and Logger Pro, stop in.

Falling into STELLA: Using Computer Modeling in Physics
Lola Piper and Robert Donaldson
120 Minutes
Elementary physics courses have traditionally been restricted to situations with constant acceleration. In this workshop, participants will use STELLA, an icon-based modeling tool based on numerical integration, to analyze motion involving variable acceleration in one and two dimensions. Teaching strategies that have been successful with our ninth graders will also be shared.

The Next Frontier - Precalculas and Statistics through Modeling
Jim Barys and Robert Knittle
120 Minutes
Using graphing calculator based technology participants will work through several models based on data collection and natural phenomena to realize the power modeling has for improved student understanding of functions and statistics.

March 31 - 11:30am

Engineering the 21st Century: Preparing for the 14th Annual NCSSSMST Student Symposium
Linda N. Cauley and Robert Kolvoord
A discussion of the 2001 student conference in Harrisonburg, VA will focus on stuent team organization, preparation, and communication. The conference website with chat rooms and listserves will be demonstrated. Suggestions for improving the conference plans will be sought from school representatives.

To Walk in My Shoes - Both Pairs!
Norman Smith
60 Minutes
Realize all that you know as a high school guidance counselor/NCSSSMST Counselor/Admission officer. Now switch places for a year, and what do you have? True experience, knowledge and a professional "break" which will absolutely delight and refresh!

Algebra In The Time of Computers
Kurt Kreith (60 - 120)
Based on a recent book "Interactive Algebra and Dynamic Modeling", this session calls for an examination of the traditional algebra curriculum in light of technology and an exchange of ideas on ways in which algebra can be brought into the computer age.

Integrating Science & Technology in your Classroom
Evelyn Rios
60 Minutes
Discover exciting ways to integrate science and technology into your classroom. Create a new project that challenges students to discover for themselves how to use the Internet for research and communication. It gives the students an opportunity to learn about the process of solving real-world problems by sharing their ideas in designing a website to illustrate their conclusions. The students also have the challenge to do all their research online, inviting experts into the classrooms via email.

How Technology is Transforming the High School Physics Lab
S. William Bishop
60 Minutes
Technology is integrated into the CVGS physics lab to increase student productivity, enhance the instructional environment, and expose students to emerging technologies. Examples of how this is transforming the course into a dynamic learning experience where students take on more personal responsibility in application of physics concepts will be presented.

Mentorship and Research at TJHSST
John Soloman and Francis Berenty
60 Minutes
The TJHSST Mentorship Program
This presentation will discuss the unique opportunities which mentorship provides for selected students to experience concentrated research in a specialized field. The presentation will highlight the development and refinement of those research techniques, problem-solving tools, critical thinking, interpersonal, communicative and leadership skills with mentorship provides.

Program requirements will be reviewed to include time allocations and curriculum integration, weekly logs, oral presentations, project summaries, research papers, project display boards and the assessment process.

Dear Science Teacher: Why is your Computer Science Colleague Indispensable?
Presented by: Kathi Fisler and Shriram Krishnamurthi
Computer programming offers the natural sciences a powerful tool. Students can represent physical worlds, defining laws and exploring consequences. Most current programming curricula are, sadly, too complex and machine-oriented to enable this. We have designed and successfully deployed a high-school curriculum that addresses these problems. Put your computer science colleague to work for you!
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