Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Timely Resource for AP Teachers

Timely Resource for AP Teachers

Now that the AP tests are over, we understand that you may have time for innovation. This may give you the opportunity to sample one of our nanotechnology lessons. We've simplified it for you by offering comprehensive lesson plans (many of which have been improved by teachers' feedback) and by providing materials with a typical one to two-day turnaround.

The lessons, each of which illustrates a nanotechnology concept, vary in sophistication, so that you can find one that fits your class profile. We are available to discuss them with you and provide ongoing support since we realize that nanotechnology may be new for many of you.

The available lessons are:
• Properties of Colloidal Metals on Nano Scale
• The Molecular Scale: How do you measure what you can't see?
• Effect of Size on Reactions Hydrogels - Production and Applications
• The Effect of Particle Size on Filtering Efficiency of Water
• Hydrogels - Production and Applications

You also can access analytical instruments at our partner universities in your classroom through the Internet.

The lessons can be found on our website at:

The nanotecKnowledgy team looks forward to working with you to inspire your students with this exciting, 21st century technology that will have a profound impact on their lives.

Jim Murray, PhD, Chairman, Chemistry Department, Immaculata University
David Luzzi, PhD, MBA, Dean, College of Engineering, Northeastern University
Barry Stein, PhD, Senior Consultant
Mary Burch, PhD, Consultant

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Science Teacher Academy Application Deadline: July 1, 2011

New Science Teacher Academy Application Deadline: July 1, 2011

If you’re a second- or third-year secondary science teacher, don’t miss the deadline, July 1, to apply to NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy. The Academy supports its Fellows through mentoring and other professional development resources during their initial, challenging second and third years of teaching. Striving for quality science teaching, enhanced teacher confidence, classroom excellence, and solid content knowledge, the Academy provides the following benefits:

• Full membership in the National Science Teachers Association
• Access to the web-based content development and pedagogy activities and resources including web seminars led by national experts
• Use of vetted science websites, state and national standards sites, other professional organizations, safety tips, and more
• E-mentoring with an experienced teacher in the same science discipline and grade band
• Access to a nationwide, online network of science educators and scientists for exchange of information, ideas, and resources
• Participation in a Research Dissemination Conference or a Professional Development Institute
• Paid accommodations, airfare, meals, and registration fees to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education
Who is Eligible?
• Applicants must reside in the United States
• Applicants must be entering their second or third year of teaching
• Applicants must be working a schedule with 51 percent of their classes in middle or high school science

Download and complete an application ( to become a Fellow in the New Science Teacher Academy. July 1, 2011 is the deadline for receipt of all applications.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Physics I: Mechanics & Energy - Laboratory-Based Physics Content Institute

Physics I: Mechanics & Energy - Laboratory-Based Physics Content Institute

Supported by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Wonderful activities and research-based discipline-specific pedagogy

67.5 PDPs for completion of entire institute

$550 of supplies and equipment

Course Descripton: Investigations will involve the study of motion, change in motion, force, work, energy and power. The use of probeware for both computers and hand-held devises and data analysis software will be used extensively to facilitate .learning from nature.. The .minds-on.
pedagogy of Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs), developed at .The Center for Science and Mathematics Teaching. at Tufts University, will be modeled throughout the institute. Teacherswill leave this institute with classroom activities, written resources and an assortment of supplies and equipment (valued at ~$550) to support a technology enhanced physics curriculum.

This will be a collegial, hands-on laboratory-based course that is especially relevant to teachers in grades 7 through 12 and special education staff supporting students who are learning physics concepts.
This physics course will help you develop more competencies in physics and increase your comfort in using technology resources in support of teaching ideas related to the Massachusetts state frameworks standards in high school and middle school physics.

Dates: July 11, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, July 12-15 and July 18-21, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Follow-up: September 10 and December 3, 9:00 AM to 3:00PM

Location: Brockton High
School . 470 Forest Avenue, Brockton, MA

Contact: Mark D. Greenman
Mobile: 781-248-4952
Office: 703-292-5195

WEB Page:

Please note: this is not a Northeastern University program.