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PhET Interactive Simulations

Collection of 158 free interactive math and science simulations from University of Colorado Boulder. Engage students in math and science practices, and virtual labs, during remote learning. Find over 2,000 sim-based lessons under teacher resources. 

Author/Presenter: 
The PhET Sims Team
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

Collection of 158 free interactive math and science simulations from University of Colorado Boulder. Engage students in math and science practices, and virtual labs, during remote learning. Find over 2,000 sim-based lessons under teacher resources. 

Teaching Practices for Differentiating Mathematics Instruction for Middle School Students

Three iterative, 18-episode design experiments were conducted after school with groups of 6–9 middle school students to understand how to differentiate mathematics instruction. Prior research on differentiating instruction (DI) and hypothetical learning trajectories guided the instruction. As the experiments proceeded, this definition of DI emerged: proactively tailoring instruction to students’ mathematical thinking while developing a cohesive classroom community.

Author/Presenter: 
Amy J. Hackenberg
Mark Creager
Ayfer Eker
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

This study is a case of using second-order models of students’ mathematical thinking to differentiate instruction, and it reveals that inquiring into research-based knowledge and inquiring responsively into students’ thinking are at the heart of differentiating mathematics instruction.

Tips for Using Videos to Teach Math Remotely

The Flipped Mathematics Study offers advice on how to use video to teach math remotely.

Author/Presenter: 
Zandra de Araujo
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

The Flipped Mathematics Study offers advice on how to use video to teach math remotely.

Thinking Beyond the Score: Multidimensional Analysis of Student Performance to Inform the Next Generation of Science Assessments

Conventional assessment analysis of student results, referred to as rubric‐based assessments (RBA), has emphasized numeric scores as the primary way of communicating information to teachers about their students’ learning. In this light, rethinking and reflecting on not only how scores are generated but also what analyses are done with them to inform classroom practices is of utmost importance.

Author/Presenter: 
Lourdes Cardozo‐Gaibisso
Seohyun Kim
Cory Buxton
Allan Cohen
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

Informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics and Latent Dirichlet Allocation analyses, this study utilizes an innovative bilingual (Spanish–English) constructed response assessment of science and language practices for middle and high school students to perform a multilayered analysis of student responses.

Next Generation Sheltered Instruction to Support English Learners in Secondary Science Classrooms

Using findings from a 4‐year research and development effort, we propose an updated model of sheltered instruction for science classrooms that leverages the opportunities provided by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to better support multilingual learners in middle and high school science.

Author/Presenter: 
Cory Buxton
Linda Caswell
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

Using findings from a 4‐year research and development effort, we propose an updated model of sheltered instruction for science classrooms that leverages the opportunities provided by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to better support multilingual learners in middle and high school science.

Teaching STEM with Robotics: 10 NGSS-Plus-5E Lessons

10 NGSS-Plus-5E middle school lessons for teaching STEM with robotics.

Author/Presenter: 
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

10 NGSS-Plus-5E middle school lessons for teaching STEM with robotics.

Teaching STEM with Robotics: Common Core State Standards-Aligned Lessons

22 Common Core State Standards-aligned middle school lessons for teaching STEM with robotics.

Author/Presenter: 
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

22 Common Core State Standards-aligned middle school lessons for teaching STEM with robotics.

Designing Robotics-based Science Lessons Aligned with the Three Dimensions of NGSS-plus-5E Model: A Content Analysis

Currently, 19 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) while 16 states have revised their standards to mirror the NGSS. Transitioning from the previous standards to the NGSS requires in-depth teacher professional development (PD) that delves into the three-dimensional (3D) performance expectations (PE) of the NGSS. Each PE constitutes: science and engineering practices (SEPs), disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), and crosscutting concepts (CCCs).

Author/Presenter: 
Hye Sun You
Sonia Mary Chacko
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

In this study, analyzing lesson plans using the rubrics provided opportunities for suggestions and feedback for improvement to developers and it informs the development of new lessons by the project team.

Use of a Design Canvas in a Robotics Workshop and Analysis of its Efficacy

Author/Presenter: 
Abhidipta Mallik
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This paper describes how the design canvas of Kline et al. was adopted and implemented in our workshop and investigates its benefits.

Analyzing Successful Teaching Practices in Middle School Science and Math Classrooms when using Robotics

A robotics-based curriculum offers numerous opportunities to enrich science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for students and enables teachers to integrate engineering and computing techniques into educational programs.

Author/Presenter: 
Veena Jayasree Krishnan
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This paper analyzes teaching practices that successfully integrate robotics in middle school science and math classrooms.

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