Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an online professional development magazine for elementary teachers, focuses on preparing teachers to teach science concepts in an already congested curriculum by integrating inquiry-based science with literacy teaching. Launched in March 2008, each thematic issue relates elementary science topics and concepts to the real-world context of the polar regions and includes standards-based science and content-rich literacy learning.
Director of Digital Libraries
About Me (Bio):
Dr. Kimberly Lightle, Director of Digital Libraries, School of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University, has supported K-12 science and mathematics educators in their professional growth for the last 20 years by teaching preservice and inservice teachers at OSU, building digital libraries, and supporting educators in finding and using exemplary science and mathematics resources. Her research involves how to effectively use Web 2.0 tools to create and deliver content and how to mitigate barriers for use of these tools by teachers in both their professional development and instruction. She continues to work with mathematics and science teachers as PI on her latest NSF-funded projects: the Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways project and the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears online magazine.