FLOW Education: Facilitating Learning through Outdoor Watershed Education
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Course Date: 17 September 2014 to 29 October 2014 (6 weeks)
This course is designed for classroom teachers (grades 4-8) to learn about watersheds and outdoor education using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as an example. The course introduces engaging technologies for investigating watersheds and helps you plan and effectively implement outdoor experiences.
Kathleen Schwille is the vice president of Educational
Design and Development at National Geographic Education Programs. She oversees professional
development and materials development projects for K-12 teachers and informal
educators focused on geography, science, and social studies learning, field
work, and use of media in educational settings.
Before coming to the National Geographic Society, Kathleen
researched professional development programs for science teachers to increase
student learning and change teachers’ classroom behavior. This previous work
was based on the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and
Science Study) studies that compared science classrooms in the United
States to classrooms around the world where students routinely out-perform our
students on science achievement tests. Kathleen has also developed science
materials for students, including a full year high school environmental science
in Environmental Science: A Case-Based Approach to the Study of Environmental
Kathleen is a certified science
teacher; she taught high school chemistry in rural Tanzania with the Peace
Corps.Kathleen has a
bachelor’s degree in chemistry education and a master’s degree in learning sciences,
both from Northwestern University.
Watershed education is an excellent way to introduce students to rich, interdisciplinary studies of one of the most important resources located in students’ backyards—water! The goal of the course is to increase your content knowledge on watershed topics and to help you develop outdoor learning experiences for your students.
In this course you will:
Increase literacy around watershed issues
Prepare to implement watershed content using engaging and effective instructional strategies in the classroom and on the school grounds
Share and reflect on your practice in a collaborative online environment
The course is designed for science and social studies teachers in grades 4 through 8. No prior knowledge is required. Teaching experience and access to students in a classroom is recommended.
Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this course? Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.
What resources will I need for this course? For
this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to
read and view cool content from National Geographic; discuss with your peers, and develop a course project.
What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this course? The
National Geographic Society offers this course to help you prepare
young people for the far-reaching decisions they will face throughout
their lives. To be prepared for these decisions, they must be able to
recognize the far-reaching implications of the decisions they make, and
they must be able to take those impacts into account when making
decisions. For this, your
students need to understand how our world works, how our world is
connected, and how to make well reasoned decisions.
This course consists of videos, readings and interactive resources.
Each session has a learning component in the form of a quiz called
Checking for Understanding. You will work on a course project throughout
the course which after submission, will be reviewed by your peers. The
richest experience of this course is the collaboration and interaction
in the discussion boards. It is your opportunity to learn from others.
There is no final exam.