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Online Courses to Improve Science Instruction and learn more the Next Generation Science Standards

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  • Links to additional wiki pages, external resources/websites, and downloadable Word docs and PDF's are indicated in red.


Coursera Courses


Coursera offers a variety of online professional development science courses for educators.  They usually range from 4-6 weeks, and are offered on a rotating basis.  Check out the sortable Courses page to see what's coming up soon.  


Inquiry-based Learning

When teaching the type of science that Adult Students will see on the TASC, it is important to focus on inquiry-based learning.  Rather than start with facts, learners start by posing questions and seek to answer those questions with solutions themselves.  Coursera offers courses that focus on inquiry-based learning.  The following courses made up a four part series about Inquiry Science Learning, and were conducted from the fall through spring.  We expect the course to be offered again, so check back here or on Coursera's Courses page for updates.






Focus on the Next Generation Standards






  • Introduction to Physics: Landmarks in Physics -  This is a free online course offered by Udacity.com. It can be taken at any time. This is great class for improving your own background knowledge, and for getting some great ideas for how to help students make deep connections between mathematics and the history of physics. The teacher explores the content by asking some of the key questions in the history of physics (written below). He then travels to the place where a discovery was made, and gives you a historical context of what people understood at that time. He doesn't ever present the science as a done deal - he presents it as a thoughtful set of errors and breakthroughs And the best part is the only background knowledge you need is some very basic knowledge of algebra. If you have any doubts, I recommend watching a little bit of the first lesson... I guarantee you'll get hooked.


Lesson 1: How can we measure the circumference of the Earth? Basics of geometry and trigonometry 
Lesson 2: How do objects move? Data analysis and kinematics 
Lesson 3: What causes motion? Forces, acceleration, and Newton’s Laws 
Lesson 4: How can we use motion? Work, energy, and simple machines 
Lesson 5: How can we determine our longitude at sea? Simple harmonic motion 
Lesson 6: What is electricity? Charge and electric fields 
Lesson 7: What is left to discover? Modern physics and open questions


Annenberg Learner


Annenberg Lerner Courses - This page has a variety of courses that teachers can use to build knowledge about the sciences.  They vary in skill level and in ease of use, but here are few of the better ones.


  • Earth and Space Science - This course consists of 8 units, and guides teachers through the basics of Earth and Space Science.
  • Life Sciences - This course consists of 8 units, and guides teachers through the basics of the Life Sciences.
  • Physical Science - This course consists of 8 units, and guides teachers through the basics of Earth and Space Science.
  • Physics for the 21st Century - A higher level course, this page delves into the problems that Physicists are currently struggling with.   









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