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December 3-5

Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement

ASP2020: A Virtual Conference

ASP2020: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule


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A Free, Online Text for Earth/Space Science, Climate Change
Many of you know me as the author of children's science books and college textbooks in astronomy and astrobiology (see www.bigkidscience.com/books/), but in this session I will present my latest project: a free, online "interactive textbook" for Earth and Space Science, which you can explore at www.grade8science.com. I will introduce you to the project, with special focus on our chapters on astronomy and climate change. This "book" is fully up-to-date with the latest science and meets all NGSS standards for middle school Earth/Space science, though it may also find some use in high school and in other settings. The book is not yet fully complete, but in the posted chapters you will see that it is designed for abundant, teacher-driven interactivity that will promote student engagement, and it includes extensive Teacher notes embedded within the chapters in open/close format. You'll also notice numerous features that allow the curriculum to work for students with different levels of background. Although optimized for in-person teaching, it can also work in a virtual classroom. Please join in on this session to learn more about how you can use the project and how it may evolve in the future.
Conference Strand: Online K-16 Teaching & Learning



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