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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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Observing, Planetaria, Citizen Science, and Virtual Worlds: SPECIAL ASTRO 101 PANEL SESSION
A plethora of online resources are available for use in both remote and in person astronomy courses. The panel will share tools that can be used for remote observing, citizen science projects, planetarium and computer-based visualizations, and astronomy research projects where students can participate actively in data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. Udomprasert will provide a brief demo of the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) software, which is a free online tool that puts views of the solar system, cosmos, and sky at students' fingertips. Educators and learners can use WWT to author multimedia astronomy presentations, which can be shared in digital planetaria. Trouille will share how to engage students in citizen science projects through Zooniverse including specific curricular resources. Rector will share how to engage students in authentic research projects using real astronomical data from professional observatories. Turnshek shows how the clear night sky is a laboratory for the study of light pollution, no matter where you live in the world, with open data sets available to all. Through these examples and tools, we present innovative ways to let students not only contribute to science but to create products to share their knowledge.
Conference Strand: Online K-16 Teaching & Learning