Announcements for Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of the Project GUTS 2017 online PD course

(direct link: https://guts-2017.appspot.com),

This week is the “home stretch” -  We hope you were able to work on a second module this past week.  This week you will be making lesson plans of your own and reflecting on the activities in preparation for teaching the module to someone else.   You can also use this week to catch up on any work you haven’t completed.  

We will be hold our last webinar on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 9pm Eastern time (US).  We are offering this webinar as an OPEN OFFICE HOUR where you can show up, ask questions, and get help finishing your models and portfolio.  No reservations required.

Wednesday webinar link:  https://zoom.us/j/670262591

Best wishes,

--the Project GUTS facilitators 

p.s. You will have until the middle of July to complete the course.  Please let us know if you need any assistance at info@projectguts.org

Announcement for Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Project GUTS 2017 MOOC

We hope you were able reflect on the Introduction to Modeling and Simulation lessons and have made lesson plans of your own.  This week (week 3) we will be asking your to select and complete ONE of the following modules.  Then, in week 4, you will prepare to teach it:

  • Module 2A: Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change

  • Module 2B: Water as a Shared Resource

  • Module 3: Ecosystems as Complex Systems

  • Module 4: Chemical Reactions

Fill out this form to let us know which one you selected. (http://goo.gl/forms/p6ljJ8lXUn)

As in the previous module, you will be asked to upload your model links, experiment and project design documents, and record your reflection on teacherswithguts.org.  You can also use this week to catch up on any parts of Module 1 you haven’t completed.  

We will be holding a Webinar this Wednesday at 9pm EST to introduce the modules:

Wednesday webinar link:  https://zoom.us/j/670262591

Remember, we are here to help you!  Contact us on the forum (preferred method because others can learn from the conversation too) or by emailing info@projectguts.org

Best wishes,

--the Project GUTS facilitators 

Announcement for Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the Project GUTS online PD course

Thank you to those of you who have updating your portfolio to show that you are taking the GUTS 2017 MOOC.  We have seen a lot of progress through the Foundations module and into Module 1. This week we will be embarking on Teaching Module 1 in which you will reflect on how you will teach Module 1 in your classroom and record those thoughts in your portfolio.  You can also use this week to catch up on any parts of Module 1 you haven’t completed.  We realize that many registrants did not get the "welcome to week 1" announcement and got a late start.  Not to worry.  We will be running the course as expected and will accept final projects (needed to get certificates of completion) through mid July.

It is important to remember not to "suffer in silence" if you run into a pesky bug or are having difficulty getting StarLogo Nova running on your computer.  We are here to help you!  Contact us on the forum (preferred method because others can learn from the conversation too). Note that there is a known issue with StarLogo Nova running on newer versions of Chrome.  A fix is available here:  https://teacherswithguts.org/news/heads-up-new-chrome-update-breaks-starlogo-nova-see-fix

We will be having discussions on the Module's content and projects in the forum areas called "Module 1" and "Teaching Module 1."   We will also discuss the content during Wednesday webinar

                       Join the Wednesday webinar at 9pm Eastern:  https://zoom.us/j/670262591

See you at the Webinar!
--the GUTS-2017 MOOC facilitators

Announcements for Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the 2017 Project GUTS online PD workshop  (If you have not done so already, please introduce yourself in the Meet and Greet forum on TeacherswithGUTS.org.)

This week we will be covering Module 1: Introduction to Computer Modeling and Simulation.

Your tasks are to:

-        complete the module online

-        build your models in StarLogo Nova and upload the link to your models on TeacherswithGUTS.org as directed

-        respond to prompts on the forum

We will be hosting our discussions in the forum and also during an online Wednesday Webinar at 9pm USA Eastern Time / 6pm Pacific Time.

Join the Wednesday webinar at 9pm Eastern:  https://zoom.us/j/670262591

This week we will introduce the facilitators then review the tasks for the week.  We will help you with getting started in StarLogo Nova and with setting up and sharing google docs.  If you are unable to attend on Wednesdays, we will post a recording of the webinar.

If you have any general questions or need assistance, please post to the forum!  If you would like to request a one-on-one short help session, email info@projectguts.org with some possible meeting times (with timezone).

Best wishes,

-- Project GUTS MOOC facilitators

Get ready to begin the course on June 5th, 2017

We will be starting the 2017 Project GUTS' Online Professional Development Course on June 5th, 2017.

In preparation we ask that you complete the "Getting Started" and "Foundations" sections of the course.  If you need any assistance, please use the TeacherswithGUTS.org forum to post your questions.

On June 5th, we will post the complete Module 1: Introduction to Computer Modeling and Simulation unit and will be available for online facilitation. 

We will host Weekly Webinars on Wednesdays at 9pm USA Eastern Daylight Time / 6pm Pacific Daylight Time.
To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: go to https://zoom.us/j/670262591
To join by iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,670262591# or +14086380968,670262591#
    or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 670 262 591
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=YL2jB7ZC1iYqwpEZhBTcUvuC09ekuO7H

Welcome to Project GUTS online PD workshop

Welcome to the 2017 Project GUTS' Online Professional Development Course. Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) is able to offer this online professional development course free of change thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation.

Course Summary: 2017 Project GUTS CS4HS provides four weeks of free online instruction to educators who are interested in embedding computer science within regular school day science classes through the integration of computer modeling and simulation. During the first two weeks all participants will complete Module 1 of the Project GUTS CS in Science curriculum first as students then as teachers.  During the final two weeks, participants will choose one of the three content-specific modules (earth, life and physical science) to focus on and complete.

The course will begin on June 5, 2017 and run four consecutive weeks, ending on June 30, 2017. All course materials will be posted online at the start of the course to enable teachers to progress through the coursework at their own pace. Weekly webinars and online chats will be used to host guest presentations and to conduct live review and reflection sessions.

The target audience for the course includes middle and high school teachers interested in learning how to integrate computer science concepts and practices within the context of earth, life, and physical science classes. The Project GUTS modules infuse computational thinking into science classes by engaging students in using, modifying, and creating computer models and conducting scientific investigations using their computer models as experimental test beds.

There are no prerequisites for the course and no prior programming experience is required. The course was designed as professional development for secondary science teachers and thus teaching approaches and best practices to increase student learning will be included. Additionally, university faculty and school administrators may benefit from gaining an understanding of modern scientific practice using computer models and simulation in the context of scientific inquiry.

This course mirrors the Code.org Project GUTS “Computer Science in Science” professional development program and builds on the Project GUTS’ professional development program offered in New Mexico since 2007 (developed with funding by the National Science Foundation - NSF award #0639637).