November 25th, 2008 Bob
The following documents have been updated on the Accountability and Assessment home page.
End‑of‑Instruction Online Practice Tests ‑ scroll down the left hand side of the page to locate directions (or download them here). (Please note: The ePAT launcher needed to run the online practice test has changed for this year. You must first delete the ePAT launcher used last year. Download the new ePAT launcher from the link found in the directions, and then download the new versions of the online practice tests.)
Core Curriculum Tests
EOI PSTG’s ‑ all subjects
EOI Blueprints ‑ all subjects
Grade 5 and 8 Science Item Specification Document
Test Administration Resources
EOI Online Test Administration Manuals, Winter/Trimester 2008‑2009
EOI Paper/ Pencil Test Administration Manuals, 2008‑2009
November 25th, 2008 Bob
The Northeastern Oklahoma Mathematics and Science Teacher Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, January 31st from 9:00 ‑ 3:00 at Northeastern State University ‑ Tahlequah. The conference will address elementary, middle school, high school and university mathematics and science. The theme of the conference is “Integrating Math, Science, and Reading.” Proposals will be accepted through December 15th, 2008.
For more information and to register go here
Please contact Dr. Martha Parrott, Mrs. Valerie Sharon or Dr. April Adams for answers to your questions about the conference.
Pre-registrations for the conference are due January 15th, 2009
Call for Proposals:
“Integrating Math, Science, and Reading”
Northeastern Oklahoma Mathematics and Science Teacher Annual Conference
Northeastern State University, Science Building, Tahlequah Campus
January 31, 2009, 9:00 am ‑ 3:00 pm
November 25th, 2008 Bob
One teacher reaches hundreds of students. That’s why Honeywell Hometown Solutions created the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy scholarship program for middle school science and math teachers. With the support of more than 1,400 Honeywell employees, the company has sponsored 995 teachers from 34 countries and 49 states to the Space Academy for Educators program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.
During the program, teachers participate in astronaut-style training and simulations, along with activities designed to promote life-long learning in a classroom setting. All lessons and activities are correlated to National Science and Math Standards and are ready to use in the classroom.
Honeywell and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are now accepting applications for the 2009 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program from middle school science and math teachers from around the world. The deadline for all submissions is December 31, 2008.
The scholarships include:
Tuition for the 5-day Space Academy program at U.S. Space Camp in Alabama
Meals and double occupancy accommodations
Workbooks and program materials for participating teachers
The Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HE @ SA) program provides 45 hours of intensive classroom, laboratory and training time, focusing on space science and space exploration. During the program, teachers participate in astronaut-style training and simulations, along with activities designed to promote life-long learning in a classroom setting. All lessons and activities are correlated to National Science and Math Standards and are ready to use in the classroom.
You will be selected for one of the following sessions. The 2009 program will take place at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama: June 14-18, June 21-25 OR June 28 to July 2, 2009
You will find out which session you were selected for in March.
Scholarships to the program are underwritten by Honeywell Hometown Solutions and the donations of more than 1,700 Honeywell employees. Each scholarship covers:
1. Tuition for the 5-day HE @ SA program at U.S. Space Camp in Alabama;
2. Roundtrip airfare (from home airport to Huntsville and returning trip from Huntsville to same home airport teacher departed from only);
3. Meals and double occupancy accommodations;
4. Program materials for teachers;
To be considered to receive a scholarship for the 2009 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program teacher must meet the following requirements:
1. Must be a current and practicing educator that is teaching science or math to students ages 10-14 years old and will continue to teach these subjects areas through 2009;
2. Certified teacher in a public, state, or private school system;
3. Is not a spouse/family member of a Honeywell or U.S. Space & Rocket Center employee;
4. Has not previously attended Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy and/or a Space Camp educator program.
If you have any questions about the application please e-mail them to email@example.com.
Three hours of Graduate Credit is offered as part of this program for an additional fee. More detailed information will be provided after you are accepted to the program about earning and paying for the credit through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The total tuition is $225.00.
Additional information about the program can be found at www.spacecamp.com/educators/honeywell. You can also find more information on Honeywell Hometown Solutions and our commitment to science and math education at www.honeywell.com/hhs.
November 19th, 2008 Bob
The NASA SpacePlace folks have just published the latest issue of their bi‑monthly newsletter for formal and informal educators. The newsletter is all about the many useful and‑‑it goes without saying‑‑free resources on The Space Place website that can be helpful to classroom and home school teachers, after‑school program directors, museum and library program directors, and other informal educators.
Get the new issue here and go to the SpacePlace educator website here.
November 17th, 2008 Bob
The Oklahoma Museum Network funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, with support from Oklahoma EPSCoR, offers a free Professional Development Workshop on Science Inquiry!
Whether you currently use inquiry methods or want to learn what inquiry is all about, this workshop will reinforce your skills to make inquiry science a staple in your classroom. This session, led by skilled instructors trained at the nationally recognized Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry, will provide relevant information that you can really use in the classroom.
In addition to 4 hours of valuable inquiry training, each participant will receive a free kit of materials to help implement activities in the classroom AND those who return to their school and share this information with their peers will receive a $200 stipend!
This workshop will be held in December. Please visit the link below to take a short 3‑question survey to determine the best day, time and location for the workshop and to register for more information about it and the Oklahoma Museum Network.
Visit this link to sign up and for more information:
Survey and sign up will close on Wednesday, November 19th.
If you have any questions, e‑mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 11th, 2008 Bob
Details continue to emerge about the events taking place at the University of Oklahoma in connection with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. Visit the the Darwin at the University of Oklahoma, 2009 web site often as changes and updates are frequent. Click this link, darwin-2009 flyer , for the latest flier about these events.
November 10th, 2008 Bob
The University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS) was founded in 1949 and is a permanent, year-round field station located on the north shore of Lake Texoma (Oklahoma-Texas border), approximately 2 hours south of the main campus in Norman. The Station’s primary objective is to promote research and education in ecology, evolutionary biology and field biology. The facilities are open to scientists and graduate students world-wide for research and study. This is the first university-affiliated research facility to be established on a man-made lake.
The 2009 Summer Session marks the 60th year since the founding of the University of Oklahoma Biological Station on Lake Texoma. Students continue to come to UOBS to experience a truly unique opportunity in field-based study while earning three hours of upper-division or graduate level lecture/lab credit during one or both of the Summer Sessions.
UOBS will host seven field-oriented courses, a lab-based molecular course and Senior Capstone course during its Summer Session 2009. These courses encompass the following areas: aquatic plants, ecology, forensic entomology, herpetology, mammalogy, molecular methods, stream ecology and wildlife conservation.
Click here for the summer session brochure.
For more information or to obtain OU admission and UOBS application materials, please contact: Gail Barnes, UOBS, 730 Van Vleet Oval, 103 Sutton Hall, Norman, OK 73019-6121, (405) 325-5391, email@example.com.
November 6th, 2008 Bob
Get this months Science News from OSDE Science Director Jana Rowland. Each month Jana publishes a newsletter that she distributes to several hundred teachers across the state. If you have attended one of her science workshops or worked on science curriculum for OSDE, chances are you are on her email list. In case you aren’t, or in case you’d like to refer back and can’t find a previous newsletter from her, I’m starting an archive so they will always be available. You’ll find them listed in the Categories section as “Janagrams”.
November 5th, 2008 Bob
An invitation to ENO Climate Change Campaign 2009
ENO Programme invites schools and children & youth associations to take part to the climate change campaign that will take place from November 2008 to January 2009. Intoductory weeks and activity packages are available in many languages. They are both for basic and advanced levels, varying from arts and drama to scientific articles and radio stories. There is also a gallup (survey) available in many languages and for public at large. ENO-Environment Online is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development and environmental awareness. Four environmental themes are studied within a school year on a weekly basis. About 500 schools from 104 countries take part. The ENO programme has been running since 2000. It is coordinated by Pataluoto School and administrated by the department of education in the city of Joensuu, Finland. For more information about ENO, go to their website here.
The mascot for the campaign is Frank The Frog, a frog who fights against the climate change. Frank collects pledges from people to reduce the impact of climate change. The Majestetical March Of Frogs will take place on 21st of January 2009, around the world! Schools have to register to the campaign by 28th of November 2008. Registration information for the campaign is available on this website. (caution: This site is VERY European – kinda like being stuck in perpetual showings from Qubo television)
November 4th, 2008 Bob
Noted genetics educator Sam Rhine will be presenting his Genetic Update Conference in Oklahoma City on December 3rd in the Putnam City High School Auditorium, 5300 NW 50th Street.
Sam Rhine has crossed the country for 30+ years presenting the latest genetic information for high school students and their teachers. He has also spoken to audiences in Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Vienna, Prague, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Nairobi, Kenya.
For the past several years, Sam has concentrated on presenting Genetic Update Conferences (GUC’s). These one-day conferences for biology teachers and students are designed to teach the latest in genetic advances, hot research areas, and career opportunities. Sam takes biology from the textbook to the heart by posing ethical dilemmas each will face as technological advances continue.
In 1997, the National Association of Biology Teachers presented Sam with the NABT Honorary Membership Award. This award is given to one teacher in the U.S. annually and is the highest honor that the association can bestow upon members of the profession. Sam’s award states as follows: “You have inspired so many teachers and students with your enthusiasm for knowledge and life – everyone walks away from your workshops with a new sense of value and excitement for science…. Thank you for contributing so much to many students and teachers who have come in contact with you and your work.”
The student participants at these conferences generally come from Biology and A.P. Biology classes, but many students who have completed their Life Science classes also attend. Students who are college bound, who are in pre-professional tracts or who are Science Olympiads will find the conference to be especially significant. Many teachers bring Honors and Gifted and Talented junior high school students. Every presentation begins with a review of the ‘basics’ so younger students need not worry about being lost all day.
Cost: $15 (USD) per person (includes notes outlining the topics of the day).
Payment: Due on the day of the program. Payment may be made by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to Sam Rhine, NOT your school or the host school. The teacher-in-charge should collect the appropriate amount and present it at registration on the date of the conference.
You may register between 8:30 and 9:00 on the day of the conference.
Preregistration: You may pre-register for the conference Here
- 8:30 - 9:00 – Registration at Auditorium
- 9:00 – 9:30 - The Human Genome Project (HGP) - Historical Overview
- 9:30 – 10:00 - Practical and Personal Applications of the HGP
- 10:00 – 10:30 - SNPs – Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Medicine
- 10:30 – 10:40 – Break
- 10:40 – 11:30 - Tissue Engineering – Producing Human Organs in the Lab
- 11:30 – 12:30 - Reproductive Cloning and Therapeutic Cloning
- 12:30 - 1:00 – iPS – induced Pluripotent Stem and adult MSCs