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Share Your Conference Experience

This is my sixth conference with NSTA — my first, in 2008, was in Boston as well. When I tried to walk through the NSTA Science Store this morning, it was packed virtually shoulder to shoulder (the lines are considerably shorter now if you want to get some NSTA gear or pick up a few [...]

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NSTA conference tips

Are you attending the NSTA conference in Boston this spring? At this point, you should be registering, making arrangements for lodging and transportation, and thinking about your lesson plans for the substitute (if you haven’t done so already). If this is the first time you’ve attended the national conference, it can be overwhelming at first. [...]

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Report from the field

Richard Glueck, a member from Orono, Maine, offered these observations from the Boston Conference: NSTA National Conferences expose teachers to the newest in products and publications, offer tons of free maps, posters, books, DVD’s, and CD’s, not to mention all the pens, pencils, sticky pads, and magnets a person could ever use.  It’s an opportunity to talk [...]

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Teachers tell it best

We interviewed teachers on the exhibit hall floor for our Conference Highlights Video to find out what they thought of the NSTA Conference. Here’s what they said.

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So long, and thanks for all the fish

For me, the Boston Conference ended with a brilliant blue sky, a warm stroll through and around the public gardens and Beacon Hill, and a trip through Callahan Tunnel to the airport. I didn’t see any dolphins there. I’ve had hundreds of conversations with teachers, and once again feel humbled to work with and for [...]

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Next year in New Orleans!

Well, this conference is history, and I’m exhausted in a good way— both physically and mentally. From talks by astronaut Barbara Morgan, Rodger Bybee, and Bill Nye the Science Guy to the awesome resources in the exhibit area to the sessions in which educators so generously shared their experiences and expertise, it was a great [...]

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Moodles, wikis, and blogs

So, you’re a presenter and your time slot is the last one of the conference, and your room is the farthest from the lobby. Will anyone come? In the case of Sami Kahn’s presentation on Wikis in the elementary classroom, she didn’t have to worry! Those of us who attended (and there were quite a [...]

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Planting trees

Sunday morning is a tough time for a presenter. Early departures, church services, brunch dates, or too much Saturday evening make it difficult for some to attend sessions at this time. I’m sure that Michael Barnett from Boston College was pleased to see a nice crowd at his session on “Using GIS to Model Urban [...]

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Active learning

Some presenters had basic lectures with PowerPoints, some provided “think-pair-share” opportunities for participants, some had laptops for participants and guided us through simulations or software tools (an advantage to sitting up front), and others had the participants actually do the hands-on activities. Most had handouts, although I was glad to see that many had just [...]

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A student mission to the Moon

This session prepared us to lead a one-week unit in which  students take a “journey” to the Moon. Facilitators Tara Clopper and Heather Slatoff led us in hands-on activities, including designing our own mission patches. One perk with this session—a free CD containing the whole unit, including video clips. In the photo above, teachers examine Tara Clopper’s [...]

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