February - Quality Matters Training was on my list. This is a program to show you how to improve your online or blended course. It is a great review of concepts that were taught in education coursework (aligning your curriculum) and newer things that involve technology. There are many courses in the Quality Matters Training - and it is all done online.
|Right to Left: Caleb, me, Jay|
March - Wrapping up some of our STEM work with Ohio University and AT&T partners. Caleb Loft 49 Films in NY came to the school to do some more filming for the PSA that will air sometime this spring/summer. I was able to see the first PSA and WOW, hats off to Caleb, Jay (music) and the entire team for making Larry King (Warren High School), Troy Weaver (Vinton County High School), and myself look like stars! LOL.
|Opening Day at NSTA with NOAA in Indy|
More March Madness! (mad like a scientist that is) - I attended the National Science Teacher's Association National Convention held in Indianapolis, IN. I always enjoy going to the NSTA to meet up with old friends, learn new things, and make new connections with people and organizations. This event I worked with another GREAT NOAA staff (and volunteers with the Teacher At Sea alumni). As usual I found new things on the NOAA Education site and another TAS told me about another great opportunity through the American Meteorological Society..... more on that later. But first, if you teach grades 9-12, or honors 8th grade, then check out the new Coral Reef Ocean Acidification Program. There are some great videos, powerpoints (that you can edit!), lessons, and more. Click here