Site-based Inservice that Works: Using the Internet to Integrate Science and Mathematics Instruction
Keith Wetzel, Jo Cleland, Ray Buss, Peter Rillero, Ron Zambo, Alice Christie, ASU West, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Project SCOUT provided inservice and preservice teachers opportunities to experience inquiry-based learning, which combined hands-on and Internet investigations in science and mathematics. The goals of the project were: (a) to provide staff development in standards-based strategies for teaching science and mathematics for teams of inservice and preservice teachers at a single elementary school that hosts a site-based university teacher preparation program; (b) to enable mentor and student teachers to learn knowledge navigation strategies using the Internet and develop teacher and elementary student web sites to accompany their curricular units; and (c) to conduct a summer camp for local school-age children, which would allow participants opportunities to practice the strategies they learned during the institute. The results suggest that appropriate training, which allows significant time to explore and adapt instruction; immediate practice opportunities with children; and significant follow-up opportunities will engender confidence and foster use of the Internet as a part of K-8 classroom instruction.
Wetzel, K., Cleland, J., Buss, R., Rillero, P., Zambo, R. & Christie, A. (2000). Site-based Inservice that Works: Using the Internet to Integrate Science and Mathematics Instruction. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1851-1854). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).