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Needs and Requirements for Teacher Resources

Scoring and Feedback

Although I do like the idea of allowing groups to see their scores, I would like to see a new way of scoring developed. It should be a system where students/advisors can get true feedback. Having a range of 100 between scores is vague (300-400, 400-500, etc...) Can this be broken down into sections, where students/advisors can see strengths and weaknesses within the Mission Folders? If anything, it may help the advisor ...more »

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Monitoring Time Management and Student Progress

Implement IRC or something similar

This was my first year as a cyber-guide volunteer. The one thing I noticed was that the forums were too slow for most of the teams. The youth of today tend to want instantaneous communication. I suggest implementing open chat rooms with the cyber-guides. Perhaps, each cyber-guide should be assigned a unique chat room. Whenever the cyber-guide was available this could be broadcasted. Or, maybe a chat room for each ...more »

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3 votes

Needs and Requirements for Teacher Resources

Scoring Rubric Clarification

I told my students to have the scoring rubric open at all times while answering questions so they could best address the ideas the judges were looking for. (Can you tell I've had teaching to the test driven into me? :) ) We found many of the scoring rubric statements to be so nebulous that they were hard for my students (and me!) to figure out what the rubric meant. Some of the Mission Folder Questions (Next step for ...more »

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3 votes

Monitoring Time Management and Student Progress

Small Incentives

I feel that while my other students that did not participate with eCybermission were excited for their team members, I don't really think they understood the importance or tangible significant of their colleagues participating in the virtual science fair in comparison to other years. In the previous years, my students were given eCybermission t-shirts where I would periodically tell them its eCybermission day. when ...more »

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2 votes

Innovative STEM Project Activities and Lesson Plans

Using eCybermission Activities for Required Laboratory Hours

In leading a team of 9th graders, who are enrolled in Biology (Living Environment in New York State), I tried to incorporate in-class lab activities that could be used for State Mandated Lab hours. The students worked in the environment category. The tested the effect of various antacids on neutralizing the effects of "acid-rain" on plants. First they grew lettuce from a seed packet to generate plants for trials.We grew ...more »

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2 votes

Developing a Curriculum Integration Strategy

Robust Research Guide?

Believe that generating a “Robust Research Guide” although very well intended may fall short of generating the intended result (i.e. Curriculum Integration for all). There really isn’t just “one proven method” for all situations: teachers, classrooms or learners. The beauty of eCYBERMISSION is its wide-range of field, flexibility of learning about interrelated and current topics, and its ability to allow for creative ...more »

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1 vote

Needs and Requirements for Teacher Resources

Locking Out Accounts

Can advisors still have access to their group accounts, while they are being judged? It makes it difficult to grade,review and give timely feedback to the students when nothing is available to you. I remembered this would happen one day too late, therefore missing the opportunity to print/download information. Oftentimes, my groups work until to the last day/minute, leaving no time for error on my part. If it is impossible ...more »

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1 vote

Curriculum Integration Challenges

This years Challenges

I currently teach and advanced Science 7Th & 8th Grade curriculum I designed specifically for the school in NY. I had 6 ecybermission teams this year and I have four 7th grade classes. There were two classes which had two teams. It was challenging to have the students complete specific tasks on the mission folder, and still have them meet specific science standards that are needed for Science state exam testing. In ...more »

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Developing a Curriculum Integration Strategy

STEM Courses or Clubs

eCYBERMISSION could perhaps be incorporated in the following ways: As a “Before School” or “After School” Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club and Activity. As ½ Year “Elective Course” going above and beyond regular 6,7,8 & 9th Grade Science Curriculum offerings. As a one, two or even 3 week Science Summer Camp, kicking-off the yearly Registration and initial Program Introduction and Group Competition ...more »

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Facilitating Curriculum Integration Through Partnerships

Partnerships

-Seek/brief College and University Schools of Education, collaboration and partnership by having them incorporate eCYBERMISSION into their student’s Curriculum. Have “Student Teachers” bring eCYBERMISSION into their local classroom teaching/ training experience. Departments of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics could also be pursued/briefed. Have College and University STEM Students and Graduate Students ...more »

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Facilitating Curriculum Integration Through Partnerships

Simulation and Modeling

Meet and seek Partnership with National Science Curriculum Book Publishers and Authors. Dialogue /meet with District School Curriculum Revision Committees to promote eCYBERMISSION. Invite/brief the Simulation and Modeling (S & M) experts from Industry, Academia, Hollywood and the Military. Ask for partnership and assistance in bring Futuristic Animation/ Story Telling /Characterization to eCYBERMISSION Program and ...more »

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1 vote

Developing a Curriculum Integration Strategy

Push back from leadership about eCM integration

I would love to integrate eCM into my curriculum but my Principal is hesitant to allow me to do so. She has given me guidance to start an after-school program, but I really want to work with all of my students during class. Does anyone have any advice on how to convince my Principal to bring eCM into the classroom?

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Facilitating Curriculum Integration Through Partnerships

NASA Partnership Opportunity

Leland Melvin, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education and former astronaut, will discuss his incredible career as an astronaut flying on two NASA missions, a scientist, his days as a professional NFL athlete, and his current role leading the Agency's education efforts to develop innovative strategies and partnerships aimed at inspiring K-12 students and beyond to pursue STEM disciplines. You'll learn about NASA's ...more »

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Developing a Curriculum Integration Strategy

MENTORSHIP

MENTOR SHIP LACKING: Of the folders I graded, I noticed, what appears to be a lack of guidance from MENTORS. The submitters seemed to lack a basic understanding of the Scientific Method. The submitters had in almost all cases failed to display any knowledge of the process. It appeared that the Mentors did not provide sufficient leadership or guidance to the kids on what was expected. Most folders appeared to be lazily ...more »

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Needs and Requirements for Teacher Resources

Interactive DVD & T Shirts

In the recent past, eCYBERMISSION would gift all participating students who submitted a "Mission Folder" with a very sleek and super interactive DVD Science Game. Kids loved it! Teachers could make use of the DVD in class as a reward for doing quality work. Also, believe the practice of giving all students an eCYBERMISSION T- Shirts was great advertisement tool to attract possible/future students, since participating ...more »

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