Computer Science PD @ U of S in June!

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan is offering a one-day teacher’s workshop for Saskatchewan high school computer science teachers.

From our department’s perspective, a strong CS curriculum in high school is more important than ever: starting this past September, we designated high school CS 30 as a pre-requisite for direct entry into our stream for Computer Science majors, which traditionally had not been the case.

Novice or first-time computer science teachers are particularly welcome, as are teachers/administrators from schools that do not currently offer CS 30 but might consider doing so in the near future.  We also welcome more experienced CS teachers, who we hope will be willing to share their experiences with implementing the new provincial CS curriculum.

We have money for this (generously provided by Google and their CS4HS program), and we can cover travel expenses for out-of-town teachers, and possibly even substitute teaching costs.


The basic event details are as follows:
What: Computer Science Teacher’s Workshop
Where: Saskatoon, University of Saskatchewan Campus
When: Friday, June 2nd, ~8:30am to ~4:00pm
Interested participants can contact Dr. Jeff Long: jeff.long@usask.ca

GlycoNet 2017

EXPERIENCED SCIENCE TEACHERS NEEDED!

If your idea of a great summer would include working with leading carbohydrate researchers in their labs, while creatively developing resources for the classroom, and getting paid $5000 for the experience, then the GlycoNet Teacher-Researcher Project is for you!

We are seeking experienced high school science (biology or chemistry) teachers to work with leading researchers at two GlycoNet sites (University of Saskatchewan and Ryerson University).  Two teachers will be selected for each site and will spend one month working with principal investigators, grad students and other lab personnel to learn what amazing carbohydrate science is being done in Canada, and translate this learning into great resources and activities for students in their classrooms and beyond.

GlycoNet is a consortium of leading-edge Canadian research labs that study glycomics – how carbohydrates function in living organisms.  The aim of this project is to enable teachers to introduce secondary school students to this exciting science and to develop a supportive network of science educators and scientific researchers to promote science and engineering research in Canada.

Details:

  • The project runs from July-August with an orientation session in early July.
  • Each teacher will be expected to develop four different activities (e.g. lesson plan or laboratory activity) with accompanying teacher support materials. Final versions of developed materials are due by September 1, 2017.
  • Teachers will also be encouraged to share these resources with their colleagues and at conferences, in-services and other professional development opportunities. Financial support is available for presentations at conferences.
  • Each teacher will be paid $5000 by GlycoNet for the development of these resources.

For more information about this program, contact CMASTE (cmaste@ualberta.ca).

If you are an experienced high school biology or chemistry teacher and can be in the University of Saskatchewan or Ryerson University area this summer, you are invited to apply to be part of the GlycoNet team! Please submit a current CV with three references and cover letter to cmaste@ualberta.ca by May 1, 2017.

 

 

ENSEIGNANT(E)S DE SCIENCES RECHERCHÉ(E)S!

Cet été, aimeriez-vous travailler dans un laboratoire de recherche avec des chercheurs experts en science des glucides, créer des ressources scolaires pour les classes du secondaire, et recevoir 5000$ pour l’expérience? Alors le projet enseignant-chercheur de GlycoNet est pour vous!

Nous avons besoin d’enseignants en sciences (biologie ou chimie) au secondaire expérimentés pour travailler avec des chercheurs dans deux sites de GlycoNet (l’Université de l’Saskatchewan et l’Université de Ryerson). Deux enseignants seront sélectionnés pour chaque site et passeront un mois à travailler avec des chercheurs, des étudiants diplômés, et d’autres membres du personnel scientifique. Les enseignants utiliseront alors cette expérience pour créer des ressources et des activités scolaires qui pourront être utilisées dans les classes de science, de biologie et de chimie à travers tout le Canada.

GlycoNet est un réseau national de recherche qui regroupe les centres de recherches en glycomique (l’étude des glucides dans les systemes biologiques) au Canada. Ce projet permettra aux enseignants de présenter cette science intéressante aux élèves du secondaire et de développer un reseau supportif entre enseignants en science et les chercheurs  pour encourager la recherche scientifique et l’ingénierie au Canada.

Détails:

  • Le project aura lieu en juillet et août 2017, avec une séance d’orientation début juillet
  • Chaque enseignant doit préparer quatre ressources différentes (par exemple, un plan de cours ou une activité de laboratoire) avec du matériel de support pour les instructeurs. Les versions finales sont à rendre le 1er Septembre, 2017.
  • Les enseignants sont aussi encouragés à partager leurs travaux avec leurs collègues et à des conférences, à des séances de formation continue, et autres ateliers de développement professionel. Un soutien financier peut être disponible pour des présentations à des conférences.
  • Chaque enseignant recevra 5000$ de GlycoNet pour le développement de ces ressources.

Pour plus d’informations sur ce programme (en anglais), contactez s’il vous plait le CMASET (cmaste@ualberta.ca).

Si vous êtes un(e) enseignant(e) au secondaire avec experience dans l’enseignement en chimie ou en biologie et vous pouvez être dans la région de l’Université Saskatchewan ou Ryerson cet été, nous vous invitons à déposer votre candidature pour cette opportunité avec l’équipe de GlycoNet. Merci d’ envoyer votre CV avec trois références et une lettre de motivation à cmaste@ualberta.ca  avant le 1er mai 2017.

Planet Protector Academy

Planet Protector Academy for Grades 3-6!

An innovative digital-led program that teaches students about energy and transportation and empowers them to lead change in their families!

Looking to integrate environmental education, collaboration and blended learning into your classroom… and still save on prep time? The Academy is a unique digital-led resource that trains students as ‘apprentice’ Planet Protectors and sends them home on superhero missions to change their families’ energy & transportation habits!

“It worked out really well! Kids loved it and liked the point system. We are looking forward to the next level!” Grade 3/4 teacher, Saskatoon

Fully funded (FREE!) to teachers in your area, the Academy helps you:

*   Save time with 6x1hr pre-planned lessons – no training required

*   Engage diverse learners through a fun arts-based and interdisciplinary approach

*   Meet curriculum outcomes for Grades 3-6 in Arts, Science, Language and Social Studies (curriculum links doc coming next month!)

*   Easily integrate tech into the classroom

*   Inspire students to collaborate and apply their learning to change the world!

Sign up for FREE @ http://planetprotectoracademy.com/in/saskatchewan/<http://planetprotectoracademy.com/in/saskatchewan/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=ppa-promotion&utm_content=other>

Want to know more? Check out the two minute video<http://planetprotectoracademy.com/in/saskatchewan/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=ppa-promotion&utm_content=other> for a quick overview!

STEAM and CWSF

Attached you will find an informational one-page document on the upcoming STEAM event as part of the weeklong celebration that is the Canada-Wide Science Fair.   This years’ CWSF is being held May 14-20th, 2017, at the University of Regina, in the Centre for Kinesiology, Health, and Sport (CKHS) Building.

Please keep in mind that registration for STEAM 2017 OPENS on the Monday that you get back from Winter Break (Monday, February 27th, 2017).  Registration is also electronic and is hosted by Agriculture in the Classroom.  Registration CLOSES on Friday, March 24thSpace is limited!  It is also FREE to attend for students and their adult chaperones!  This event is for students Grades 5 and up.  For staff members this event is an excellent PD opportunity to see the latest and greatest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics within a single venue.

I would STRONGLY recommend attendance for all PVSD students and staff to this event.  The opportunity to see national-calibre, inquiry and project-based science only comes around every so often! (The last time it was in Saskatchewan was almost 20 years ago). As one of the chairs of the STEAM event, I can honestly say that the displays and opportunities that are available to students and staff alike, will be nothing short of spectacular!  At present the display booth space available is very quickly being booked up, and many other events, presentations, and engaging pieces are continuing to fall into place.

 

Here is the AITC website listing:

http://aitc.sk.ca/program-registration/steam-registration

 

and here is the official program page:

http://aitc.sk.ca/school-programs/steam-2017?ArtMID=471&ArticleID=53&tabid=89

Online STEM Career Panel – PD Opportunity

Coming soon to a device near you!

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) online career panels.

STEM industry experts will talk about their careers and answer student-submitted questions.
This will be streamed live and will be recorded for future access.

There are two dates and times to choose from:

February 15, 9:30 a.m. EST

February 23, noon EST (9:00 a.m. PT)

Each panel has three different panelists who work in diverse occupations. For more details about our panelists and information on how to access the live events or recorded videos,
visit Online STEM Career Panel
on CurioCity