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August 30, 2014  

NOAA/NSTA Coral Resources for Educators



NOAA/NSTA Partnership
Resources
   SciGuides
   SciPacks
   Science Objects
   SciLinks ®
   Symposium Archive
   Web Seminar Archive
   Podcast Archive

NOAA/NSTA Partnership

Since 2006, NOAA has collaborated with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest association of science educators, to develop a collection of materials for teachers that focus on coral reef ecosystems. The creation of these resources has been part of a larger collaboration between NOAA and the NSTA.

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Resources

Links to coral resources created through the NOAA/NSTA partnership are provided below for the convenience of educators. Available resources include SciGuides, SciPacks, Science Objects, SciLinks, archives of symposia presented at NSTA national conferences, and archives of Web Seminars presented in conjunction with those symposia. With the exception of the SciGuides and SciPacks, the resources linked below are available to educators for free from the NSTA Web site. The CRCP is not a vendor for these resources.

SciGuides

SciGuides are online "science toolboxes" for science educators; they are intended to make use of classroom use of the Web more efficient. Each subject-specific SciGuide includes teaching resources from NSTA-reviewed science Web sites to help educators quickly locate science content information on the Web. The SciGuides align to the National Science Education Standards (NSES). Lesson plans and other resources are included.

SciPacks

SciPacks are 10 hour online learning experiences educators can use to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and may also be eligible for continuing education credits in some districts. Educators access topical interactive learning experiences, called Science Objects, “on demand” from the Internet at their own pace. Topics are based on science literacy goals in the NSES and tied to state standards. A pedagogical component assists educators in translating the content to their classrooms. Expert content help is available via email. Purchase of the SciPack includes a final assessment to demonstrate understanding of the Science Objects content. This particular resource includes content appropriate for educators at the elementary through high school level.

Science Objects

Science Objects are free two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help educators better understand the science content they teach. Follow the links below for more information, or to download these individual resources from the NSTA site. These four modules comprise a large portion of the Coral Reef Ecosystems SciPack. To include the NSTA certification for this content, please see the SciPack link above. These resources include content appropriate for educators at the elementary through high school level.

SciLinks ®

SciLinks ® is a partnership between progressive US textbook publishers and the NSTA. Textbooks containing SciLinks ® provide codes that registered users can use online to access teacher-approved Internet resources tied to topics in the textbook. The following NOAA coral resources have been incorporated into SciLinks ®:

  • Corals Tutorial: This discovery kit contains three sections devoted to learning about coral reefs: an online tutorial, an educational roadmap to resources, and formal lesson plans (developed for grades 9-12).

Symposium Archive

teachers at a NOAA/NSTA coral symposium complete an activity about coral feeding and zooxanthellae using their gloved hands and a paper bag as a coral polyp model and utilizing stickers, double stick tape, and confetti as zooxanthellae, nematocysts, and food, respectively
Teachers at a NOAA/NSTA coral symposium learn how to complete an activity demonstrating coral feeding methods. Photo credit: NOAA/CRCP

The NSTA Symposia are face-to-face professional development opportunities offered at NSTA Conferences on Science Education. The CRCP has conducted symposia at several of the recent national NSTA conferences. Archives of these symposia are linked below.

Web Seminar Archive

NSTA Web Seminars are free 90-minute sessions that use online learning technologies to allow educators to interact live with scientists, engineers, and education specialists. Two seminars were conducted for each coral symposium listed above. Archived seminars include the presentations, a list of relevant links, comments from participants, and bios for the presenters. Follow the links below to see the overview for each set of Web Seminars. Links from the overview pages provide access to the presentation slides as well as audio from the original seminars.

Podcast Archive

NSTA Podcasts are free two to 60 minute segments taken from the Web Seminars listed above.

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