Center hosts summer workshops for teachers

July 20, 2010 - Connecticut teachers visited Quinnipiac University during the summer of 2010 to brush up on classroom technology. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Quinnipiac hosted two workshops on campus. Donald Webb, center director, presented the two workshops, which were attended by 60 K-12 teachers from across the state.

In the first workshop, "The Use of Internet Webcams as Inquiry-Based Teaching Tools in the Science Classroom," Webb demonstrated the power of Webcams by showing live feeds of animals, including bears and cardinals during the first Webcam workshop. "You could show this live footage to your students and have them determine what [the animals'] behaviors are," Webb said. "You could position your camera and become the center of the solar system and develop a totally different perspective."

Webcams could also be used to share work with absent students--or for time-lapse purposes, such as to watch as an environment changes over a period of time.

The second workshop was "Strategies for Promoting Science Literacy in the Classroom and Beyond." Carrie Hills, a first-grade teacher in New Milford, said the Webcam session opened her eyes to the potential power of Webcams. "If we read a book and then use the technology to actually talk with the author, it will help the students to become more interested in the materials," she said.

Hills said she also plans to show her students live feeds of animals they are learning about so they can see the animals in their native habitats, rather than simply pictures in a textbook.

The workshops, which are funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center, are offered free to the teachers. "The goal of the center is to support and enhance science teaching and learning," Webb said. "A significant part of that is keeping teachers current with the use of technology."