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New project to help teachers use open-ended tools aligned with goals of NGSS

Epidemic model in SageModeler

Understanding responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic and solving other pressing global and local problems requires the ability to develop and use models and apply both system thinking and computational thinking. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) include systems and system models as one of the crosscutting concepts, and developing and using models and using […]

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Use GeoCode Explorer to teach about volcanoes and block programming

Volcano

Volcanoes are some of the most impressive and unstoppable features on Earth. From the amazing artifacts at Pompeii to the photos of forests flattened by lava flows, the dangers associated with volcanoes are both terrifying and awe-inspiring. However, despite the risks, millions of people live in constant threat of damage to their homes, and more […]

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Multilevel Computational Modeling

Engaging high school students in computational thinking while developing and testing system models.

The Concord Consortium and Michigan State University are collaborating to research technological, curricular, and pedagogical scaffolds needed to support students and teachers in developing computational thinking in the context of system modeling.

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Teachers examine real-world data and “lifehacking” with CodeR4MATH

Six high school mathematics teachers from Massachusetts joined us last fall to pilot test a new curriculum module designed by the Computing with R for Mathematical Modeling (CodeR4MATH) project to facilitate the instruction of mathematical modeling and computational thinking. The CodeR4MATH team (from left to right): Kenia Wiedemann, Jie Chao, Ben Galluzzo, and Eric Simoneau. […]

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Learning Everywhere

Learning Everywhere

Learning Everywhere explores how cutting-edge technologies and novel materials can be designed to study and better support engaging conceptual, collaborative, and tangible learning across different contexts and settings.

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Computational Thinking in Biology: What is an InSPECT Dataflow Diagram?

Integrating computational thinking into core science content and practices is a major goal of our InSPECT project, which is developing hands-on high school biology investigations using simple electronic sensors with Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity—a far cry from the simple germination experiments students usually encounter. An article in the Fall 2017 Concord Consortium newsletter (“Science Thinking […]

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InSPECT

InSPECT

InSPECT is integrating novel technologies and computational thinking practices into curricular activities that allow high school students to undertake authentic and independent science investigations in biology.

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Precipitating Change

Precipitating Change

Experiencing models of severe weather events allows students to monitor live radar screens and collect data as virtual thunderstorms pass through the classroom. Students will apply computational thinking skills as they create, evaluate, and combine forecast models.

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Data Science Games

Data Science Games

All data science game scenarios follow a similar design: students take context-specific actions in the game. They store their data, organize it, analyze it, and visualize it in the surrounding CODAP environment.

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