The Concord Consortium Collection
You need quick, easy access to high-quality digital activities. And you need to be able to find a resource based on learning goals, concepts, or student age. We're cataloging hundreds of interactive resources we've developed over the past 15 years. We'll share the Concord Consortium Collection with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) – so you can find what you need and use it with your students in your next class.
As technology becomes widely available, high-quality digital resources now play a vital role for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education teachers at all levels. But such high-quality resources are all too often hard to find, especially those that are research based and shown to help students master difficult concepts. The Concord Consortium Collection will increase the amount of high-quality STEM educational content in the National Science Digital Learning (NSDL) network.
The Concord Consortium resources span across subjects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and contain materials appropriate for students ranging from elementary grades through higher education. These resources are all highly interactive, involving models, simulations, or the use of probeware to collect and analyze real-time data in the classroom. Concord Consortium resources have been developed over 15 years of National Science Foundation-funded projects and created with the highest care for scientific accuracy and research-based pedagogy. All are open source and distributed free of charge. Teachers in classrooms in hundreds of countries around the world currently use these resources.
Our primary goal is to help you find the resources you need to teach STEM content in your class. We also want to support the National Science Digital Learning (NSDL) by researching best practices for cataloging digital resources and promoting their widespread use in the classroom.
The Concord Consortium Collection will establish the impact of the NSDL resources on teaching and learning by
- tracking teacher usage electronically
- enabling associated embedded assessment features
- monitoring assessment results from student use<
Additionally, we will conduct a case study to
- monitor implementation of the resources among middle school, high school, and community college science teachers
- observe how these teachers create and use embedded assessments and their results
By collecting data on this crosscutting view of resource usage, the case study will shed light on how resources are discovered, selected, and used in the classroom across different grades and subject areas. Teacher interviews will be used to triangulate with overall findings from the analytics-based evaluation of the Concord Consortium Collection use.
STEM subjects for grades 3-14
The Concord Consortium resources span across subjects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and contain materials appropriate for students ranging from elementary grades through higher education. These resources are all highly interactive, involving models, simulations, or the use of probeware to collect and analyze real-time data in the classroom.
Facilitating digital inquiry
The Concord Consortium resources focus on facilitating “digital inquiry,“ allowing students to investigate phenomena and questions that would otherwise be inaccessible or extremely difficult to teach or explore.
Models and probes
Rich models and simulations allow students to slow the fastest of chemical reactions, manipulate the unseeable world of genes and DNA, or compress centuries into seconds to unlock the gradual mysteries of evolution. Probes and sensors connected to real-time graphs allow students to explore the hidden world around them, transforming abstract concepts such as motion and temperature into tangible visualizations that respond to their actions instantly.
The Concord Consortium Collection is developing a new tool for deploying models, simulations, and probeware within an embedded technology environment that provides for annotated prompts, scaffolding, and assessment. Assessments can include multiple-choice and open-response questions. The ability to keep assessment opportunities near the activity itself and collect and analyze the data provides a unique additional pedagogical layer within Concord Consortium technology-based activities that many other digital resources lack. Teachers can assign resources to their classes and receive summary reports on their students’ responses to the assessments.