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SCIENCE Courses

January 15, 2015 - Posted in Education
Science Professional Development Courses

ETV Teacher Recertification offers a variety of courses to meet your certificate renewal needs as a South Carolina educator. Find our offerings for the Science below or RETURN TO ETV TEACHER RECERTIFICATION

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Environmental Education in SC: Learning & Connecting (Grades 6-12)

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

Recommended for teachers of grades 6-12, this ETV Teacher Recertification course is provided through ETV in partnership with The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. The course is designed to increase educator’s awareness of National and local initiatives for environmental education, as well as components which will increase your capacity for teaching, connecting with your audience and building a model for success. The course begins with an introduction to programming set forth from the NAAEE and our state’s ability to grow and utilize resources available for your classroom and community. Subsequent lessons build on information and resources teachers can use to facilitate their students’ learning and connecting in the area of environmental education (SCETV produced).

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Environmental Awareness and Conservation in SC & Beyond, Part 1

(Recommended for teachers of all grade levels)

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

Environmental Awareness and Conservation in SC & Beyond, Part 1 is a self-paced, one-hour (20 renewal credits) course consisting of 12 video programs, most of which were produced by SCETV.  The course is intended to increase educator’s awareness of environmental issues, promoting the understanding of biological diversity and ecology, explaining the importance of achieving a balance between nature and mankind to create a sustainable environment, and illustrating the diversity of the natural and cultural resources in South Carolina and the resulting global interconnections.  Part 1 starts with a special program about climate change, which looks at this issue from a global perspective, and then takes us from our South Carolina coast to the midlands looking at interesting aspects our unique Palmetto state environment (SCETV produced).

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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science, Grades K-6

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

Providing participants with fundamental science concepts, these eight one-hour video lessons show demonstrations, still graphics, animation, and real world examples - all designed to correlate with interviews with educated scientists and children about science class topics.  These topics range from soil to the solar system. Opportunities are available for increasing students' science knowledge and observing teachers engaging their students in essential observation and research techniques (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science, Grades K-6

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

Designed to help teachers enhance their understandings of “big ideas” in the life sciences, this course explores topics that range from the molecules of life to the complexities of an entire ecosystem. Video examples, colorful graphics, lively animations and other demonstrations are used as learning tools to bring meaning to the content addressed. Annenberg Media is the originator of this course material (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science, Grades K-6

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

The Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science, Grades K-6 course offers the participant opportunities to gain a better under-standing of specific science concepts needed for teaching important standards-based curricula about matter.  The participant is engaged in observing activities on animation "Science Studio" student thinking, classroom demonstrations, and interviews with scientists.  Topics range from the essential properties of aluminum foil to the plasma that makes up the Sun.  This course provides numerous possibilities for the veteran teacher while enriching the knowledge base of the newcomer (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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Learning Science Through Inquiry, Grades K-8

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

Providing participants with opportunities for using inquiry-based teaching, these eight videos demonstrate teaching/learning strategies in real classrooms with both teachers and students engaged in the process.  Each video offers numerous "how to" activities for the veteran teacher as well as the newcomer. One of the many strengths of the program is the connection of the scientific inquiry process with other subject areas (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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Science in Focus: Energy, Grades K-6

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

Understanding the concept of energy in earth and space science and physical science is crucial for elementary school teachers.  In this one-hour course, the eight video lessons demonstrate the role energy plays in machines, motion, food, and the universe.  Fascinating activities such as bouncing balls, the swinging of pendulums, photosynthesis through animation, and how to be smart consumers of energy are examples of teaching the concept of energy (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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Science in Focus: Force and Motion, Grades K-8

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

In this workshop, teachers explore science concepts in force and motion and come away with a deeper understanding that will help them engage students in their own explorations.  The lessons teachers observe in the videos and the activities they do in this Science in Focus workshop provide them with the opportunity to test some of their own initial ideas about force and motion. The goal is to move teachers toward a greater understanding of forces as interactions, the concept of action at a distance, the various ways to describe motion, and the effect of physical surroundings on the motion of objects (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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Science in Focus: Shedding Light on Science, Grades K-5

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

Providing an opportunity to study the theme of shedding light, this course offers elementary teachers tips for explaining light in Earth science, chemistry, physics, biology, and space science. Because light is an interdisciplinary study topic, it is easy for classroom activities to make meaningful connections to real-world phenomena. Teachers will investigate the behavior and role of light through studies of the seasons, the production of food by plants, and the weather (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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Science of Teaching Science, Grades K-8

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

Providing K-8 teachers unique opportunities to explore ways to improve their teaching practices, this course directs their attention to real classroom activities in which they observe other teachers in unrehearsed situations.  These "user friendly" videos stimulate the veteran teachers to try different teaching approaches and at the same time provide new teachers excellent "how to" activities for classroom implementation (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science (Grades 6-12)

~8 week session 
Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits 
Cost: $75.00 

The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science (Grades 6-12) is a self-paced, one-hour (20 renewal credits) course for middle and high school teachers designed around Annenberg/CPB Professional Development Workshops. The course will assist teachers of biology, chemistry and Earth science in providing engaging content for their classes. The course consists of 13 half-hour video units and begins with an overview of the Earth's systems; geophysical, atmospheric, oceanic, and ecosystems as they exist independently of human influence. Following this introduction, the course explores the impact that human activities have on the different natural systems. Topics include human population growth and resource use, increasing competition for fresh water and climate change. Each program features two case studies following top scientists in the field (Annenberg/CPB produced).

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