Science and Instructional Technology Professional Development A listing of professional development created collaboratively with the Department of Science and Office of Instructional Technology.





This professional development was created by New York City Science teachers in conjunction with DOE Department of Science staff and technology integration specialists. This professional development is designed to enable a teacher who has access to a projector and classroom set of internet-ready computers to enhance teaching and learning using 21st Century tools. This professional development is aligned to the National Educational Technology standards, The Science standards and the National Staff Development Council standards, and can be used in conjunction with any science program.

Celebrating Student Work with a Virtual Science Fair

Elementary Sample Unit
(Consists of 8, 45-60 minute sessions)

In Celebrating Student Work with a Virtual Science Fair participants discover how wikis, online rubrics, electronic science notebooks and other technology tools can enhance the students’ ability to share, comment to, and reflect on science experiments virtually. Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to go back to the classroom and conduct a virtual science fair.

Enrich a Severe Weather Unit with Google Apps

Grade 6 Sample Unit
(Consists of 8, 45-60 minute sessions)

Discover how to use Google Apps, such as Google Earth and Google Collaborative Docs, to support a “Severe Weather” unit of study. This professional development is designed to enable a teacher who has access to a projector and classroom set of internet-ready computers to enhance teaching and learning using 21st Century tools.

Enrich a Water Quality Investigation Unit with Probes

Grade 6 Sample Unit
(Consists of 8, 45-60 minute sessions)

Discover how to use probes to support a water quality investigation as part of a unit on ecosystems. This professional development is designed to enable a teacher who has access to a projector and classroom set of internet-ready computers to enhance teaching and learning using 21st Century tools.

Enrich the Study of the Human Body with Technology

Grade 7 Sample Unit
(Consists of 8, 45-60 minute sessions)

Discover how to use video, electronic notebooks, excel, interactive websites, PowerPoint and more to enhance the study of human body systems. This professional development is designed to enable a teacher who has access to a projector and classroom set of internet-ready computers to enhance teaching and learning using 21st Century tools.

Enrich Science Exit Projects with Technology
Grade 8 Sample Unit
(Consists of 8, 45-60 minute sessions)

Science teachers will look closely at best practices utilized when working with students to create science exit projects. They will explore ways that 21st Century skills can be incorporated to engage students, enrich instruction and differentiate teaching and learning. Using 21st Century skills, educators will improve student focus, motivation, and promote student questioning and thinking. These skills will result in improved educational outcomes for students. Participants discover how to enhance the management, research and presentation of science exit projects by creating a library of online resources, blogging, creating templates, using Excel, PowerPoint and more. This professional development is designed to enable a teacher who have access to a projector and classroom set of internet-ready computers to enhance teaching and learning using 21st Century tools.

Using SmartBoards to Enriching Science Exit Projects with Technology

(Consists of 4, 45-60 minute sessions)
Discover how to use a projector and interactive whiteboard to enhance teaching and learning in a science classroom.