Secondary Education Faculty Visit Brazil
Drs. Brian Foley, Mike Rivas, and Norm Herr (left to right). A soccer game made the schedule.
Drs. Brian Foley, Norm Herr, and Mike Rivas, from the Department of Secondary Education, traveled to São Paulo, Brazil, to participate in the 2013 Hewlett Packard (HP) Catalyst Summit, April 15-19. For the last two years, HP has provided $250,000 to enhance the Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) project. CSCS is the product of a long-standing collaboration between Eisner College faculty in the secondary and elementary education departments and faculty from CSUN's College of Science and Math. The primary focus of CSCS is to enhance the teaching and learning process by using cloud-based tools like the Google suite of programs. The tools are used to promote student collaboration, engagement, formative assessment, and data analysis by allowing both teachers and students to access student work quickly and repeatedly.
One key focus of the 2013 Catalyst Summit for our project was the creation of short online courses to teach CSCS pedagogical strategies. For example, teachers will be taught to use the Google spreadsheet to create what we have called a Quickwrite to monitor student understanding throughout any given lesson or unit. Funded participants came from around the globe, with projects from England, Mexico, and Costa Rica, to name a few. Potential partnerships were created with projects in Australia and Kenya, and continued discussions will take place for future professional development collaborations in the use of CSCS.