Workshop #1: Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Environmental Dashboard
Environmental Dashboard (ED) technology is being installed in school districts in Ohio and nationally. ED is designed to make flows of water and energy through buildings and whole communities and environmental conditions visible, engaging and teachable while also linking these to smart environmental decision-making. A grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (Ohio EPA) is supporting a series of workshops designed to better integrate this technology into the K-12 curriculum. Workshop goals are to enhance teaching of content associated with the core curriculum and state standards, and to develop students’ “systems thinking” skills within the context of existing lessons. The first workshop is designed to provide educators and curricular managers with a hands-on understanding of the three components of Environmental Dashboard (ED), the range of ways in which they can and have be used for data analysis, communication and teaching. Participants will help identify specific curricular opportunities in their own classes.
Join educators from Cleveland, Toledo, Akron and Oberlin districts in a one day workshop to explore how the technology is being used to develop authentic problem solving skills that are aligned with the curriculum. Educators in grades 4-8 plus high school environmental science are eligible to participate. Science and STEM educators in grades 4, 7 and 8 are particularly encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply to participate by visiting www.environmentaldashboard.org/workshops
The workshop will be held at Oberlin College on Saturday February 25, 2017 from 10:00-4:00. Participants will be provided a $100 stipend and for participating on February 25, 2017. CEU credits will provided based on completing district requirements.
Workshop participants will be eligible to apply to receive a stipend to participate in subsequent curriculum development workshops during the summer of 2017; applications will be accepted following the first workshop.
This workshop is a collaboration between four participating school districts and Oberlin College with support from from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (Ohio EPA). Questions answered at firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop model employed here assumes that teachers and curricular managers in each district are in the best position to determine precisely how ED can best be integrated into existing curricula and to develop and help assess these exercises in the context of their own districts, schools and classrooms. This “train the trainer” model is intended to develop a cadre of experienced and enthusiastic teachers with in-depth training in the use of ED. These workshops includes teachers from Oberlin who already have experience developing and using ED curricular materials who can serve as mentors and experts.
With its focus on providing easy access to real-time, real-world data on the environmental performance of school buildings and environmental quality in local communities Environmental Dashboard is designed to provide opportunities to deeply engage students of differing academic abilities at different grade levels and in different disciplines. While ED has obvious value in STEM classes, it can also be connected with social studies and the arts; students in these classes can creatively reflect and develop new content for the Community Voices messages. ED can be used to encourage youth to draw connections between air and water quality and conservation-related decision-making in their schools and communities. It provides opportunities for students to develop and then share their ideas and actions to preserve the environment in their communities. For this regional pilot, we will be focussing on grades 4-8 and highs school Environmental Science and related classes.