Apr 22nd, 2009 — Roseville, CA

End of School Year Finds Teachers Enrolling in Summer School

PASCO’s Summer Institute for Professional Development Helps Teachers Discover the Potential of 21st Century Science Education Technology

As the school year ends, thousands of teachers are signing up for their own brand of summer school—professional development. With science skills front and center in preparing students for success in a global economy, PASCO Scientific’s 2009 Summer Institutes promise to help teachers discover the potential of 21st century science education technology and how to use it effectively in their classrooms.

Summer workshops run June 24 through August 8 in Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, and Philadelphia, and at PASCO headquarters in Roseville, California. The two and three-day workshops have expanded from last year to feature additional subject areas and technologies, including the new SPARK Science Learning System™ platform, a mobile all-in-one discovery-learning environment for real-world, hands-on science; and SPARKvue™, a solution that delivers the same experience within the Windows® environment.

“Teachers are often too busy during the school year to fit professional development into their schedules,” said Freda Husic, director of education solutions for PASCO. “These summer workshops are informative, hands-on and fun. They take place in relaxed environments where teachers can devote their full attention to learning, interacting with peers and building a network of teachers to collaborate with once they return home.”

With a national priority on improving science learning, PASCO is expecting enrollment to surpass previous years’ Summer Institutes, which have drawn hundreds of teachers from the U.S. and Canada, and scores of rave reviews. In the words of Tim Garrett, physics and computer robotics teacher at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, and an attendee at last year’s Summer Institute: “This was the best hands-on lab workshop that I have attended within the past 10 years. The instructors were knowledgeable and provided valuable information.” Hortese Brice, biology and chemistry teacher at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, Chicago, IL, had a similar experience. “This workshop really invigorated my desire to use more and more of this technology. After this workshop I felt extremely comfortable with the Xplorer GLX and its functions. I highly recommend this course/workshop for anyone that owns a GLX,” she said.

Workshops cover various levels of biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics. In addition to the SPARK Science Learning System and SPARKvue, workshops include DataStudio®, award-winning software for data collection, graphing and analysis, and Xplorer GLX®, a graphing logger that captures, analyzes, annotates, stores and prints data quickly and seamlessly, without being connected to a computer.

No prerequisites or experience with PASCO products are required. Continuing education credits and/or graduate credits may be available for many of the workshops. To register for the 2009 Summer Institute visit pasco.com/institute, email training@pasco.com or call 1-800-772-8700 ext. 289.

PASCO has been designing, developing, and supporting innovative teaching and learning solutions for K–12 and higher education since 1964. PASCO’s team of educators, scientists, educational researchers, engineers, and many others is committed to the advancement of STEM education around the world. Today teachers and students in more than 100 countries use PASCO solutions.

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