The Southern Virginia Educator's Development Institute (SEDI) is a unique set of professional development opportunities for Southern Virginia educators in all STEM disciplines at all grade levels. SEDI provides educators with practical instruction on how to incorporate technology into their teaching and updates educators on new topics and methods in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
This summer's programs will provide opportunities for area educators to:
• Learn new, innovative practices that boost student engagement
• Augment content in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
• Earn recertification points *
* For teachers working in public school settings, recertification points may be arranged for most SEDI offerings. Final decisions about recertification points rest with each school division.
Click on the course below for more information and to register.
Using LEGO Mindstorm in your classroom. We will learn the power of the LEGO Mindstorm system through a hands on approach and how it can be used is various classrooms. We will also discuss other robotic and controller based systems and their uses. (Target Audience: Grade K-12 teachers) TEACHERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE MINDSTORM EQUIPMENT SEEN DURING THE WORKSHOP IN THEIR OWN CLASSROOMS, AS A PART OF THE INSTITUTE'S LOANER LAB PROGRAM.
*Following this Workshop there will be a brief presentation by Virginia FIRST: “Discovering FIRST Robotics: A Tool for STEM”. The presentation will take place from 4-5pm; there is no cost to attend. Please click here to RSVP with the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber if you would like to attend.
Using Vernier equipment in your classroom. We’ll learn the power of Vernier equipment and their LoggerPro software and how this valuable instructional technology can be utilized in your classroom. Come see what a wonderful resource this equipment and curriculum can be in meeting the new SOL science standards, especially those regarding the use of probeware! TEACHERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE VERNIER EQUIPMENT SEEN DURING THE WORKSHOP IN THEIR OWN CLASSROOMS, AS A PART OF THE INSTITUTE'S LOANER LAB PROGRAM.
Integrative STEM Education: Is it Hype or Does It Work?
Come to this one-day seminar to learn how to make maximum use of your teaching time by presenting your disciplines integratively, using SOL's as the backbone. During this event, you will experience the power of integrative teaching from both the student perspective and the teaching perspective when you develop your own STEM unit for fall implementation. No extra equipment required. Open to all grade levels and teaching disciplines.
Participating teachers will gain hands on training on various biotechnology equipment, software, and projects. Teachers will walk away with curriculum and lab ideas for implementation in their own classrooms. TEACHERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE BIOTECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT SEEN DURING THE WORKSHOP IN THEIR OWN CLASSROOMS, AS A PART OF THE INSTITUTE'S LOANER LAB PROGRAM.
All summer workshops will take place on the date listed, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The cost of all SEDI workshops is $20 per participant; participants will receive lunch and a complimentary copy of “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World” by Tony Wagner. Furthermore, as aforementioned, teachers participating in the Robotics, Vernier, and/or Biotechnology Workshops will then be certified to borrow the equipment utilized during the workshop through the Institute's new Loaner Lab program!
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