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IEEE Teacher In-Service Training Program 4-5 August 2006 Cape Town, South Africa
IEEE Quick Facts l More than 365,000 members, including 68,000 students, in over 150 countries. l 311 Sections in ten geographic regions worldwide. l About 1,450 chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests. l More than 1,300 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries. l 39 societies and 5 technical councils representing the wide range of technical interests. l 128 transactions, journals and magazines. l More than 300 conferences worldwide each year. l About 900 active IEEE standards and more than 400 in development. l Volunteerism is a core value of IEEE
TISP: impact of 2005 activities in Region 3, Central North Carolina Section l Conducted a TISP presentation to eight (8) Science Teacher Chairs in November 2005 l Gave a TISP presentation to high school Science Club students on 8 February 2006 l Made another TISP presentation on 15 February to 12 High and Middle school teachers l Spoke with Middle School Teacher Chairs in March 2006 l Have 12 local engineers/volunteers committed to TISP l Founded a TISP steering committee for the Section
TISP: impact of 2005 activities in Region 3, Atlanta Section l Held a TISP workshop on 7 November 2005 at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics l Presented an overview of TISP at a teacher workshop on 11 February 2006 l Currently working with a high school teacher to develop hands-on activities for Algebra 1 to show examples of how Algebra is applied in engineering l Working with a local parent to develop new TISP lesson plans l Presenting a TISP workshop to Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (a magnet school for grades 3-5) on 20 February l Presenting TISP modules at the Morningside Elementary Family Science Night on 23 February
TISP: impact of 2005 activities in Region 3 Florida West Coast Section l Will hold a high school TISP presentation on 19 April l motor controllers l Will hold a TISP presentation at the University of Central Florida on April 28 Mississippi Section l Plans a TISP presentation for summer 2006 at a teacher workshop conducted at Mississippi State University l "Introduction to Engineering for Teachers and Counselors"
Workshop Goals l Empower Section “champions” to develop or enhance collaborations with their local pre- university community to promote applied inquiry-based learning. l Enhance the level of technological literacy of pre-university educators. l Encourage pre-university students to pursue technical careers, including engineering. l Increase the general level of technological literacy of pre-university students for many years.
Promoting Science and Technology Nico Beute - Cape Peninsula University of Technology l Gateway Discovery Centre l My Interest in the Promotion of Science and Technology for school children l Technological Literacy Counts l IEEE workshop in Baltimore 9&10 October 1998 l TISP in Chicago l 28 July 2001 l Getting Region 8 of the IEEE interested l Workshop in Nice 27&28 Sept 2003 l Energy efficient lights l Now in Cape Town !!
National Development needs l Shortage of engineers l See the analysis of capital intensive projects during the next decade and civil engineers by Allyson Lawless from SAICE l Need for career guidance l Enlarge pool of school leavers equipped to study engineering l High drop out rate of engineering students l Improve problem solving skills of learners
Needs of South African Education Departments l Let us listen to what educationalists say l Let us try to understand educational principles l Let us co-operate with educationalists l Practical examples help the school child to understand difficult concepts l Show them what an engineer does
TLC Baltimore - Strategies - 1998 Train teachers to teach technology Collaboration among education and engineering societies Provide materials to teachers helping them in their teaching of technology Provide an information clearing house enabling teachers to find teaching aids for technology teaching Media exposure for the engineering profession Influence key decision makers to promote technology education Support the development of education standards and curriculum content for technology teaching Engineers to assist teachers with curriculum development
What do we want to achieve ? l Engineers in South Africa are ready and keen to help our teachers l Thank you for showing that you are keen to help l Let us plan how to make it happen - we want to be guided by educationalists l We want to leave the Education Departments with a list of keen volunteers l We want a working group which will ensure that our plans are implemented
Short-Term Benefits l Participating teachers will acquire additional knowledge and materials necessary to enhance their science, math and technology curricula l Participating teachers will be able to add practical, applicable content to their curricula l Engineers and educators will be able to meet and learn about each other l Participating teachers will have a greater understanding of technical careers such as engineering, which they can impart to their students
Long-Term Benefits l The overall level of technological literacy of educators and their students will be positively impacted for many years l There will be the potential for future enhancements in school curricula l Engineers and educators will be given opportunities to meet and develop future collaborative relationships l Minority and female students will be exposed to engineering and other technical professions
Just What Is In-Service Training? l “Pre-service education” - Training teachers receive before beginning their teaching careers. l “In-Service education” - Training teachers receive after entering the classroom. l In Florida, teachers must accumulate 120 in-service points every five years to renew their teaching certificates. l An in-service point is similar to the professional development hours (PDH’s) many states require for renewing PE licenses.
Why Participate in a Teacher In-Service Program? Enhance the level of technological literacy of: l Teachers l Students l The local school community
Why Participate in a Teacher In-Service Program? l Enhance the standing of IEEE and the engineering profession in the eyes of pre-university educators and students. l Promote engineering as a career choice. l Encourage IEEE member participation.
Have fun. Why Participate in a Teacher In-Service Program?
TISP Presentations by Section l Chattanooga, TN l Miami, FL l Florida West Coast l Santa Clara, CA l Philadelphia, PA l North Jersey, NJ l Republic of South Africa l St. Louis, MO l Central Indiana l Jamaica l Atlanta, GA l Richmond, VA l Central North Carolina
Metrics To Date l Forty presentations to date l More than 875 pre-university educators have participated l Science, technology and mathematics educators l These educators represent 85,000+ students
Metrics To Date Cont’d Over 90% of the respondents agreed: l They would use the concepts presented in their instruction l Doing so would enhance the level of technological literacy of their students
Re-useable materials and hardware. Counting the Cost
Counting the Cost l Reproduction costs l Often donated in kind. l Refreshments.
How to Begin? Two pronged approach: l Build relationships with school districts. l Build interest in members.
Recruiting Volunteers l Articles placed in Section newsletters l Announcements l At chapter meetings l At section executive committee meetings l Informal contacts with members l Members can choose to be presenters or coaches l Life members are good candidates
How do I get involved * the mindset l Be proud of what your profession does l Be aware of the importance of engineering for the development of our country and make it known l Get involved in educational issues l your children’s school l the IEEE - your professional society l your HR department l Convince your employer and others of the importance to help education departments
My experience - promoting my profession l Employer l we need engineering students l IEEE, conferences etc l met similar minded people l Gateway Discovery Centre l having a vision l fundraising l practical implementation l Industry l Energy efficiency - CFL’s
Contact with educationalists l Join forces with your education department l listen to them and heed their advice l Keep in contact with fellow engineers who share your vision l Always evaluate what you are doing and ask for feedback
Qualities Needed l Tactful communicator. Willing to play the role of classroom assistant. l New methods of teaching - with less telling and more doing. l Enjoy immediate gratification.
Choose Topics l Tie to national education standards. l Choose topics of interest to section members. l Emphasize “hands-on” activities. l Think low cost l While working with school departments simply ask teachers, curriculum supervisors, curriculum specialists, etc., what topics are needed.
l “Rocket Cars and Newton’s Laws” l “Build Working Models With Household Items” l “The Orbit of Planet Gamma” l “Learn to Program and Test Robots For Classroom Use” l “Everything You Wanted To Know About Electric Motors But Were Afraid To Ask”, Sample Teacher In-service Presentation Topics
Sample Teacher In-service Presentation Topics Cont’d l “How Do We Communicate Using Radio Waves” l “Get Connected With Ohm’s Law” l “Effective Lighting” l “Build Your Own Robot Arm” l “Simple Machines” l “Light Waves and Spectroscopes”
Plan Times and Places l Special Events l USF Engineering EXPO, all day, February, prelude to Engineer’s Week l Teacher Conferences, e.g. technology, mathematics and science teacher conventions by province or nationally l National teacher organizations that happen to meet nearby l Places l College Campuses, school lab
Follow-up Activities/Metrics l Count the number of educators who participated in your teacher in-service program l Be sure that teachers complete the 12 item questionnaire l EAD will tabulate the results l Follow-up with teachers to determine the level of implementation of the concepts and activities l Consider a sign in sheet to include an email address l Consider sending a follow-up postcard to attendees
Lessons Learned l Have telephone or cell phone numbers for at least two contacts at the school. l If possible, visit the presentation location several days before the session. l Use a cart for moving materials from volunteers’ cars to meeting rooms. l If your presentation requires electric power, bring several extension cords and multi-outlet power strips. l Exchange cellular telephone or pager numbers among all the section member volunteers. l Provide each section member volunteer with good directions to the meeting location.