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1 IEEE Teacher In-Service Training Program 4-5 August 2006 Cape Town, South Africa

2 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

3 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

4 Central North Carolina Section TISP event

5 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

6 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"

7 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.

8 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 !!

9 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

10 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

11 TLC Baltimore - Strategies  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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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.

16 Why Participate in a Teacher In-Service Program? Enhance the level of technological literacy of: l Teachers l Students l The local school community

17 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.

18 Have fun. Why Participate in a Teacher In-Service Program?

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 Re-useable materials and hardware. Counting the Cost

23 Counting the Cost Expendables

24 Counting the Cost l Reproduction costs l Often donated in kind. l Refreshments.

25 How to Begin? Two pronged approach: l Build relationships with school districts. l Build interest in members.

26 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

27 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

28 Mobilising volunteers

29 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

30 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

31 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.

32 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.

33 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

34 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”

35 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

36 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 address l Consider sending a follow-up postcard to attendees

37 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.

38 Teacher In-service Presentations


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