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Friday, July 12 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Phenomenon-based Learning Using Museum Objects (Hour 1 of 2)

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Natural History Museum of Utah educators will introduce participants to Research Quest - a free suite of online investigations - to demonstrate how middle school teachers can engage their students in some of the most intriguing mysteries of our time, robust debate about current research, and developing explanations and arguments to explain their ideas - all while using 3D technology to access many of the museum's rich fossil resources. Participants will learn how to use Research Quest to support collaborative student work to gather empirical data by making quantitative and qualitative observations of real fossils with modeling and guidance from one of the museum's award winning scientists. We'll also explore strategies for making student thinking visible as students move from using intuitive to increasingly complex critical thinking skills. These strategies provide important supports to guide students as they weigh the quality and strength of their evidence and use that evidence to develop their explanations and construct arguments. Participants will receive supporting materials designed for the classroom teacher and their students - including learning assessment tools for both.

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Merinda Davis

Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Along with being a Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist at the Natural History Museum of Utah Merinda is a classroom teacher, a devoted life-long learner, and an innovator. While she has proudly worn the hat of teacher for more than a decade, she has also won numerous fellowships... Read More →

Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501