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SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.
The Energy SciPack explores the many forms of energy and the concept that energy can change from one form to another. The focus is on Standards and Benchmarks related to energy, energy transfer, and the conservation of energy. Work and simple machines are used throughout the SciPack to explain energy transformations.
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I enjoyed how concise this SciPack is; I feel that it did a great job of breaking down the topic into what students really need to know. I came away with some lab ideas for my students that will help them understand energy. I also appreciated the student misconceptions and concept development part. It was interesting to see how the list of common misconceptions aligned with what I found from my students' pre-assessments this year.
Ashley Townsend (Baton Rouge, LA)
I like the questions after each of the videos. Excellent resource.
Julie Wylie (Baytown, TX)
This was a fantastic SciPack that helped better my understanding of Energy and how to implement those topics into the classroom.
I found the material both very interesting and helpful. It helped broaden my understanding and will no doubt help my future teaching on the subject.
Using the Energy SciPack has been a great help as I have been working on our district's curriculm revision. It has broadened my understanding and helped me identify content that I want my 6th graders to understand.
David G (Anchorage, AK)
Regardless of the time it times to complete this SciPack, it was worth it. Not only was it informative, the interactive nature of it made it more engaging for me as an adult and more able to focus on each item more in depth.
The structure of the SciPacks really help me understand the underlying concepts that surround each topic.
I had a lot of fear of science before learning about the NSTA Learning Center, and Initially, I was unsure of how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format. However, the carefully sequenced topics, interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the voice-over explanations work well together to help deepen my understanding in the content area.
Especially valuable are the pedagogical implications and common student misconceptions. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about a subject after using a SciPack, and I highly recommend the Energy SciPack to anyone needing to learn more about scientific topics.
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)
This is full of information and great to use to gain new information. I enjoyed this and feel like I have a better grasp of energy to help my students with. Awesome SciPack.
Jessica Minton (Collierville, TN)
My favorite aspect of this Sci pack was its foundation in relevance. The sci pack begins by listing the various energies in different object and systems. The sci pack then goes on to discuss the value of each of these energy sources in regards to their ease of harvesting and accessibility to humans. The energy transfer visuals have been a useful tool in my classroom for showing how the starting energy in a system will be the final energy, but the energy simply transfers from one object to the next. If I were to make one suggestion for this sci pack would be to include more content on work and power. This is an integral part of the understanding of how we measure different aspects of energy.
This scipack was very well put together! The information was clear and consice. I had no problem with the final assessment and enjoyed taking this scipack.
enjoyed this scipack, much easier than the force and motion!!
I thought that this scipack was very clear and concise. It was easy to learn and gave good quiz questions. Also, the test was very good and did not ask questions that was not reviewed thoroughly in the scipack.
This is a great way to learn about energy. Allows the learner to gain concrete understanding of an abstract concept. I love the interactive activities. It also informs you of some of the common misconceptions students may have.
This Sci Pack was definitely one of my favorites. I loved how descriptive it was, as well as incredibly informative and interactive. I also appreciated the suggested experiments and activities! Lastly, the pedagogical implications and teaching suggestions were so helpful.
I definitely am comfortable teaching energy concepts after completing this Sci Pack!
This was a great overview of energy. It did a great job explaining the concept. Even though it introduced math in calculating energy, it explained the concept well enough that I would consider this an excellent introductary lesson to my students. So many get bogged down in math and don't seem to get the actual concept.
In this SciPack the material focused on Energy with the Science Objects as follows: Different Kinds of Energy, Energy Transformations, Thermal Energy, Heat, and Temperature, Useful and Not So Useful Energy. This SciPack goes into great detail explaining what energy is, its conservation, forms, origins and uses. After studying this material, you will know why there will never be a perpetual motion machine. ?
I always thought math was integral to everything, but this SciPack, Energy, describes what really makes the world go round. As I gaze out the window, I am watching things be moved by a gentle breeze, and I am thinking, “Energy is all around us, quiet, loud, visible, invisible, always flowing. Amazing.”
Waves crashing, wind blowing, manapua munching all involve energy use and transfer. I always felt confident connecting math to any topic. With what I have learned about energy I can make deeper more real world connections. Most things that students are excited about involve calorie consuming and calorie burning. It would be fun to crunch some numbers on various foods and activities.
Floyd (Honolulu, HI)
I enjoyed reviewing energy concepts. I am currently teaching an energy unit to my students and it was very helpful. It was worth the effort and time that I put in to completing the scipack over spring break.
This is a great SciPack. Energy can be a very abstract topic, but this SciPack makes it very clear and accessible. The animations, formative assessments, and quizzes support deep learning. The Pedagogical Implications and misconception alerts support the teaching of this concept. Great for novice and intermediate learners.
Donald Boonstra (League City, TX)
This SciPack addresses content related to energy concepts using a variety of means including reading/audio, inquiry based simulations, hands on acitivities, and ongoing assessment. The embedded quizzes allow the user to self-assess to determine if some concepts should be reviewed. The simulations are self-explanatory and can be reviewed as needed by moving forward or back among readings, quizzes, and the simulations. This SciPack also has an associated SciGuide with many resources to support your teaching of energy concepts. The SciGuide and how to get to it is referenced throughout the SciPack. The final evaluation is clearly aligned to the objectives and the content. You can take the evaluation in any SciPack up to three times in order to pass it. IN addition, you can move back and forth within the SciPack to review the concepts learned before taking the final evaluation.
Bambi Bailey (Tyler, TX)
This SciPack has very useful information! I learned so much! I do have a concern with the final assessment questions. The rating from least to greatest should give you a scale that tells you if 1 = least or 1 = greatest. Thanks!!!
This science pack was full of great information that covers the basics of energy. The simulations however did not pull up for me. I also found it difficult to pass the ending test which surprised me given the information was not to difficult compared to the other packs I completed with ease. Overall, I feel I learned from this science pack.
The NSTA has done a nice job of putting together this scipack. It concisely goes over the main concepts of energy, types of energy, and the law of conservation of energy.
Steve (St. Johns, FL)
. This was a great overview of Energy and did a wonderful job explaining the concept. It was very descriptive and interactive. I am glad I am a member of the National Learning center so I could use these Scipacks in the future. It always informs you on student’s common misconceptions in the particular big idea. Teachers can learn from these common misconceptions and gear their students toward the correct facts.
This Sci Pak was challenging. It was easy to get confused with all the different energies and what happens to energy. When I was taking the last test, I used the Internet to help secure my understanding, however, the computer would not take me back to the test, rather I had to sign off and restart the test, which meant all of my answers were wiped out. The last time, I felt very confident, however the test was wiped out and it was hard to recall all of the answers that I had entered. I was very frustrated.
I think this Scipack was very informative. It gave all the information I needed to take the test! A great presentation of information.
This scipack was great. It enabled me to get a closer look at a concept I had been talked to about or years. I was able to gain a better understanding of some of the concepts that had been fuzzy to me before. I love the way that you get to do interactive activities and quizzes within the scipacks. It ensures me that I am actually learning and benefiting from the content and the way it is presented. I cannot wait to use my new understanding to help my future students to understand the importance of energy in our world and the ways that it works.
I found this SciPack very helpful and the examples they use are great!
This SciPack was easier than the Force and Motion SciPack. I found that the information was better explained in this SciPack, although there were still questions on the test that wasnt in the reading or that wasnt worded very well.
this sci pack was much easier than the last one. but the post test took me for a whirl
The enrgy course was pretty good but not up to the standards I have seen earlier. The rollercoaster in the assessment caused me stress because my computer "locks up" sometimes when these types of animations occur. A question could have been asked that avoided this technology. It also takes time away from the total time for the test as you are watching the simulation. Small matter but sometimes you need all the allotted time...
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)
I liked this SciPack. The simulations were useful and easy to use and would be helpful to use in the classroom with students. The SciPack covered all the energy concepts you would need in a high school physics and chemistry course.
Rebecca F (Elizabeth, WV)
Excellent section on thermal energy and temperature. I highly recommend this for elementary teachers to learn about energy.
Dan Carroll (Arlington, VA)
Sometimes I found the wording of the questions a little confusing but the simulations are great. The summaries are clear, concise and a nice wrap up of all key ideas. I want to use this with my students, especially the simulation with the cup, ramp, and marble.
Taylor (Chicago, IL)
good resource for simplifying, breaking down and classifying energy, a difficult concept to grasp!
Solid introduction to the concept of energy for non-physical science teachers. Conceptual presentation allows basic understanding, and ample sims provide the visual learner with alternative to understanding equations. Could more effectively tie to alternative energy, and trade-offs. Contains a few typographical errors, and a couple of the sims did not work as expected.
Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI)
Don't do this when you are tired.
This is my second SciPack that I have completed for my online course at Montana State University-Billings. Overall, I really do like these. They are a great way to learn the material. I really liked the Force and Motion pack. It was longer and seemed the material was a little more complex than this one,which is why I did not understand why this one was so hard for me. I feel like this SciPack is not as in depth which made it harder for me when it came down to the final assesment. Overall, I think it could be useful if more information was added to it.
Kylee Pierce (Billings, MT)
"Force and Motion" was a more solid and well-explained scipack, but this covers the basic concepts of Energy.
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