IETTI at UNI is recruiting for the Title IIA/B grant with the IMPACT Program.

2014-'15 IMPACT Program

(IMPacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology)

The IMPACT program will include:

  • GLOBE activities
  • STORM activities
  • Inquiry Activities
  • Educational Technology activities
  • 2 week Summer Institute at UNI - July 20-25 and July 28 - Aug. 1, 2014-'15
    (MIddle & High School teachers)
  • Follow-up activities during the school year (Required) (ICN, online and face to face)
  • Teacher stipend
  • Graduate credit and/or staff development credit available
  • Earth Science endorsement credit available
  • 3 year grant program - Middle & High School first year (2013-'14); Middle & High School second year (2014-'15); Elementary third year (2015-'16)

The IMPACT Program is:

  • Standards based
  • Inquiry based
  • Based on the Iowa Model for Professional Development
  • Correlated with Iowa Core
  • Hands on
  • Individualized

Who should apply for the IMPACT program?


Workshop Details | Application Form

Past IMPACT Participants have said:

  • IMPACT was presented in such a way that not only did I learn the content, but I learned it in such a manner that is conducive to my teaching these lessons to my students.
  • Great ideas, curriculum and staff.  The feedback and connections that one makes with fellow participants is priceless!  
  • This program made me reflect on what I do in my classroom and then ask what I can do better. We all need to do this in our work. Too often, we are so busy we do not take the time to do this reflection.
  • IMPACT is an excellent program. It should be developed as a staff development program for all math and science teachers in Iowa.
  • The IMPACT program was very helpful. I feel I have challenged myself to improve my teaching.
  • It has not only impacted my students, but me as well.

Past STORM participants have said:
  • "GREAT instructor!"
  • "I can easily add this to my classroom lessons"
  • "I think the program will be a great improvement to our overall science curriculum"
  • "A great way to encourage collaboration and inquiry amongst students!"
  • "My students now understand the complexities of their local weather"


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Past GLOBE participants have said:
  • "ABSOLUTELY Excellent Program!"
  • "This is exactly what we should do to involve kids in real life science!"
  • "The GLOBE workshop was very beneficial!  I can't wait to implement these activities"
  • "My students have become experts in taking scientific measurements and analyzing data"
  • "My students are now interested in pursuing a career in science because of GLOBE"
     

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Past Educational Technology Workshop Participants have said
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  • Best kind of instruction - HANDS-ON; interactive (I can ask all the questions I want); student-centered.
  • I learned lots today - I can go back to my office and use what I learned immediately.
  • Instructors are high-quality, professional, with lots of technology expertise.
  • Instructors gave us technology integration ideas - not just taught us how to use the software.
  • A lot was covered today in this workshop.  I have several ideas about how to use it in my work.
     

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Since August 2000, the Science Center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (The STORM Project) has been actively engaged in

 

  • Curriculum Development
    • 20 classroom activities that engage student interest by using current weather information
    • Real time weather imagery available online
    • Field tested by over 170 teachers in 20 states
    • Designed to meet National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy

 

  • Teacher Training
    • 2-hour graduate credit course “Studies in Weather Analysis and Forecasting for Science Educators” has been provided to over 60 educators at no cost during the past 2 summers
    • Professional development workshops have been held at professional society meetings across the country

For more information about the STORM Project, visit http://www.uni.edu/storm/

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GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. The GLOBE program has been active at UNI since 1999.

 GLOBE is a World Wide Network:

  • 100 countries;

  • 15,000 schools;

  • Students work with research scientists;

  • Students and scientists work together to study the global environment.

 GLOBE Integrates Science, Math and Technology:

  • Students learn about the environment by participating in a scientific endeavor;

  • Students learn to use technology in meaningful and appropriate ways;

  • Students practice science and math skills to answer questions about their world.

For STUDENTS, GLOBE provides the opportunity to learn by:

For TEACHERS, GLOBE provides assistance through:

During the IMPACT Institute we will concentrate on activities related to weather, seasons, and science as inquiry.

 
For more information about the GLOBE Project, visit http://www.uni.edu/~iowawet/globe/globe.html

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Educational technology skills and concepts will be integrated as appropriate to specific STORM and/or GLOBE concepts throughout the two-week Institute. You’ll integrate those new skills into your STORM and GLOBE lessons. ITS-Educational Technology’s support staff and STORM & GLOBE leaders will join forces to work side by side with you on your projects. Work with a team of your colleagues or individually! By the end of the two-week Institute you can have new skills for integrating technology to enhance the teaching and learning process.

What technology skills and concepts might be addressed during the Summer Institute?*

  • Presentation Development - Addresses how to develop a presentation incorporating bulleted lists, graphics, sound and video clips. (Tool used: MS PowerPoint)
  • Data Collection & Analysis - Addresses how to organize and record data in a spreadsheet as well as how to chart and graph the data to assist with data analysis and interpretation. (Tool used: MS Excel)
  • Using Webquests to Maximize Student Time on the Web - Addresses basic components of a Webquest and resources for accessing Webquests already available on the Web.
  • Evaluating Web Sites - Addresses strategies for evaluating web sites and key questions to ask to determine the credibility and quality of a web site.
  • Emerging Technologies - Addresses newer technologies that might be useful in teaching and learning.
  • Web 2.0 Tools - Addresses what Web 2.0 is and sharing of a number of Web 2.0 tools, most of which have no cost.
  • Google Tools - Addresses a number of Google Tools available for no cost on the web and how they might be used in teaching and learning. Tools addressed might include Google Mail, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Blogs, Picasa, and more.
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - Addresses both the pros and cons of the concept of allowing students to bring their own mobile technologies to use at school.
  • Student Response System - Addresses a relatively inexpensive solution that allows teachers to create and insert questions, polls, and drawing activity slides into Office PowerPoint lessons actively engaging students in a lesson.
  • Teacher Productivity Tools - Addresses various tools & techniques to develop creative teaching materials such as bulletin boards.
  • Today's Students - Addresses the unique needs of today's students and how this impacts teaching and learning.
  • eLearning - The IMPACT program uses an eLearning online course environment for project leaders and participants to communicate, share resources, deliver surveys and submit documents.

*The technology skills and concepts that will be addressed during the Summer Institute will depend on the workshop content and the grade levels of the participants.

For more information about ITS-Educational Technology, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/et

      

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Summer Workshop Logistics:
  • Weeks of July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1, 2014
  • Sunday evening, July 20; 6:30-8:30 pm
  • 8 am - 5 pm; Monday-Friday
  • Optional lab nights and social events some evenings
  • Held on the UNI campus

Workshop Expenses:

  • Food and lodging provided in UNI facilities
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses
  • Workshop materials covered by grant funds

Participant Stipend:

  • Summer workshop and professional development during the school year will result in a potential of $1300 stipend per participating teacher.

Graduate/AEA credit:

  • 4 graduate or 6 AEA recertification credits are available; PLEASE NOTE: Credits will be awarded after completing the year-long program in April, 2015.
  • Final report due in April, 2015.
  • Grades available in June, 2015.

To Apply:

  • DEADLINE: May 1, 2014 - or until space is filled. Space is limited.
  • Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2014-'15 IMPACT program. If interested, please download and complete the application form (includes a brief questionnaire) and return to Doreen Hayek, director of the program (see contact information below).
 

Click below to download the IMPACT Application form in the format of your choice:

Doreen Hayek
IT Projects Administrator
University of Northern Iowa
IETTI; 120 ITTC Bldg.
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0301

319-273-7300 (phone)
319-273-2917 (FAX)
doreen.hayek@uni.edu (email)
 

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How IMPACT can be interdisciplinary...

While GLOBE and STORM are primarily science and math-based programs, the concepts presented thru the IMPACT program involve skills that can be applied across all disciplines. The IMPACT Summer Institute will focus on real-world applications that will include researching techniques, data analysis, reasoning processes, communications, applications of educational technology and much more! Program coordinators as well as fellow participants will assist you in applying IMPACT concepts to your discipline.

IMPACT participants will be guided by the scientific inquiry method - a method that may be used in every area of living. The steps in that process include:

  • making observations
  • asking questions
  • developing hypotheses
  • collecting and organizing data
  • analyzing data
  • developing conclusions
  • communicating the results
  • asking more questions and continuing the cycle

Examples of topics, skills and disciplines other than math and science where this process has been applied include:

  • financial planning
  • preventative medicine
  • social impacts
  • environmental issues
  • reading comprehension
  • problem solving
  • writing across the discipline
  • So you see, you're only limited by your imagination!

 Join us for IMPACT and experience the excitement and relevance that develops when participating in real life science!

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Contact Doreen Hayek with questions:

Doreen Hayek

IETTI Program Manager

doreen.hayek@uni.edu

319-273-7300 


The Title II/MSP Program combines the "Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program" (Title IIA) & the "Math and Science Partnerships Program (Title IIB) programs. The program is administered through the Iowa Board of Regents and the Iowa Department of Education and is designed to be coordinated through higher education institutions FOR PreK-12 schools.   


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Last updated: October 9, 2013