Now Online: Classroom Videos Bring Engineering to Life
October 21, 2012
In response to a soaring demand for teacher professional development resources, classroom videos for four units of the Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum are available for free online. As more videos are completed, they will go live on the EiE website at http://www.mos.org/eie/unitpdfs/classroomvideos.php. Anyone can log in. The 20-unit curriculum, created by the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), has reached almost 44,000 teachers and 3.8 million elementary school students in the United States.
With generous support from Cognizant, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation, the NCTL is creating a library of powerful classroom videos that feature real teachers grappling with actual classroom challenges. These videos provide concrete and relevant models of the EiE teaching and learning process in action and can be used to guide elementary teachers as they integrate EiE engineering challenges into their teaching. The "documentary-style" videos reflect live student-teacher interactions, capturing the questions, fun, and occasional chaos of elementary school-aged engineers at work.
The EiE team has produced videos from a variety of classrooms in Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Kentucky, and plans to shoot next in Washington State, Florida, and Vermont. The videos span a range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups in grades K-5. For each unit, 4-6 individual videos show the class involved in four EiE lessons which include setting the unit's context with the storybook, an overview of the engineering field involved, exploring materials and ideas, and doing the design challenge.
Reflection Questions accompany each video, asking viewers to analyze the teaching styles and choices and think about how the classroom and instruction might resemble or differ from their own. This question-and-response format draws viewers to critical spots in the video. Educators are taking advantage of this resource. As of October 15, the videos had been played 2,626 times.