The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provide a framework and examples of three-dimensional learning. Soon after they were released, we created the NGSS Pathfinder to help educators find their way through the core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices that make up the NGSS. This intuitive tool allows you to consider some of the myriad paths possible, and links to free Concord Consortium resources for any given path.
We’ve had lots of positive feedback about the NGSS Pathfinder, including many requests for a printable version. And since we love to give educational resources away for free, we’ve made a printable version of the Pathfinder available. Feel free to use it for handouts, full-size posters, or anything else. We’re especially excited about the idea of people creating laminated posters so they can draw their own paths!
As always, you can continue to use the online NGSS Pathfinder to create interactive links from core ideas to science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts, and get access to free resources for your selected path. Our computational models and probe-based activities bring important learning within new reach. Students using such technology-based activities also gain wide experience with crosscutting concepts—from scales in space and time to energy and systems—across domains in science, math, and engineering.
The NGSS Pathfinder graphics are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (CC BY 4.0), so you’re welcome to use them under those terms. If you share the graphics online, please attribute the Concord Consortium and include a link to https://concord.org.
The Supporting Secondary Students in Building External Models project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is researching how the use of a systems dynamics tool to construct external models helps students to build robust conceptual frameworks. We are developing a new web-based systems modeling tool called SageModeler to facilitate model development. Students can use SageModeler as a simple diagramming tool, then—with pedagogical support from teachers and a curriculum that supports modeling—specify relationships between factors to create a computational model that allows students to generate model output.
We’re proud to announce a beautiful new SageModeler logo, created by Derek Yesman of Daydream Design*.
We believe that the logo represents many of the features of the systems modeling software. The two green swooshes create the letter S, which stands for SageModeler, of course. Significantly, they also evoke the links users create between nodes to define relationships. We see motion in those swooshes as well, which is another feature of the software, both because the software allows users to construct dynamic relationships and because the models are runnable with inputs and outputs.
SageModeler is embedded in CODAP, our Common Online Data Analysis Platform, so students can analyze the outputs of their models and compare those outputs with data from other sources—published data sets, such as ocean temperatures or CO2 emissions, results of computational models like Next-Generation Molecular Workbench or NetLogo, or data from sensors—in a single analytic environment. The new SageModeler logo shares the same colors and some themes, too, with the CODAP logo. In the SageModeler logo, the squares represent nodes.
SageModeler is open source software, free to use, adapt, and extend. Contact us for more information!
We’re thrilled to present five videos in the National Science Foundation STEM for All Video Showcase from May 17 to 23! We invite you to view the videos and join the conversation about the latest research in STEM and computer science teaching and learning. Please vote for our videos through Facebook, Twitter, or email!
Geniverse engages students in exploring heredity and genetics by breeding virtual dragons. GeniConnect connects afterschool students with biotech scientists to play Geniverse together. In GeniGUIDE, we’re adding an intelligent tutoring system to Geniverse, supporting students and relaying information to the most intelligent tutor in the room – the teacher.
Teaching Environmental Sustainability with Model My Watershed is developing place-based, problem-based, hands-on set tools aligned to NGSS to promote geospatial literacy and systems thinking for middle and high school students.
Our Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) allows you to dig deep into the data all around you. Whether you’re investigating data you’ve gathered yourself via probes and sensors, maps of the travel paths of elephant seals and sharks, data streams from a simulation of global climate change or wins and losses from an online game of rock-paper-scissors, CODAP can help! CODAP is about exploring and learning from data from any content area, so it’s perfect for math, science, social studies, physical education classes and more.
Today, we are proud to announce our elegant new CODAP logo, developed by Derek Yesman of Daydream Design*.
We think this logo expresses the many faces of CODAP both concisely and beautifully. Looking at the world of data through the four panes of a window, you might notice different elements. Link them together with CODAP’s tools to see the big picture or to focus in on one or more relationships in the data. Naturally, different windows in the CODAP software open to permit data analysis of different aspects, yet the views remain linked at the same time, providing deep insights into the connections across different perspectives.
Do you see a scatter plot? We do, too. You’ll see lots of circles in CODAP – they represent individual data points or points summarizing data across experimental runs. Our new logo continues that circle theme, bringing in a family of different colors that evoke the many diverse disciplines that CODAP can tackle, all linked through the common power of data exploration.
There are also linear elements in the design that evoke bar graphs and standard chart views – the bread and butter of everyday data analysis.
Our CODAP software and logo continue the legacy of both Fathom and TinkerPlots, and we are proud to be building on this tradition of amazing data exploration tools. Our new web-based platform was created with National Science Foundation funding by Senior Scientist Bill Finzer. CODAP is open source software, free to use, adapt and extend. Contact us for more information and to start analyzing the data around you today!
Director of Technology Stephen Bannasch describes the complex algorithms that he’s been programming behind the scenes to get virtual atoms to behave like real atoms, forming gases, liquids and solids while you manipulate temperature and the attractive forces between atoms. See salt crystallize and explore how the intermolecular attractions affect melting and boiling points. Imagine what chemistry class would have been like (or could be like today) if the foundation of your chemical knowledge started here.
The Molecular Workbench has been downloaded over 800,000 times, making it Concord Consortium’s most popular single piece of software. We’re heading to a million and documenting in video both our history and our vision for the future.
Learn from Charles Xie, Senior Scientist and creator of the Molecular Workbench, about the computational engines that accurately simulate atomic motions, quantum waves, and atomic-scale interactions based on fundamental equations and laws in physics.
Amy Pallant, who researched student use of Molecular Workbench, describes the phone calls she made to students months after they’d used the software—and how impressed she was with their memory of the science of atoms and molecules.
Dan Damelin, Technology and Curriculum Developer, recalls his time as a classroom teacher and his frustration with trying to describe atoms and molecules to his students with words and
pictures. He wanted more—and found it in Molecular Workbench!
Dan sums up the goal for Molecular Workbench: “It’s going to be just a given that this is a regular tool that will just be part of learning science.” We hope so.
We’re closing in on a million downloads and looking toward the next million.