Teach With MySciLife - Let your students LIVE science
MySciLife welcomes inquiries from middle school (gr 6-9) science teachers who are passionate about both their subject and their students. The MyScilife team will provide all the training to get you started.
MySciLife is a social learning environment that can be used along with any middle school science curriculum or content. Our learning environment includes resource libraries that let you choose from materials provided to support you as you teach middle school science topics and Next Gen Science Standards. Each teacher determines how to use MySciLife with his or her students to meet their local and state curriculum objectives. Using the MySciLife learning environment also provides opportunities for students to practice digital citizenship, critical thinking, and written communication skills.
ABOUT SAFETY ONLINE:
Many schools worry about safety and restrict access to any web-based, social tools. We respect these concerns. MySciLife maintains complete student anonymity in a safe, teacher-moderated, password-protected environment. All students must have parent permission to participate in MySciLife. A student’s work shows in the “public stream” (outside the password) only if that student’s parent gave explicit permission. Although your students interact with peers across the U.S., they are known only by their science “identity” names. No one other than you (the teacher) and the individual student can see their real name, school, or location.
ABOUT TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
- We welcome inquiries at any time, however we only offer training for teachers who are new to the MySciLife platform during our “Boot Camp” season.
- All teachers are asked to participate in our online professional learning community (PLC) meetings.
- MySciLife “jumpstart” professional development (Boot Camp) provides exposure to both the MySciLife tools and the pedagogical teaching strategies that make learning in MySciLife effective and exciting for students.
- As the MySciLife community grows, we will open up to larger cohorts of new teachers each year.
All teachers who want to use the MySciLife social learning platform in the classroom need to complete our “jumpstart” training, which we call Boot Camp. This 18-hour course is a combination of independent modules you complete on your own time and live, online meetings (offered at many times). Middle school science teachers who complete the course receive Professional Development certificates.
If you or one of your friends is a middle school science teacher (gr 6-9) interested in learning more about MySciLife, click here. If you have additional questions after reading these introductory pages, please email the MySciLife Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.