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Online Learning: A ‘New Normal’

Posted: Nov. 12, 2020 in: Science in the Classroom

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Online Learning: A ‘New Normal’

Posted: Nov. 12, 2020 in: Science in the Classroom

For Educators: discover how TELUS World of Science - Edmonton has employed innovative and creative ways to pivot many of our School Programs online and learn about which programs you should book for January and February.

It has been said many times over the past 8 months: the world has changed.

At TELUS World of Science – Edmonton this is especially true. As an organization, we have employed innovative and creative ways to pivot many of our offerings online. Our Education team has been working hard to develop online resources for teachers and students, and we have started producing video content in an effort to continue providing valuable resources to educators.

It was important to us that these programs be interactive – we wanted students to do more than just sit back and watch science, we wanted to bring science alive! As a result, we have developed an exciting library of fun and engaging Virtual School Programs, all of them based on the Alberta curriculum and available across all Grade levels.

All Virtual School Programs are suitable for educators who are teaching in a classroom and/or for educators who are teaching online.

There are three types of Virtual School programs to choose from:

  1. One 30-minute live program prepared and delivered by TELUS World of Science – Edmonton School Program Specialists.
  2. A series of four 30-minute live programs, for more in-depth discovery.
  3. Pre-recorded tutorials, featuring a Build Project that allows students to work through the project at their own pace – either completing the project at once or in smaller chunks across days or weeks.

As online learning becomes the norm, our Education Team understands that the way teachers deliver the curriculum has also evolved. For some school boards, specific curriculum connections are to be taught at specific times of year. Below are is a selection of featured Virtual School Programs that cover topics being taught in January and February.

Book these Virtual School Programs for January and February:

Chem Squad: (A series of 4 x 30-min live sessions)

Adapted from the in-person version, this program puts your students into the shoes of an emergency response team attempting to identify a mystery chemical spill. Part of what makes this program so much fun in-person is testing the chemicals, so when you book this program you will receive a kit in the mail, including the mystery chemical (citric acid) and all the tools needed to test the chemicals from the comfort of your own classroom or home. Now, this program does require some prep by you, the teacher – but it is definitely worth it for the amount of hands-on time the students will enjoy.

Lockbox Logic: (One 30-min live program)

In this program students will tap into their problem-solving skills as they navigate through a number of puzzles, in order to repair a their time machine and return home. Think virtual escape room for students! The puzzles are challenging and encourage students to work together to brainstorm solutions. All that’s required by you, the teacher, is some time at the photocopier.

Electric Car Garage and Come Fly with Me: (Pre-recorded tutorials)

These are two of our most popular programs, and now you and your students can enjoy them from your classroom or home! Both Electric Car Garage and Come Fly with Me require students to put their production skills to the test, as they follow along to step-by-step (pre-recorded) tutorials. Each tutorial will guide them through the building process. As for materials, we ship everything you need for this project directly to you, plus grant access to the tutorial videos for two weeks. The best part: this format offers lots of flexibility to accommodate for unexpected changes in schedules or absences – you and your students set the pace!

Browse all Virtual School Programs

All Virtual School Programs are suitable for educators who are teaching in a classroom and/or for educators who are teaching online. All of them based on the Alberta curriculum and available across all Grade levels.

We’re here to support you!

This is a year of uncertainty, but we’re here to help. If you have any questions about any of the new Virtual School Programs or anything else about the science centre, please reach out to Andrea Brickwood, Director of Education, at abrickwood@twose.ca.

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