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The word science, derived from the Latin word for 'knowledge" is a systematic study that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. Science can also refer to the body of knowledge that can be rationally explained and reliably applied. The study of science not only refers to the knowledge itself, but also to a way of pursuing knowledge. Science is restricted to those branches of study that seek to explain the phenomena of the natural and human made universe. OPEN NH courses in the sciences deal with content, concept, process, as well as the supporting pedagogy necessary to teach them effectively.
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Courses and Descriptions


SC-01 Science 2.0: Using Web Tools to Promote Inquiry Based Science

In this course, participants will explore the use of online resources to enhance inquiry-based teaching and learning in science. Over the course of this seven unit course, participants will become familiar with science-themed websites, online collaborative projects, science blogs and wikis, and the mapping applications Google Maps and Google Earth. Considerable attention is paid to helping participants identify ways that they can integrate these tools into their practice, and thus enrich their students’ engagement with science content. Promoting scientific inquiry is a central theme, and serves as a lens for this course. Participants consider the issue of assessment, specifically as it relates to inquiry and the use of online tools, later in the course. As a final project, participants develop plans for an inquiry-based science lesson that uses an Internet-based data source.
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SC-02 Designing a Virtual Field Trip in Science

This course will enable teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to use Internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for their students. Participants will become familiar with the strategies and resources that educators use to design these field trips, as well as tips and tricks to ensure their success. By the end of the course, participants will have designed effective and engaging virtual field trips for their students that are aligned to state and national standards.
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SC-03 Transforming the Classroom with Project Based Learning in Science

This course is designed to familiarize participants with the principles of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout this six-week course, exemplary projects will be analyzed, critiqued, and evaluated for applicability to participants' classroom needs. Participants will gain hands on experience using software tools to support the planning and execution of projects, and develop collaborative, inquiry-based projects that support their curricular goals. Participants will learn to blend PBL and standards-based design strategies to create curriculum units that enhance student learning at all grade levels and subject areas. Each participant will leave the online course with preliminary plans for a PBL project.
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SC-04 Differentiating Instruction to Accommodate Learning Styles in Science

Addressing the individual learning styles of students can be a challenge for teachers. The World Wide Web contains a vast number of resources to assist teachers in understanding and planning for the different avenues through which students learn best. Suitable for participants of all grade levels and subject areas, this course will review a range of web sites providing information about learning theory related to learning styles and multiple intelligences, as well as resources to assist teachers in both identifying students' learning styles and intelligences and engaging students in activities which best suit those styles and intelligences. Participants will become familiar with teaching strategies and tools targeted for each learning style and intelligence and develop a preliminary lesson plan using those strategies and tools.
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SC-05 Matter and Energy: Basic Concepts of Science Literacy 1

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the nature of the matter and energy from which the universe is made. These concepts are basic to the development of science literacy in both teachers and students alike. Throughout this seven-week course, you will explore and discuss the meaning of the fundamental concepts necessary for literacy in science. The course will increase foundational knowledge and understanding of the nature of science, Newton’s laws of motion, energy, atoms and bonding, and quantum mechanics. Video from Annenberg Media ( will be used to enhance the content. You will be facilitated through an inquiry-based approach to learning as you explore web sites and online tutorials to uncover concepts. The course is appropriate for educators of all positions and grade levels. This course is the first in a series of three courses based on “Science Matters: Achieving Science Literacy” by Robert Hazen and James Trefil (Anchor, 1991).
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SC-06 Next Generation Science: Concepts in Earth Space Science

The Next Generation Science Standards provide an important opportunity for educators not only to improve the science education of our students, but also the achievement of our students. The standards represent conceptual shifts that move the vision of science education towards scientific practice and cross cutting concepts in order to deepen the understanding of the disciplinary core ideas that comprise the individual science domains. In this course, you will explore the important concepts that are form the disciplinary core ideas of Earth and Space Science. You will become familiar with these concepts and the performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards so that you can more effectively provide your students with opportunities to achieve competency in them. As you explore the standards and the expectations for learning at each core idea, you will begin to think of assessments and activities that will engage your students and enhance their learning experiences. As a final project, you will develop a lesson plan that you can use with your students that provides them with the experience and practice they need to be competent in a standard of your choice.
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SC-08 Understanding the Science of Life: Characteristics, Classification, and Cycles

How would you answer the question: “What is life?” In the last decade there have been major exciting advances in our knowledge of life and living things. Essential Life Science for K-6 Teachers focuses on helping teachers build their understandings of both the fundamental life science concepts and fascinating new information. . This course provides background Life Science information for K-6 teachers as well as any teacher wishing to learn about these new Life Science understandings. Participants will use a combination of video, readings, reflection and online discussion during the seven weeks of the course. Topics covered in this course include: What is Life?; Classification; Animal and Plant Life Cycles. There is a companion course: Understanding the Science of Life: Communities, Ecosystems, and Natural Selection which includes the topics of Natural Selection; Evolution; Energy Flow in Communities; and Material Cycles in Ecosystems.
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SC-09 Understanding the Science of Life: Communities, Ecosystems, and Natural Selection

This course is designed for K-6 teacher and others wanting to see Life Sciences developments in the last ten years. This online course explores the following areas: Natural Selection; Evolution; Energy Flow in Communities; and Material Cycles in Ecosystems. It surveys the process of evolution and the importance of variations in natural selection, shows how energy flows in communities and reviews how material cycles within ecosystems. The course also allows participants to develop their own science unit lesson. This course serves as a companion to Understanding the Science of Life: Characteristics, Classification, and Cycles. Each course offers unique and important material enhancing your knowledge about the Fundamentals of Life and Living Things.
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SC-11 Teaching Electricity and Circuits Through Inquiry

Participants in this course will learn about the science behind electric circuits and how this content can be taught through inquiry. The course will help teachers gain a better understanding of electricity and circuits, including conducting and insulating materials, open and closed circuits, and series and parallel circuits. You will learn numerous inquiry-based teaching strategies throughout the course. You will also consider inquiry-based methods to introduce the content to your students, and you will enhance your questioning techniques to help your students make predictions about the content. Participants will also learn strategies for managing inquiry-based lessons in the classroom and tools for assessing students’ understanding of the content. Through completion of a final project, you will demonstrate much of what you learned about the content and teaching methods described above.
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Science Courses in Development

SC-06 Next Generation Science: Concepts in Earth Space Science

This course will focus on the concepts in Earth Space Science that are covered in the Next Generation Science Standards. Complete description is under development.
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SC-07 Next Generation Science: Concepts in the Physical Sciences

This course will focus on the concepts in the Physical Sciences that are covered in the Next Generation Science Standards. Complete description is under development.
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SC-10 Next Generation Science: Concepts in the Life Sciences

This course will focus on the concepts in the Life Sciences that are covered in the Next Generation Science Standards. Complete description is under development.
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Online Course Model

Online Course Orientation
All OPEN NH courses begin with an optional face-to-face orientation, allowing participants to become familiar with course login procedures and overall course requirements. Orientation to the course continues online during the first week, so that participants become familiar with course expectations and get acquainted with their instructor and fellow classmates.

Online Content and Practice
Following the orientation, courses continue for six weeks, emphasizing theory-to-practice applications. Course work includes online discussions, reflections, readings, and projects. Course participants receive a certificate of participation that may be applied to their individual professional development plans.

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Course Offerings
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Course Content
Course syllabi are available online to review. The link to the syllabus is available under the course description in each course category. You can also view the complete list of course syllabi links on the Course Syllabus Page.


Self Paced Tutorials

On Your Own e-Learning
While our regular course registration fee is $130, we also offer self-paced tutorials at even lower cost. These tutorials have an assessment component and will earn you professional development CEUs after successful completion. District cohort deals are also available. View the full list of available tutorials and all the details about them on the Self Paced Tutorials Page.

NH Department of Education Tutorials
The New Hampshire Department of Education is committed to providing guidance and service to schools and districts. OPEN NH offers free online tutorials that support NHDOE initiatives and programs.

Institutes in a Box
As part of the NH Digital Resources Consortium, OPEN NH is hosting the online workshops and Institutes.

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Conservation Education
As part of the NH Environmental Literacy Plan implementation, OPEN NH is hosting freely accessible tutorials on Conservation Education.

Free Tutorials
There are also free tutorials available, which do not earn CEUs. These will help introduce you to the online learning environment and introduce you to our course model and content. Click on the Moodle Course Login link in the Upper Right hand corner and select "Self Paced Tutorials".



Last updated March 26, 2018