weSPOT at NSTA Conference 2014 - 30,000 attendees


Alexandra Okada, Wednesday 30 April 2014 | Annotate

The NSTA conference is one of the most important events in Science Education in the EUA, which offers the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand the professional growth of science educators.  This event attracts over 30,000 attendees annually.


Ale Okada and Tony Sherborne from Sheffield Hallam University run a workshop together entitled Authentic Enquiry: Raise Motivation and Results with Real Science. Our aim was to discuss with teachers how to turn traditional topics into scientific adventures that inspire students, instil scientific thinking, and improve test scores. This was based on a highly successful UK middle school curriculum Science UPd8 project sponsored by the Association for Science Education in the UK.

During this workshop science teachers were also introduced to two European Projects in Enquiry based Learning: TEMI ‚Äď Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries Incorporated website: http://www.teachingmysteries.eu/ weSPOT ‚Äď Working¬†Environment with¬†Social and¬†Personal¬†Open¬†Tools for Enquiry based learning website: http://portal.ou.nl/web/wespot


Five key features of  WeSPOT were presented : 1. Social networking    2. Enquiry workflow 3. Mobile data collection 4. Learning  Analytics 5. Knowledge Maps

NSTA 2014 was held in Boston on  the first week of April. Workshops were organised across four strands:

  • Science and Literacy: A Symbiotic Relationship