The Internet provides ready access to a wide range of media that have the potential to greatly enhance instruction and learning in science. Yet, much of this content is not curated and may be of questionable accuracy. Teachers may be left with myriad decisions, and little time or preparation for making them. To promote next generation science learning, teachers need the ability to effectively select and use digital media that accurately present science concepts in authentic contexts and that are vetted for their grade-level appropriateness.
There is a need for PD focused on strategies for creating media-rich lessons using the frameworks of science system models, effectively using digital media (including video, simulations, interactive lessons and other digital tools and resources). The free PD being envisioned by WestEd, WGBH, New Teacher Center and KQED will facilitate teachers’ use of the digital learning to enhance their ability to deliver effective instruction in science.