Astronomy Webinars

Pearson’s Astronomy webinars offer professional development opportunities for educators. Learn more about the sessions below, and read about the speakers on our Physical Sciences page.

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Educators who participate in a live webinar will have the opportunity to earn Acclaim professional development badges. For select webinars, Acclaim badges are available for participants who satisfactorily complete a webinar. Learn more about digital badges.

On-Demand

Eclipse 2017!

Dr. Jeff Bennett

Where will you be on Monday, August 21, 2017? This is the date of the “Great American Eclipse,” when the path of totality will go coast-to-coast across the United States. In this webinar, we’ll discuss what you can see, where you may want to go for best viewing, and why this eclipse is such a great opportunity to generate student and public interest in astronomy, as well as in science in general.

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Strategies for Teaching Science

Dr. Jeff Bennett

What does it take to be a successful science teacher? In this presentation, I’ll focus on the idea that the key to success lies in finding ways to get students to put in the study and effort necessary for true learning. Following a brief introduction on teaching philosophy, I’ll provide concrete examples of principles and strategies that should help in your teaching, regardless of the particular science subject, grade level, or number of students you teach.

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Learning More Astronomy in Every Class Using Lecture-Tutorials

Dr. Edward Prather, University of Arizona

Every year tens of thousands of students learn how to think like an astronomer by engaging in small-group discussions guided by Lecture-Tutorials. In this session you will learn about how to successfully bring these active-learning strategies into your classroom. Whether it’s a large enrollment lecture course, a hybrid or flipped classroom, a lab or a recitation session, Lecture-Tutorials have been successfully implemented into hundreds of courses across the US and have been shown to significantly increase learners’ discipline literacy and enjoyment of learning astronomy.

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