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Teachers Get “Hands-on” with Science by Participating in Vernier Software & Technology’s Free Fall Workshops
 
Hands-on workshops in more than 40 cities show educators how to integrate data collection into the curriculum using the ‘LabQuest’ handheld

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 20, 2009 – Beginning in September, science teachers in 41 cities can sharpen their teaching and technology skills gain experience in making science instruction hands-on by attending one of Vernier Software & Technology’s free Fall workshops. These hands-on workshops provide skills for integrating data collection and analysis as a part of teaching core science topics.
Teaching science with probeware such as Vernier’s technology has been shown to increase teacher effectiveness and improve student test scores. The 2000 NAEP Science Assessment study showed that students who used probeware to collect and analyze data scored significantly higher on tests than those who did not.
During the 4-hour workshops, Vernier trainers and attendees will explore the many ways that data-collection technology can be used to teach important topics in to enhance learning in any chemistry, biology, physics, math, middle school science, physical science or Earth science .classroom Participants will learn how to collect data both in the lab and out in the field using the LabQuest, the most powerful and intuitive interface ever designed by Vernier, to create real-world science investigations.  In addition, participants can earn CEUs and science graduate credit hours by participating in the workshops.
According to David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher, “When teachers have the opportunity to get their hands on technology and conduct
investigations using probeware, they immediately see how transformative it can be for their students. Using data-collection technology, students are able to perform many new experiments with measurements not easily obtainable using more traditional methodologies.
Sessions are lead by current or former classroom science and math teachers.  Vernier’s group of 26 trainers together has 686 years of teaching experience and has won many prestigious awards. Collectively they have written more than 60 science books and lab manuals, including many published by Vernier. For more information about the workshops visit http://www.vernier.com/workshops
 
September Workshop Dates and Locations
September 9: Tulsa, OK
September 10: Oklahoma City, OK
September 12: Wichita, KS
September 14:  Topeka, KS
September 14: Fort Worth, TX
September 15: Dallas, TX
September 15: Kansas City, MO
September 16: Austin, TX
September 17: San Antonio, TX
September 19: Corpus Christi, TX
September 21: Houston, TX
September 22: Lincoln, NE
September 22: Houston, TX
September 23: Omaha, NE
September 24: Des Moines, IA
September 26: Minneapolis, MN
 
October Workshop Dates and Locations
October 1: Indianapolis, IN
October 3: Dayton, OH
October 3: Madison, WI
October 5: Columbus, OH
October 5: Milwaukee, WI
October 6: Chicago, IL
October 7: Cincinnati, OH
October 7: Chicago, IL
October 8: Lexington, KY
October 10: Charleston, WV
October 14: Grand Rapids, MI
October 15: Detroit, MI
October 17: Cleveland, OH
October 24: Pittsburgh, PA
October 24: San Jose, CA
October 26: San Francisco, CA
October 26: Erie, PA
October 27: Sacramento, CA
October 28: Buffalo, NY
October 29: Rochester, NY
 
November Workshop Dates and Locations
November 7: Portland, ME
November 9: Portsmouth, NH
November 10: Boston, MA
November 12: Worcester, MA
November 14: Providence, RI
 
 
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 28 years.  Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. Vernier’s technologies are in use worldwide in more than 125 countries. For more information visit www.vernier.com.
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