Workshops

1. Teaching Learning: Improved Performance by Enhanced Student Learning Strategies.
Cosponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Sun., 18 May, 1–5 p.m. US$35. Max: 30.
Karl Wirth, Macalester College; David McConnell, North Carolina State Univ.
The workshop will focus on new strategies to address motivation and metacognition in earth-science courses to promote better learning at all levels and in all courses. Workshop activities will include presentations and discussions to help you use these strategies in your own courses.
2. Making and Interpreting Geologic Maps with Mobile Devices and Google Earth.
Sun., 18 May, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. US$50. Max: 20.
Principal Organizer: Heather Almquist, Univ. of Montana, .
Co-organizers: Lisa Blank, Univ. of Montana; Jeffery Crews, SpatialSci Inc.; Dean Phillips, Beyond the Chalk LLC.
Map making and map interpretation are core geoscience skills that all students should experience. Combining rock strata and landscapes in the Google Earth environment can help students visualize key aspects of Earth’s history, including the geologic time scale and geologic processes that have changed Earth’s surface over various time scales. In addition, hand-held devices and new online tools can now be incorporated in the field to enhance student motivation and understanding. In this workshop, pre-service and in-service middle school and high school geoscience teachers are invited to learn how to implement geologic mapping activities tied to the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants should bring their own laptops and smart phones. Online resources will be made available for future use. OPI renewal units will be available for in-service Montana teachers.
3. Science Communication Workshop.
Mon., 19 May, 8–11:30 a.m. US$15. Max: 30.
Christa Stratton, The Geological Society of America, .
Scientist-communicators who can present messages clearly and foster respect between science and the lay public are essential for true public engagement with critical scientific issues, but traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists to be effective public communicators. This workshop, modeled after an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) training course, will give you guidance on how to hone your public communication and outreach skills and the opportunity to practice in a safe and comfortable setting. Continental breakfast included.
4. GSA Geoscience Career Program Workshop.
Mon., 19 May, 2–5 p.m. Max: 30.
Free — must register to attend. Jennifer Nocerino, The Geological Society of America, .
Are you about to embark on the search for a job? Or are you currently in the job market and want in increase your chances? Would you like some feedback on your résumé and some pointers on approaching your interview? The new GSA Geoscience Career Program Workshop is designed to help you begin this process. We will discuss cover letters, CVs/resumes, job hunting skills, and job market statistics.

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