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Thursday, July 12 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Phenomenon-based Learning Using Museum Objects

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Natural History Museum of Utah educators will introduce participants to Research Quest - a free suite of online investigations - to demonstrate how middle school teachers can engage their students in some of the most intriguing mysteries of our time, robust debate about current research, and developing explanations and arguments to explain their ideas - all while using 3D technology to access many of the museum's rich fossil resources. Participants will learn how to use Research Quest to support collaborative student work to gather empirical data by making quantitative and qualitative observations of real fossils with modeling and guidance from one of the museum's award winning scientists. We'll also discuss strategies for making student thinking visible as students move from using intuitive to increasingly complex critical thinking skills. These strategies provide important supports to guide students as they weigh the quality and strength of their evidence and use that evidence to develop their explanations and construct arguments. Participants will receive supporting materials designed for the classroom teacher and their students - including learning assessment tools for both.

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Madlyn Runburg

Director of Education Initiatives, Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah
Madlyn Runburg is the Director of Education Initiatives at NHMU. Runburg has a M.A. in Education from Northern Arizona University and more than two decades of experience working on innovative programs and approaches to using informal/museum resources to support K-12 teachers and students... Read More →

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McKenna Lane

Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
I love talking to teachers and other educators about my work designing learning experiences that promote collaboration and the development of critical thinking skills.

Thursday July 12, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm MDT
Education Building, Room 339 Southern Utah University, 351 West Center Street, Cedar City, UT 84720