Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Title of course:  Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections

Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections


The Science Media Group (SMG) was founded by Dr. Matthew H. Schneps at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) to investigate new ways to use television and computer media to communicate science to the public at large. A part of the CfA's Science Education Department, the SMG has grounded its work in state-of-the-art science education research.

One of the most recent SMG productions was Physics for the 21st Century—a course for high school physics teachers and undergraduate students exploring the frontiers of physics. Another recent SMG production was The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science—a course for high school teachers and undergraduate students in environmental science. Created in partnership with the Harvard University Center for the Environment and Annenberg Media, The Habitable Planet received the 2010 AAAS Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE). Other pioneering works created by the SMG are videos, such as A Private Universe, influential in shaping education reform worldwide; television programs, such as the PBS series Minds of Our Own, designed to alert the public to issues of science learning; and television, museum, Internet, and computer materials for children, parents, and teachers.

Project Development

Executive Director
Matthew H. Schneps
Executive Producer
Alex Griswold
Project Manager
Kelly E. Cramer
Project Administrator
Linda P. Williamson

Series Credits

Course Content Developers
Dr. Kurt Fischer
Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
Dr. Matthew H. Schneps
Alden S. Blodget
Dr. Matthew H. Schneps, Unit 4
Sidebar Contributing Writers
Dr. Joanna A. Christodoulou
Dr. M. Diane Clark
Dr. Kurt Fischer
Catherine Glennon
Dr. Matthew H. Schneps
Lysandra Sinclaire-Harding
Zachary Stein
Julia Volkman
Course Evaluation
Eric Baylin
Karen Brody
Buffy Cushman-Patz
Andrea Darby
Tara Emery
Leigh Jenkins
Michael Kennedy
Christine Martin
Brain Mulvehill
Bernadine Okoro
Staci Richard
Nancy Spillane
Timothy Spuck
Michelle Sullivan
Meg Town
Julia Volkman
Sue Whitsett
David Youngblut
Coleman Zeigan
Project Advisors
Nancy Finkelstein
Bruce Gregory
Amanda Heffner-Wong
Michelle Sullivan
Julia Volkman

Website/Interactive Labs

Michelle Hardy Kennedy
Aladdin Ibrahim
Shira Fruchtman
Michelle Hardy Kennedy
Copy Editor
Linda Walsh
Production Assistant
Chandana Jasti
Interactive Development
Don Button, Programmer
Juliet Jacobson, Designer
Reaction Time
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Advisor
Measuring Learning
Esben R. Thomasen Baek, Production Assistant
Chen Chen, Production Assistant
Dr. Marc Pomplun, Advisor
Dr. Matthew H. Schneps, Advisor
Photo Credits: NASA, Daniel Pickar, Nada Attar, Chen Chen

Course Guide

Alden S. Blodget
Teacher Review
Nancy Finkelstein
Copy Editor
Linda Walsh

Video Production (see individual video credits for more detailed roles in each production)

Senior Producer, Videographer
Clive Grainger
Producer, Videographer
Tobias McElheny
Senior Editor, Producer, Videographer
Steven J. Allardi
Oren Bendavid-Val
Neal Duffy
Keri Green
Assistant Editor, Sound Mixer
Molly Wasser
Online Editor
Maria Kobrina
Clayton Ellis
Ben Cosgrove
Additional Music
Caleb Epps
Alison Plante/Treble Cove Music
Margaret Somody
Grace Hewett
Ruthann Hewett


It Has to Make Sense
Mind, Brain, and Education
Unit 1:
A Brief History of Neuroscience
Tools of Neuroscience: MRI/FMRI; EEG; MEG
Reading a Word
Brooke's Story
Nico's Story
A Tale of Two Cases: Brooke and Nico
Unit 2:
Measuring Emotional Response to Physics
Good Idea?
Emotion in Math
Depth of Field
Emotion and Cognition: A Neuroscientist's Perspective
Unit 3:
Music and Emotion; Peer Mentoring
Using Emotional Content in the History Classroom
Unit 4:
Warm Jackets Generate Heat?
Turning Tables at Gallaudet University: What is "Normal"?
Success Story: Dr. Stephen Shore
Attention and Magic
Working Memory and Attention
Implicit Learning
Success Story: Dr. Alexander Goldowsky
Success Story: Dr. Todd Rose
Success Story: Kent Sinclair
Success Story: Dr. Temple Grandin
Reading with Half a Brain
Unit 5:
Dynamic Skill Development
DiscoTests: A New Approach to Assessment
Johanna and Her Mother; Scaffolding: Johanna and Her Mother with Commentary
Unit 6:
Emotional Connections in Math and Science
Engaging Native Alaskan Students
The Montessori Approach; Montessori and Dynamic Skill Theory
Technology for Every Student?
Perspective Shifting in Math
Students Think for Themselves



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