Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections consists of six units, with an introduction and a conclusion. Each unit contains many integrated videos—more than 40 in total—and sidebars of additional information, as well as a list of resources. Additionally, there are two interactive lab activities that give users a flavor of what it is like to participate in a neuroscience experiment. Participants are encouraged to "talk to each other" through the Teacher Talk portal—a moderated discussion board where teachers can post messages about course concepts and how they can be applied to classroom practices. A Course Guide, with discussion questions and exercises, is provided in a downloadable PDF document. Graduate credit is also available for those who choose it.
In keeping with the philosophy of learning being advocated in the course, the Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections website allows individuals access to content from a variety of directions. The main content is delivered through an online textbook, which includes embedded links to videos, sidebars, visuals, graphics, and glossary terms. Users can navigate the course in a traditional manner, approaching the text one unit at a time and working their way through the content systematically. However, each component of the course is also designed to stand alone. You do not need to use all of the materials or access the materials in any particular order. If you are interested in a particular topic, you can jump in at your point of interest. Users can search the site for topics of interest in three ways: a traditional key word search, a visual search (Dynamic Content Map), and by "Top Teaching Issues."
The units provide core content reading. A downloadable PDF of the text is also available.
There are more than 40 videos embedded in the text throughout the site. The videos delve into core content areas and extend and deepen content that are explored in the unit text, challenging the viewer's preconceived ideas.
Photographs and other graphics from the text and videos are compiled separately and can be searched by unit or visual type.
The glossary includes important terms and concepts from the text. It is searchable alphabetically or by unit.
Two activities allow users to participate in actual neuroscience research.
The Course Guide is a companion to the online text, and is intended to be used by a facilitator running an on-site professional development course for teachers.
Participants are encouraged to "talk to one another" through the Teacher Talk portal, where they can share ideas, discuss course concepts, and talk about best practices.
Users can search the site for topics of interest in three ways: a traditional key word search, a visual search (Dynamic Content Map), and by "Top Teaching Issues."