FACILITATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL LEARNING WITH ADAPTABLE, SEARCHABLE, NGSS-ALIGNED CURRICULAR MATERIALS FROM INTEGRATE
In July of 2017, a team of experienced educators independently assessed the InTeGrate materials for alignment with the NGSS and coded each component of the materials with the relevant CCCs, DCIs, SEPs, as well as, where possible, performance expectations. Within this extensive collection, virtually all materials address elements from all three dimensions. As a result of the coding process, instructors interested in adopting InTeGrate materials can: (1) search and browse the InTeGrate materials by NGSS elements, such as a particular cross-cutting concept; (2) find activities that “bundle” elements from the three dimensions to create new performance expectations; and (3) see how to adapt the materials to fit their own classroom needs.
These curricular materials have already been tested and utilized in courses designed for pre-service teachers, including elementary and secondary methods courses, as well as introductory geoscience courses that fulfill General Education requirements. Assessment results from these implementations show greater learning gains in systems thinking with use of the InTeGrate materials over traditional materials. The new coding and search/browse functionality allow instructors to more purposefully select activities to align with the NGSS in their own classroom in a way that suits their needs.