Cosmos in the Classroom
"Cosmos in the Classroom 2010"
Proceedings Being Published (in CD Format)
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific announces the publication of the papers, handouts, and resources from the national conference on teaching introductory astronomy held last summer at the University of Colorado. The 350-page proceedings include 80 contributions from more than 100 authors (including many of the key leaders in astronomy teaching and education research.)
Edited by Andrew Fraknoi, the volume is being published as a handy CD, which allows you to view and print any or all of the sections as you need them. The materials included will be of help to both novice and veteran instructors seeking to improve or vary their teaching techniques. Some of the highlights of the proceedings include:
- Questions to Ask on the First Day of Astronomy 101
- The Development of a Solar System Concept Inventory
- Tips for Successful Clicker Use
- A Guide to Teaching Your FirstAstro 101 Course (19 p.)
- Think-Pair-Share, Lecture-Tutorials, Ranking Tasks and Other Techniques for Engaging Students
- Tricks for Effective Classroom Management
- On-line Homework/Tutorial Systems and Other Tools
- A New Course in Cultural Astronomy
- Understanding and Debunking Doomsday 2012
- Resources for Connecting Astronomy with Other Fields
- Harnessing the Power of Web 2.0
- The Origin of the Drake Equation (by Frank Drake)
- How to Create a Podcast or Vodcast
- What to Leave Out of Astronomy 101
- The Challenge of Constructing Student Learning Outcomes.
The cost of the proceedings is$24.95 plus shipping and handling.
To order through the Society's on-line AstroShop, go to:
For the full table of contents, see: