Miscellaneous Information


What's New In Science Education?

As you know, the S.C. Science Curriculum Standards were approved and should now be on your desk, ready to reference! If you have not received a copy of the new science standards, please make sure you see your principal or district office personnel. This document was mailed by the State Department of Education in July to all schools and district offices.

This academic year is an adoption year for exemplary science materials. An Adoption Committee, comprised of teachers throughout the state, has been reviewing materials submitted by publishers in order to narrow the selection process. In early spring of 2001, the RPSEC and CSRA Hub will host a review workshop. This workshop will allow time for teachers to review exemplary materials among colleagues and publishing representatives.


Center of Excellence in Educational Technology Begins Year 4

The Center of Excellence in Educational Technology (CEET) is entering its fourth year. The Centers of Excellence program is sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The major goal of the Centers of Excellence program is to enhance the preparation of preservice teachers. There are now 13 centers across South Carolina including centers at Clemson, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Frances Marion, Furman, USC Columbia, USC Aiken, and Winthrop. Each Center focuses on a specific content area, therefore, the CEET focuses on the incorporation of educational technology. To meet the main goal of the Centers of Excellence program the CEET works with schools and colleges of education across the state.

This year, the CEET will hold two workshops for education faculty on how to incorporate educational technology. The CEET is sponsoring the Technology to Enrich Mathematics and Science (TEMS) program, for the third year, as an offering of the RPSEC student programs. The goal with this program is to offer educational technology to K-12 students and provide a hands-on environment for preservice teachers to work with students using technology.

A major focus of the CEET is also working with inservice teachers. Included here are graduate classes, the Mobile Instructional Computer Classroom (MICC) and a variety of workshop offerings. Dr. Gary Senn is the director of the CEET. Mr. John Hutchens is the Educational Technology Specialist and Dr. Thomas Smyth is the Director of Faculty Development.

CEET Home Page


Mobile Instructional Computer Classroom Available for Checkout

The Mobile Instructional Computer Classroom (MICC) is a classroom of 20 Macintosh PowerBook Computers. The MICC was funded by the RPSEC and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and is administered by the Center of Excellence in Educational Technology. The computers have the following software: ClarisWorks, HyperStudio, Museum Madness, Field Trip To the Sea, Out Numbered, Math Blaster Mystery, and Decisions Decisions the Environment. There is not a printer available to send with the MICC.

The MICC is available for checkout to all schools in the CSRA Hub of South Carolina.

If you have used the MICC in the past:

Please contact Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at 641-3769 or send email to rpsec@aiken.sc.edu by September 8. We will send you scheduling information. The workshop described below is optional since you have already attended one.

If you have NOT used the MICC in the past:

In order to use the MICC in your classroom, you must attend a workshop on how to use and care for the Macintosh PowerBook computers. A workshop is scheduled for Friday, September 8, 2000 from 4:30 - 5:30 and another for Tuesday, September 12 from 4:00 - 5:00. Please phone the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at 641-3769 or send email to rpsec@aiken.sc.edu by September 6, 2000 to reserve a spot in the workshop.


USCA's Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education

What are the advantages of being fully enrolled in the M.Ed. program?

One of our recent graduates stated: "I was exposed to a great variety of teaching methods and felt confident enough to experiment with new techniques in my classroom. I am a much better teacher after completing the M.Ed. program."

Opens up a variety of leadership opportunities in your chosen field Significant salary increase Pride of accomplishmen- Professional growt Will help you get ready for the National Board Certification should you choose to pursue it

Why should I pursue my M.Ed. degree at USCA?

One of our recent graduates stated: "The M.Ed. program was really outstanding. The commitment of the professors to further my knowledge in each area of education was positively wonderful. I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else and would advise any teacher to complete their master's degree at USCA."

Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Personal Attention

Quality of the program

Quality of instruction

For more information on the M.Ed. degree at USCA, contact Dr. Audrey Skrupskelis at 641-3240 or by email at audreys@aiken.sc.edu. You can also visit our web site at http://www.usca.sc.edu/MEd/M.Ed.html

USC-Aiken Home Page


August 2000 RPSEC Newsletter Index

RPSEC Newsletter Index

RPSEC Home Page

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Newsletter is a publication of the RPSEC for educators. The Center encompasses the CSRA HUB, CEET, Dupont Planetarium, and NRSMEEP. If you have any information that would be beneficical to the audience of this newsletter, or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Cindy Sparling, Editor, at (803) 641-3594. Deadline for submission in the next newsletter is Nov. 5, 2000

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Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
803-641-3313

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