Welcome to the Science Education Community

Introducing New Noyce Scholars to MERLOT

What You'll Find Here

  1. Exciting online learning materials in MERLOT.
  2. Recommended Science and Math teaching resources, lesson plans, classroom management strategies, and advice with links to a wide range of additional Science and Math resources and materials.
  3. A variety of ways to connect with other Noyce Scholars and to teachers and university faculty who share your goals, challenges, and passions for Science and Math education.
  4. Information on how others are using virtual labs in their classrooms to:
    • Achieve curriculum objectives
    • Create exciting learning experiences for students
    • Reflect on effective classroom management strategies
    • Satisfy assessment and accreditation requirements
  5. Information about ePortfolios in the CSU and how to create your own ePortfolio using the MERLOT Content Builder tool available to all Noyce Scholars.
  6. ePortfolios created by other Noyce Scholars.

About MERLOT and the CSU Noyce Scholars Teaching Commons

The Noyce Scholars Teaching Commons:

  • Is a free, open educational resource dedicated to Science and Math that anyone can use.
  • Provides a collaborative space, supported by an online community of Science and Math educators, for teachers and students to share best practices and exchange ideas and resources.
  • Promotes the practical and tested use of virtual labs and digital learning materials to achieve Math and Science learning objectives in California's high need schools.
  • Is based on The Carnegie Foundation's model of "teaching commons."leads to an external page

About the Noyce Scholars Program

  • The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program seeks to encourage talented Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math majors and professionals to become K-12 Math and Science teachers and provides funding to support scholarships, stipends, and programs for students who commit to teaching in high-needs K-12 school districts.
  • The National Science Foundation's Noyce Scholars Program provides leaderships and support to help prepare future teachers to succeed in these high needs schools.
  • The CSU Noyce Scholars are dedicated to improving the quality of Science and Math education in California's high need schools through the use of online resources and materials.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program, through award 0735011 to the California State University.

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Join Noyce Voices Online Community leads to an external page

Noyce Voices is a FREE online communications network for Noyce Scholars in the CSU that provides opportunities to connect with other members 24/7:

  • Contribute to online discussion, blogs, or chats.
  • Post, share, exchange, and comment on documents and videos that can help you be a more successful teacher.
  • Get advice and information about Science and Math education in high need schools.
  • Share successes, ask questions, and pose problems and have Noyce colleagues respond.

Connect with Other Noyce Scholars

News and Events

  • Check out recent Noyce Scholars activities in the CSU.
  • Stay current with access to newsletters such as the:
  • MERLOT Grapevine leads to an external page
    about MERLOT people, projects, and innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning published quarterly.
  • NSDL Whiteboard Report leads to an external page
    that includes free information about NSDL projects and programs nationwide published bi-weekly.

Special Feature

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy contains over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments, with the majority in mathematics, and others covering topics ranging from biology, chemistry, and physics to finance, and history. Areas covered in mathematics include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus. Science areas covered include a wide range of topics in high school biology, physics, and chemistry (including AP), as well as organic chemistry and cosmology and astronomy.


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