This Help page will assist you with questions you may encounter while using the Teachers TryScience web site. If you are unable to find the answer here, please Contact Us.
Benefits of Registration
Registering on the Teachers TryScience web site, gives you the options to Create Lesson Plans, Share Teaching Strategies, and join Groups. You can also save, bookmark and store content that is of interest to you in your own personal “Tool Box.”
Adding Content to the TryScience Teachers web site
Create a Lesson Plan
In a simple step through process you can Create a Lesson Plan by completing an online form with the following information:
- Lesson Plan "At-a-Glance"
- Goals, Objectives, Prerequisites
- Background Information
- External Resources
- Assessments and Rubrics
You should prepare your content ahead of time as you will need to cut and paste it into the Lesson Plan form. You should also compile any photos, video or other necessary support materials for uploading.
Add Resources (Attachments)
After creating a Lesson Plan you will be able to add support materials known as Resources. Resources are uploaded using a simple form. As you upload a resource you will select one or more sections of the Lesson Plan that you wish to have the resource appear adjacent to. All the Lesson Plan’s resources also appear in the “Resources” tab next to the Lesson Plan tab.
Acceptable file types include: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, txt, doc, docx, xls, pdf, ppt, pptx, pps, flv, odt, ods, odp, mp3, mov, m4v, m4a, mp4, mpeg, avi, ogg, wmv, ico
While creating your Lesson Plan you may decide to add one or more of the associated set of state or country standards. This is a two-step process. First cut and paste your standards documentation into the Standards section of the Lesson Plan form. Repeat this step for all of the State and Country standards you wish to associate with your Lesson Plan. Second, decide which of those standards you wish to display by selecting the state or country from the drop down menu. The second step is only applicable, if you have input more than one set of standards.
Create Teaching Strategies
The Teaching Strategies page is a compilation of user-contributed content intended to help teachers practice and master new inquiry-based instructional approaches. You can share your Teaching Strategies by uploading them onto this page.
Editing your content on the TryScience Teachers web site
My Tool Box
My Tool Box is a repository of your saved Lesson Plans, Teaching Strategies, and Groups. It also stores links to any content you have bookmarked allowing you quick access to your site content, interests and communities. Selecting content from your Tool Box directs you to the content detail page where you can share, make comments, print, email and, or edit the page.
From your profile page you can access your Lesson Plans, Teaching Strategies and Groups. Select the content you wish edit and you will be directed to its detail page. From your Profile page, you are also able to update your profile and account information.
Saving Content from other Teachers
As a registered user you are able to bookmark other teachers’ Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies by selecting the “Add to my toolbox” links. Once an item is saved in your Tool Box, you can later remove it by selecting the “Unbookmark” link.
Teachers TryScience Community
Groups are a great way to learn, share, and meet like-minded people within the Teachers TryScience Community.
Join a Group
There are many Groups to join on the Teachers TryScience web site. Go to the Groups page to select a group of interest and request group membership. As a group member you will be able to access shared content, view group members and initiate and participate in group discussions.
Create a Group
If you would like to form your own group and invite people with similar interests to join go to the “Groups” page and select the option to Create a Group!