EcoBeaker: Maine ExplorerTM, the software portion of EcoScienceWorks, can be found in the Applications folder of all Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) middle school student and teacher laptops.
This software was developed with the help of Maine middle school science teachers and thoroughly field tested in Maine classrooms. The software is at the heart of the EcoScienceWorks curriculum written by Maine middle school science teachers. The curriculum includes unit and lesson plans for each EcoBeaker: Maine ExplorerTM lab as well as an accompanying field exercise. Each curriculum unit includes assessments that align with the new Maine learning standards and is designed to be used "right out of the box." The EcoScienceWorks curriculum can be obtained at the software developer's site following a simple registration (link below). Registering will allow teachers to be advised of any updates to the software and the curriculum.
To obtain the EcoScienceWorks curriculum, go to the Teacher Page at http://www.simbio.com/Maine and fill out the registration form. The curriculum is downloadable in two formats 1) as a NoteShare Notebook that includes a Student NoteShare Notebook that allows digital submission of student worksheets and, 2) as a Web Notebook (without a Student Notebook) for teachers who choose not to use NoteShare.
Teachers can obtain support for the curriculum in various ways.
If you would like to know more about the EcoBeaker: Maine ExplorerTM labs check out our podcasts at Maine Department of Education's iTunes U site.
If you do not have iTunes, it is available from Apple.
EcoBeakerTM and EcoBeaker HSTM are trademarks of SimBiotic Software