Recommending Web Resources to Science Educators

Marie A. Bienkowski

We are working on a system to support a community of science educators (Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers) and science education stakeholders in improving science education in part through the use of Web resources. We are establishing a web site called Science Forum that will provide the technology supports needed to create a community of science educators. We are planning to add value to site users through the use of a recommendation system and face unique challenges with this special population. Science educators require a very low cost of entry, precise recommendations targetted to specific curriculum goals, connections to a community of like-minded educators whose judgements they value, and support for archiving their reflections on their implementation of a lesson using a Web resource.

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