Stem Education in 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Brianna, has some general observations about STEM education in 2020: Stem Education in 2020. The essential component in 2020 is a T-part of STEM – Technology. A growing focus of schools is STEM.

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16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

Note: This doesn’t discuss the policy issues involving meals, access, and equity but is meant to get you started and prepared. If your school is closed due to the virus, you can apply for free access to the BrainPop videos to use at your school.

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10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

In this session, we’ll share where we are now, emotional trauma and learning, how effective distance learning compares to face to face learning, how to take your class online, accessibility and equity, assessment, and project-based learning.

2020 Vision (revisited)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Since it’s now 2020, I thought it would be fun to revisit Karl Fisch’s video from 2006, titled 2020 Vision. In that video, Karl imagines he is the commencement speaker for the Arapahoe High School (AHS) Class of 2020, reflecting back on the past 13 years of schooling for that cohort.

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) ensures that lessons are accessible for every student. The What, Why, and How of Universal Design for Learning is a course that will help you make your online lessons and blended classrooms accessible to all learners.

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How Kids Can Design in AR and VR with Robert Kalman

The CoolCatTeacher

All Subjects Augmented Reality Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gifted Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation IT Coaches and Directors Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) STEM Teachers Tech Tips Tools Web Tools Wonderful Classroom Wednesday

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals.

My Educational Learning Plan for the Coronavirus-Induced Hiatus

User Generated Education

Working Remotely with My Gifted Elementary Students. I believe there will be a small fee to access it.

15 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

Age group: Upper elementary, middle and high school. Age group: Upper elementary. Instructions are both written and audio, making them accessible to lots of learners. Age group: Upper elementary, middle and high school.

How One Teacher Found Innovative Solutions to ELL Issues

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the decades I have added both Educational Technology and TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) endorsements to my elementary teaching certificate. With Internet access we have also used Google Docs, or online versions of Microsoft Office products Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. .

Navigating Your Journey to Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Distance and virtual are appropriate where all kids have access to a device and the Internet. The district distributed 1,300 Chromebooks to its middle school students and decided to pay $4,600 to provide wireless access for any student who didn’t have it at home. “We

Three Examples: Elementary Charters Instructing Young Children at a Distance


To wrap up this unusual National Charter Schools Week , we have been thinking about some of our youngest and most vulnerable learners: students attending elementary grades. Without digital resources, some students have more access to their teachers—in all subjects—than other students.

Guest Post: How to provide a successful remote learning experience during school closures


When teaching online during school closures , remember that each student has a different level of remote access – some might have a laptop, others might only be able to access the internet on their phones.

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Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

More than half of those surveyed teach in public schools (66 percent) and more than half are elementary school teachers (60 percent). If digital access is a challenge, check out these practical ideas that can be implemented without any tech.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa.

Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past two years, I have been blessed to partner with District 205 in Elmhurst, IL.

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How to Prevent the Summer Slide and Help Reduce Educational Inequality


That way, every student has access to resources that can help them retain knowledge over the summer. 8] Before school gets out for the summer, connect parents with guided reading activities and summer learning programs for elementary students.

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Free access to Mackin’s Distance learning solution

eSchool News

Macking one of the world’s largest providers of print books, ebooks, audiobooks, and video is offering access to its ebook library and distance learning content for free. Elementary School. Free titles are only available to download through June 30, 2020.

What are the benefits of investing in online education?


Technological advancements, access to the internet, and improvement in communication technologies have equipped schools and teachers alike with the much-needed tools to effectively conduct online learning.

Schools on a screen: One tech-savvy school district has lessons for others going online

The Hechinger Report

Students have been able to access a much wider range of texts, materials and tools than the schools could physically stock in classrooms. The book also includes QR codes that parents can scan for access to pointers on helping their child, educational songs and other materials.

12 of the Best School and Classroom Grants and How to Apply: A Guide for Educators


As schools adapt to teaching in these new circumstances, many educators are in need of resources to make their lessons accessible online. For more in-depth information, check out our full Foundations and Grants Guide 2020.

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Every student needs summer school this year to combat coronavirus learning loss

The Hechinger Report

Rising fourth graders listen as a teacher reads a book at an elementary school summer program in Silver Spring, MD. We must continue to provide access to software, online libraries and educational videos.

Improve Student Engagement and Learning with Technology Coaching

Digital Promise

When technology makes information more accessible, students are more engaged. At Anza Elementary School in El Cajon, California, a teacher credited her DLP coach for making her “more comfortable letting students choose…how they wanted to learn the information.”

Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well. Coronavirus closures gave many just days.

The Hechinger Report

Teachers are doing their best in an unprecedented and constantly changing situation, but the varying amount of training districts are providing has created a patchwork of quality and gaps in accessibility.

Personalized Learning in Action

A Principal's Reflections

Snow Horse Elementary was not one of them. I was pleasantly surprised to hear only a day later that these same teachers requested me to come back to Snow Horse Elementary while I was still in town to see what they had accomplished.

Diverse future of the Midwest has already arrived in one Iowan school

The Hechinger Report

And yet the immigrant experience is still an unusual one in Iowa — a state that holds enormous sway over the 2020 election but looks quite unlike the rest of the U.S. Public education is free and accessible to all,” Albright said when asked why all this work seemed necessary to her.

Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Ideally, Noguera said, kids would also have access to after school programming providing enrichment activities like art or robotics to balance out ramped-up instruction.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Blaney Elementary School in Elgin, S.C., on March 18, 2020. School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina. on April 10, 2020.

Innovation Study Tours Explore Equity in Diverse Settings

Digital Promise

Bessborough Drive Elementary and Middle School is a dynamic neighborhood school that uses technology predominately to redefine learning. With 1:1 computer access for grades 3–8, students engage in coding, inquiry-based learning, and critical thinking beginning with Kindergarten.

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Choice Boards 101: Strategies to Ensure Classroom, Professional, and Virtual Learning Success

A Principal's Reflections

My experience in this area began over three years ago, thanks to having the opportunity to coach teachers and administrators at Wells Elementary School. Typically, I only share the ones created by Wells (TX), Snow Horse (UT), and Corinth Elementary (MS) as well as Corinth Middle School.

Overcoming security and privacy concerns with e-learning


More students than ever before now have access to a quality education, no matter where they live. It’s important to note that those impressive numbers don’t include remote students at the elementary or high school level.

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SplashLearn - a game based learning program free for teachers and schools to use

Educational Technology Guy

SplashLearn stands with schools/districts affected with closure due to COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak : All educators have free access to SplashLearn with Home Access to enable remote learning.

Another way to quantify inequality inside colleges

The Hechinger Report

caption here Chart from "Understanding Equity Gaps in College Graduation," Urban Institute, January 2020. “ Understanding Equity Gaps in College Graduation ” was written by Erica Blom and Tomas Monarrez at the Urban Institute and published in January 2020.

Educators Share What’s Working in Distance Learning

MIND Research Institute

There is nothing black-and-white about how to best support our students and families,” said Dr. Barbara Adams, principal at Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, IA. May 5, 2020. March 31, 2020. March 31, 2020. March 31, 2020.

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Phones There are schools where many families may not have access to devices or Wi-Fi. Schools being closed is nothing new. There are spring and winter breaks. There are snow days. There is summer vacation. At these times teachers, schools, and districts may decide to give students homework packets with various activities. Parents need to figure out childcare.