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Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM can level up and it must begin to include underrepresented communities of women and minorities. Summer is a great time to learn how to do that as you prepare for fall and back to school. Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM.

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Stem Education in 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

A growing focus of schools is STEM. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Brianna, has some general observations about STEM education in 2020: Stem Education in 2020. People keen on mathematics, physics, or IT were awe-inspiring and seemed to have supernatural abilities. ” The world’s workforce lacked a lot of science specialists, that is why STEM education became more popular. So, what is STEM education? Early Childhood STEM Education.

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. Specifically, I’ll mention features of Screencastify , the tool I recommend for students to use for Google Chrome or Chromebooks. (If For their assessments this week in my class, my students are demonstrating the process they use to code their video games.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality.The entry period ends this week – Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e317. Laura: Hyperdocs are basically links that we provide for children to access different websites and articles that we want them to read. See Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers. Okay, so how do literacy task boards work in hyperdocs?

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How to Encourage Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom

Waterford

As an elementary school teacher, you may think your students are too young for discussions about gender. Here we’ll discuss what gender equality is, how it differs from gender equity, and why both gender equity and equality need to have a place in your curriculum. Then learn how to make your classroom a safe and welcoming place for all students. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of and find ways to affirm your students’ identities.[14]

FREE MATH FUN: The Matific Games are Here

The CoolCatTeacher

In this post, I’ll share about the Matific Math games, how to get started, and why Matific is so awesome. Along with being able to set multiple languages, each student can work at their own level through a personal playlist set by the teacher. And right now, you can sign up free to participate in the Matific Games. How Do the Matific Games Work? The goal is to finish with the highest average number of stars collected.

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Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Literature teachers are sure to be excited! You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. Browse or search the Owl Eyes library to see if your upcoming book is included. How Do Annotations Work? As the teacher, you can see and reply to their annotations within their book! How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes? As students read, you can assign questions to check for comprehension and point out important items.

iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? Want to help a student with a unique character spell their name? Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Matific is a fantastic site full of math manipulatives and customized playlists of activities to help students at every level master math. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Ward’s Science–So Many STEM Resources

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the most difficult skills to teach in school is problem solving. I can’t tell you how many kids–and parents–ask me, “How do I get an A.” We talk about what that means–problem solving, critical analysis, logical thinking–but often, that sounds hard to them–too hard. I don’t think schools can manage without coding and STEM. Nothing promotes these better than STEM. I found a partner in my STEM projects.

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Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

He also discusses how educators can join the innovators who are crafting and exploring this new education paradigm today. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e204. I have to give a hat tip to Dr. Lisa Durff, who is my research assistant. She saw Enrique present in Second Life recently about how we can really change things using Virtual Reality.

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10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Video and Infographic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers are moving from face to face classrooms to online classrooms quickly. Top online course designers who have also taught face to face tell us how. Here is the video and infographic to help you. Use the code COOL20 to receive 20% off your teacher professional development.

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Right now through August 31, 2017, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers – go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research. Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit. Enter the contest to win a copy of the book. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Why we should teach coding in elementary school

eSchool News

According to Steve Jobs, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”. Every student should have access to technology, whether it be computers, smartphones, or tablets because almost everything we do requires some form of programming. There are several advantages of learning to code in elementary school. Children are extremely eager to learn how to code.

How to build an engineer: Start young

The Hechinger Report

Aliah Corona and Dakkota Ryf, both 8 in this photo, check the force it takes to move a bag of potatoes six inches using wheels during their third-grade STEAM enrichment class at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, Washington. A few years ago, a young female engineer named Isis Anchalee was featured on one of her company’s recruiting posters only to be subjected to a barrage of digital feedback questioning whether she was really an engineer. They wanted to help them.

ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie calls this the ACE method of mentoring: Access, Collaboration and Experimentation. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e316. We’re going to talk about mentoring teachers with their use of technology through the Ace Mentorship Program. So accessAccess.

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The Big List of STEM Board Games

MIND Research Institute

When looking for the best STEM board games, I’m looking for games that are both. To me, fun means that players are making choices in the game, can choose their own strategy and explore an immersive world. Enjoy exploring STEM through board games with your family and/or students!

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6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

Teaching students t he importance of equity , access and culture is more important now than ever. Empowering young learners with resources that help them better understand and embrace the world around them while encouraging them to take full advantage of versatile learning resources, will be key to helping students re-engage this school year. . Spark career-driven STEM exploration with a searchable database of 1 5 0+ hands-on student activities.

Grit, Tenacity, Inclusion — Robotics Programs Teach Much More Than STEM Concepts

Edsurge

Growing increasingly interested in robotics, Kate and her sister tagged along to team meetings and were invited by the older students to join in the build. Kate Sample EdSurge: Not everyone has an engineer dad to support their passion for STEM.

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

Waterford

School funding issues have been both brought to light and exacerbated due to the COVID-19 crisis. As schools adapt to teaching in these new circumstances, many educators are in need of resources to make their lessons accessible online. In this article you’ll find a brief primer on what educational grants, along with a list of a few of the best school grants to apply to. Why Grants Are a Useful Way to Secure School Funding.

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How to Serve Students With Special Needs From Afar

Edsurge

About 14 percent of all public school students receive special education services, and for many of them the switch to remote learning has been difficult on families and the schools that teach them every day. How are schools adjusting? What resources are they turning to? And what’s most important to focus on? To that last question, Sean Arnold, a STEM coach and special educator for the New York City Department of Education, has a suggestion.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. Some makerspace activities may be focusing on how to use the resources available and may not be connecting the activities to the curriculum or around a real world problem. We adapted the Design Thinking Process to include additional phases based on our own experiences in schools with educators and kids.

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How Kids Can Design in AR and VR with Robert Kalman

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor – Free Classroom Management Webinar: On Monday, March 16 at 8 pm learn from classroom management expert Linda Kardamis how to regain control of your classroom even this late in the school year. Go to coolcatteacher.com/getcontrol to learn more and sign up for this free webinar on classroom management. Listen to Robert Kalman Talk about AR and VR in the Classroom Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

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It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. And it raises questions about gender and race: How can schools inspire more girls and students of color to pursue STEM? Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools.

Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

Education Superhighway

Last summer, we highlighted Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) , a large suburban school district in Virginia that boosted their bandwidth speed from 2 to 20 Gbps to keep up with growing demands for digital learning. For me, it was difficult to make the transition initially.

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are my notes from today’s 2015 Iowa STEM Summit … Welcome , Lt. STEM should be a catalyst for active learning. Launching a STEM Council Seal of Approval for programs (e.g. Over 5,100 applications were submitted for STEM Scale-Up Grants. Numerous STEM externships are available for teachers. Peek Into a STEM Classroom: Sioux Center High School. Peek Into a STEM Classroom: Davenport West High School. Used to live in Kigoma, Tanzania.

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Top 8 Advantages of an Interactive STEM Curriculum

Kitaboo on EdTech

What is STEM? The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. More recently, arts were added to this educational model, as educators believed that art and creativity play an important role in the understanding of the former subjects in the STEM Curriculum , thus changing the acronym from STEM to STEAM. Why is STEM Training Important? And that is precisely why it is important to create more awareness of STEM.

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How to Introduce Engineering Principles Early to Help Inspire Interest in STEM

MindShift

This story about STEM education was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. A few years ago, a young female engineer named Isis Anchalee was featured on one of her company’s recruiting posters only to be subjected to a barrage of digital feedback questioning whether she was really an engineer. You get to use a lot of your creativity more.”. They wanted to help them.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. Former secretary of education, William Bennett, says, “An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul. Work to integrate arts into your lesson this week.

Part 2: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this second post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs. In fact, it might be time to begin thinking about next January! Science – STEM Resources.

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Science for all: How to reach English learners

eSchool News

Many supports are available for ELs (bilingual programs, SIOP, SEI), but the elementary science materials available are disproportionately directed toward grade-level readers. How can we make access to science more equitable?

California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Broadens Partnership with Discovery Education Transforming Instruction Districtwide

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­ - District Chooses Discovery Education’s STEM Connect to Bring STEM Lessons to Life for Students Districtwide - Silver Spring, Md. The Wire k12 education STEM K-12 Education

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

The Hechinger Report

A robot built by students to research endangered frogs in Lake Titicaca, in Peru, being tested in June, 2016, by Lindsey Hamblin (left), then a Skyline High School senior, and Callie Meyers, then a Skyline junior. In one back room at Skyline High School, you can learn all you need to know about St. It’s there that bins of materials sit next to past projects, exposing the district’s DNA. This year, 80 students (age 15 or older) are being paid to work on 10 different teams.

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10+ Plugged and Unplugged Coding Activities for Hour of Code!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! December 9 to 15th is the annual Hour of Code event. Coding is such an important skill that enables students to learn writing and math along with any other subject matter. Idea: Dedicate at least one lesson to coding.