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Want to Solve our STEM Skills Problem? Bring in the Professionals

Digital Promise

Recent Australian studies show there’s a decline in student participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in high school. We want more of our students to take up STEM in schools and universities so we have a steady stream of graduates skilled in these areas for the future. Teachers can have a strong influence on students’ engagement and interest in STEM subjects, and on how they view maths and science in terms of future careers.

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Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

Santha Walters uses drones in her English classroom to teach writing, collaboration and more. Learn how she does it, what standards she teaches, and technical issues of working with drones in the classroom. Drones in the English Classroom. You can use technology in any classroom.

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Technology Sparks Growth Mindset and Innovation in the Classroom

Digital Promise

In addition to technology and access, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools receive extensive teacher training, support, and the opportunity to engage in a unique, immersive curriculum to leverage technology in their classrooms. Technology extends the classroom beyond the school walls.

How to Bring Back the Arts and Boost Academic Achievement Through STEAM Curriculum


Did you know that music lessons can help students excel in STEM ? Over four million elementary school children receive no visual arts lessons in the classroom.[6] Why integrate arts into your classroom at all when there’s so much else you need to teach?

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6 ways to improve PD in STEM for every grade level

eSchool News

High-quality instruction in STEM requires both teaching expertise and content knowledge. Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had any specialized education or training in science, leaving them at a loss for PD in STEM. Next page: PD in STEM tips 2-6).

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Part 3: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 25 STEM and PBL Competitions

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this third post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. Part 3: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 25 STEM and PBL Competitions.


Literacy Tools That Bring Equity and Energy to the Classroom—and Unlock Career Doors


About 13 years ago, a group of us said we want one demonstration of what’s possible in secondary education. What does ‘differentiated literacy instruction’ mean, and what does it look like in the classroom? Dr. Doug Fisher How does that bring equity and energy into the classroom? Now, Achieve3000 is used by our science and social studies classes. That brings equity to the classroom.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa. She left the classroom to support K-12 teachers nationally by creating professional development. in Secondary Education from Ball State University.

11 activities to increase student-led learning in your classroom


In a recent eSchool News study , 89% of educators said it was very important or important for students to lead their own learning. These innovators are fighting the misconceptions that surround student-led learning and seeing what can happen in their classrooms when they step to the side. Beginner or veteran, check out these 11 student-led learning activities to try in your classroom: 1. Get more ideas for your first classroom makerspace.

Influential Educator Keynotes Southeast Powerful Practices Event

Discovery Education

Classroom, curriculum, and central office leaders from across the Southeast and beyond met in Atlanta, Ga., They also shared digital instructional practices in social studies, math, science, and STEM. director of secondary curriculum and instruction, Marietta City Schools, Ga. Classroom Content Curriculum experts Georgia Insights and Conversations Programs and Events Atlanta disciplinary literacy Erin Gruwell Freedom Writers Powerful Practices STEM Virtual Reality

Physics is Taught Badly Because Teachers Struggle with Basic Concepts

Digital Promise

But our ongoing research in Mauritius shows that the people who are meant to teach kinematics in the classroom – physics teachers – don’t understand the concepts that underpin it. Our study contributes to a broader body of research about the importance of teachers’ knowledge for effective learning. Our study is part of a broader research project that examines how technology can be integrated into effective teaching and learning of physics at secondary schools in Mauritius.

Why Young Children Should Learn Engineering

Even with the NGSS’s emphasis on engineering, there’s still a feeling that in preschool and kindergarten, teachers shouldn’t place as much emphasis on the E in STEM. She attended The Ohio State University, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in women’s studies.

Today's CTE Investments Help Boost Students' Success

EdTech Magazine

Even students studying culinary arts need experience using digital point-of-sale systems. There is a renewed focus on CTE amid broader debates about the value of college and the student debt crisis as well as the need for viable post-secondary alternatives. Demand for Post-Secondary Options Drives CTE Investment. Department of Education, supporting instruction for elementary and secondary students as well as adults. Today's CTE Investments Help Boost Students' Success.

Test prep to get into vocational education? Yup, it’s a thing

The Hechinger Report

Abaza spends mornings in a classroom, studying automotive tech, and afternoons at a local BMW dealership, repairing cars and earning $10 an hour. K-12 News Data and research Higher education access Higher education affordability STEM

How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)


In one day—in the same classroom—we can dissect an elephant, weld a beam, take apart a car, and dissect a human. In one day—in the same classroom—we can dissect an elephant, weld a beam, take apart a car, and dissect a human. And one of the greatest things I’ve learned from him is when he was in the classroom decades ago, he was highly intelligent, but the teaching models just didn’t engage him. There’s a fluidness that can happen in a classroom with zSpace’s platform.

Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists

Discovery Education

Students work with scientists, researchers, and city officials to learn how science is applied in real-life dynamics, and then return to the classroom with renewed vigor for discovery. Vrain, and where he sees the future of STEM heading. Culturally Responsive Classrooms. At St.

Five Classroom Dimensions That Show Deep Math Learning Is Happening


She’s learned to think of this approach as “going at the pace of the learning,” a phrase she heard from Akiko Takahashi, an expert in lesson study. She applies the Teaching For Robust Understanding of Mathematics (TRU) framework in her classroom. Our framework says you should really be focusing on, ‘What does it feel like to be a student in that classroom?” She then monitors how they are using those stems and gives immediate feedback. OAKLAND STUDY.

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. She left the classroom to support K-12 teachers nationally by creating professional development.

How AR and VR Can Inspire Innovation—and Boost College and Career Readiness


At 17 years old, Christine Johns sat in a university classroom surrounded by men and women who were devastated as Pittsburgh's steel industry collapsed around them. Here I am at 40 years old, sitting in a classroom, trying to figure out what I need to do so my family can survive. To have access to high paying careers in the future requires some type of post-secondary education. Why would we not give our children those same experiences in our classrooms?

7 ways schools can get creative with STEAM

eSchool News

For a while now, schools have been slowly merging science and math lessons with visual arts as a way to add a hands-on component, and perhaps a dash of culture, to ordinary STEM curriculum. ” Featured on eSchool News Professional Development (PD) Resource STEM Top News

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How to Integrate Multimedia and Writing Instruction With VR, Video and Digital Timelines


The National Council for the Social Studies urges us to find ways for our kids to “take informed action” based on what they have learned. To spread their voices beyond the classroom. But it can be difficult for classroom teachers to have a clear vision of what that might look like in actual practice. Connecting emotion and content Jill Weber, a secondary school teacher in Cheney, Kansas, uses an effective ELA and social studies strategy called Note card confessions.

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Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools


June 20, 2018) – Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools (HCS) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms to support its inquiry-based teaching and learning initiative.


9 Good Collections of Videos for Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Bitsize is the BBC’s collection of free short videos and lessons (they’re all bite-sized) on over fifty subjects taught in Primary or Secondary education. Topics include languages, music, technology, social studies, science, engineering, maths, journalism, and more.

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The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter

Digital Promise

In classrooms across the U.S., No student (or teacher) leaves their language patterns at the door when they enter a classroom – even classes like math and science, where language is often seen as secondary. For the past decade, as professors who study the role of language and culture in education, we’ve been working to help educators understand these dynamics across all subject areas. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Once a novelty in many classrooms and makerspaces, 3D printers are again flourishing as valuable classroom tools thanks to advanced technology , lower costs and more products and services geared toward K–12 education. . How Teachers and Students Use 3D Printing in Today’s Classrooms.

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CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


Ensure all pupils have access to computer science from K-post secondary education. Present computer science at the secondary school level in a way that can fulfill a computer science, math, or science graduation credit. CUE Advocacy Update.

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Incorporating technology in the classroom has paved the way for a myriad of innovative methods and practices that are aimed at improving upon teaching structures of the past. Blended learning enables me to effectively bring technology into the classroom.

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak

This enables collaboration with experts in the fields of study students have chosen for their capstone topic. In our lower school, our classrooms are 1:1 iPads. My own doctoral study discovered how effective PLNs can be.

Making Is Great Because It’s Chaotic. But Not Everyone Is Looking for Chaos.


That’s the first word that Anna Kwan, a K-5 STEM teacher at a public school in Aurora, Colo., By “messy,” Kwan means two things: both the appearance of the classroom and the style of inquiry and learning that students must adopt in order to thrive during making lessons. “If “Messy.”

Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

Asante Johnson is a technology integration coach and STEM teacher at District of Columbia Public Schools ’ Wheatley Education Campus. When I landed in New Hampshire, I was eager to see competency-based education in action at the secondary level. Interestingly, what I saw were classrooms that on the surface looked quite traditional, with students working on the same lesson or exercise.

We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

The Hechinger Report

So says a 2017 study published by the Institute of Policy Studies. Department of Education found that while HBCUs make up just 3 percent of colleges and universities, they graduate 27 percent of African-American students with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.

Genius Hour and the Global Cardboard Challenge

Educator Innovator

Before kids graduate from high school, they will spend more than 14,000 hours in the classroom. secondary schools don’t require any coursework in the arts for graduation. He explains in an Adobe study on the creativity gap that “our educational systems don’t enable students to develop their natural creative powers.” Some are taking back a few of those 14,000 classroom hours and handing them over to students.

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With a teacher like me, ‘Would I have turned out better?’

The Hechinger Report

Two years ago, Nathaniel Albert walked into a first-grade classroom at Andrew H. It’s a rarity to see male teachers in the classroom at all on this floor,” James said. Those destined to be teachers will enter the classroom and find their purpose in the classroom, Jones believes.

Part 2 Starting PBL: 30 Amazing Resources To Help Plant A New PBL Idea

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration, and a continuing series on PBL! While you are using PBL in the classroom, search here for data sources, biography and inventor topics. PBL Social Studies Project Ideas by grade level.

Breaking the Mold – How VR Can Help Teachers


A VR-based learning environment allows students to exercise their own imagination, involves them more fully in the learning process, and when properly integrated into the classroom under the tutelage of their teachers, holds the potential to revolutionize educational practices. Benefits stemming from the integration of technology into classrooms has a direct relationship with pedagogy-supported use of that technology. Enhancing a teacher’s ability in the classroom.