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How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Assess the School’s Existing STEM Programs.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Assess the School’s Existing STEM Programs.

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20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.) Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space. The library is popular again!

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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.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e308. We start with “What do you want to know? What do you want to know about?”. They are using time to research and create a presentation of what they know. How does that work?

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too. Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Vicki: How interesting.

Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Students who use Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, iPads, or any other device can now create books with this versatile, easy-to-use app. Standards: I’m using this project as a summary of all the graphic design lessons that I’ve taught my students, everything from color to fonts. I’m expecting them to use these principles in their books, but I’m also hoping that they’ll create a great keepsake commemorating why their hero is so special to them.

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.

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Expert Mentors: A Professional Development Model for STEM and Maker Education Implementation

User Generated Education

Implementing Maker, STEM, STEAM Education. In order to prevent STEM and maker education from becoming a flavor of the month, there needs to be specific strategies provided to educators on how to embed STEM and maker activities into their curriculum. A good number of educators have not received training on how to integrate activities into their classroom practices which entail resource heavy, hands-on learning.

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5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces. Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Makerspaces — a key element of STEM education — are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the U.S. Thomas School Dedicates Space to Bolster STEM Learning.

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Try SplashLearn for Summer Learning and Fall Success

The CoolCatTeacher

I recommend SplashLearn for parents this summer to strengthen the foundations of Mathematics (Pre-kindergarten to Grade 5) and Reading (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2.) It is understandable for parents to want to ensure that their kids are ready to move ahead this fall.

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

User Generated Education

If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building. 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.

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From Breadcrumbs to Breadboards: How to Spearhead Effective STEM/STEAM Initiatives

techlearning

Breadboarding, Arduino boards, Tinkercad, Scratch, and Makey Makey are all products that educators are using to embed STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) into their curricula. Today’s forward-thinking educator is asking herself how to infuse coding, STEM, and STEAM into the classroom. Many educators, however, find it difficult to know where to start. How can we integrate STEM/STEAM ideas across all content areas?

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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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Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart is working with teachers in traditional subjects to let students immerse in the subject in Minecraft. In today’s show, learn about Minecraft EDU and how it is being used to teach. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. This is a perfect idea for special ed teachers and parents who want to use today’s show and make books Book Creator will let you record audio and video AND share the link with parents.

Confused by your kid’s math homework? Here’s how it all adds up

The Hechinger Report

Mathew Felton-Koestler, known as “Mathy Matt” on his YouTube channel , makes videos for parents that explain why and how young kids are learning math these days. Allonda Hawkins said the way her children are expected to do math is “100 percent different” from the way she learned.

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

Discovery Education

These ready-to-use tools can support engagement and c onnection with students of diverse backgrounds and learning levels ; and help educators begin some of these challenging but necessary conversations. Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources .

Khan Academy plunged into classrooms, then classrooms went online

The Hechinger Report

It was time, thought the ed tech pioneer, to bring his nonprofit online education empire to brick-and-mortar schools — lots of them. If it went well, Khan Academy would prove, on a large scale, that teachers are critical to the successful use of technology in learning.

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech and plan your professional development for 2018. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e225. We’re talking about five free tech tools to try in social studies lessons!

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Using fiction books to help kids connect creativity with STEM skills

The Cornerstone for Teachers

What happens when kids use fun fictional texts that have a basis in science, technology, engineering and math as a springboard to explore the science behind the fiction? This week, I’ve invited Gillian King-Cargile, Director of Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read program, to share her observations with a fifth grade class. This post is brought to you in partnership with Follett Learning, a longtime supporter of The Cornerstone. “I

Putting the “T” in STEM! 60+ Resources for Teaching Children with Technology!

Teacher Reboot Camp

One of the best things about teaching very young learners is that they are super excited to learn! When a child begins to use technology, especially technology connected to the Internet, they must also learn how to protect themselves and learn wellness. For the past 20 years, I have used technology to teach children all over the world! Currently, I am the Computer and Technology Teacher for over 450 elementary students at a STEM Charter School.

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How I created my school’s makerspace

eSchool News

As an elementary educator for most of my career, I’ve had the privilege of working with a variety of learners—from inner-city students in North Carolina to university-level students in Chicago—but I found my true calling as the librarian at Hubbard Woods Elementary in Winnetka, Illinois.

For This ‘Coal Country’ Librarian, Preparing Students for the Future Starts with STEM

Edsurge

Back then, I learned to type catalog cards on an electric typewriter and created lessons around print resources and the Dewey Decimal system. I’ve come along way since then, moving from traditional library programming into the 21st century, with coding and robotics to match. It all began when I read an article about the “Hour of Code” initiative, a program that asks every student school-wide to participate in one hour of coding activities. Robots in the library.

PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Data collection and analysis are cornerstones for many STEM and STEAM programs but they’re not just about math. They teach students how to think critically and solve evidence-based problems. Enter award-winning PASCO Scientific with a commitment to providing innovative, affordable tools for K-12 science and math programs. They provide a wealth of rugged, inquiry-based products to educators in more than 100 countries around the world. STEM modules.

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After-school programs have either been abandoned or overworked

The Hechinger Report

“I like building stuff,” said 11-year-old Isabella Lagunas, describing the appeal of her science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) after-school program, Girlstart. “In Her solution was to create physical kits containing all the supplies the girls would need.

STEAM Up Learning with 50 Fabulous Resources!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Many of the missions in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning with Missions , are aimed at inspiring students to think critically, focus on questions versus answers, conduct hands-on research, and make a difference in the world with their innovations. The field of Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math (STEM/STEAM) is at the heart of innovation, discovery and curiosity. TeachEngineering is a free K to 12 STEM curriculum.

6 Digital storytelling tools for hybrid learning environments

Neo LMS

Throughout the school year, we have many opportunities to engage students in digital storytelling. Years ago, I would assign the exact same projects to my students and leave little room for their own choices for how to show what they had learned. Elementari.

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9 ways to create better makerspaces

eSchool News

Makerspaces and maker culture have quickly become a favorite of STEAM advocates, and new research shows that makerspaces can be highly effective at helping elementary students develop skills such as critical thinking, design thinking, and problem solving.

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How This Teacher Harnesses Student Curiosity with Hands-On Learning Experiences

Edsurge

First grade teacher Byron Gilliland has combined Rigamajig (the right tool) with Deeper Learning (the right pedagogy) to facilitate a learning environment that sees all students embrace their curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and collaborative abilities to own their learning at a higher level.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. So how hard is it?

Summer Learning Made Fun with No-Cost Family Resources from Discovery Education and Partners

eSchool News

Thursday, June 3, 2021) — To accelerate student learning and ignite their natural curiosity, Discovery Education presents parents and guardians an array of no-cost dynamic digital resources for the summer. For help getting started, families can turn to the no-cost Be Vape Free digital tools.

Celebrating Culturally Diverse Winter Holidays in the Classroom

Waterford

In much of America, it can be easy to focus only on the Christmas holidays. And even the most progressive and well-meaning teachers can show implicit bias when it comes to holiday events. A2: We encouraged donations that were put together to feed needy families in our communities.

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. A few months ago I was alerted to an opportunity by one of my favorite collaborative partners, Gretchen Thomas. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. This honor, of course, came with rules to follow.

50 Ways to Teach Using Music in Your Classroom

Waterford

Music has the power to calm minds, inspire joy, and help people process tough emotions all at once. Read on to learn more about the emotional and academic benefits of musical education. How Music Affects Brain Development and Social-Emotional Learning.