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5 ways to boost student engagement with STEM learning strategies

eSchool News

As educators, we are always trying to find ways for all students to achieve success. Research has shown us that students who are engaged in learning are more likely to be successful. So how do we know when students are truly engaged in learning?

How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. She talks about how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary. 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. I just have to get through it!”.

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

Edsurge

Not every kindergartner can boast that she helped build a robot with high school students. Not every kindergartner can boast that she helped build a robot with high school students. Kate Sample EdSurge: Not everyone has an engineer dad to support their passion for STEM.

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.

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. Recently, we interviewed three 5th grade teachers who shared more about the transformational role technology plays in student engagement at PWCS. ” ESH: Before your upgrade, how did the level of Internet access impact teaching and learning?

Celebrating Culturally Diverse Winter Holidays in the Classroom

Waterford

For many students, December’s an especially memorable time of year, with winter activities, pageants, and classroom parties during the days before break. In much of America, it can be easy to focus only on the Christmas holidays. How Can I Plan Inclusive Holiday Celebrations?”

Future-forward: How to incorporate the 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century learning

eSchool News

But step back for a second and remember why you teach students in the first place–so they can be successful adults who contribute to society and thrive while pursuing a fulfilling career. This is why we add to our list of 21 st -century learning skills a fifth C: career readiness. Educators across the nation are latching on to project-based learning (PBL) as an effective teaching method for building 21 st -century skills.

Why Santa Fe Broke the K-12 Model and Chose a Different Curriculum for the Middle Grades

Edsurge

So, before committing, districts solicit input from teachers, parents, administrators and even community members, in an effort to make the best choices for their kids. One reason we chose MidSchoolMath is that the middle grades represent the critical time in a student’s academic career.

Try SplashLearn for Summer Learning and Fall Success

The CoolCatTeacher

Personalize learning and make it fun for students. 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.) Splash Summer Camp Courses for Student Success.

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.

One District's Journey From 'State of Emergency' to Student Success

Edsurge

Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. Then Dr. Margaret Gilmore stepped in to lead a district-wide overhaul, and suddenly the story changed—for the better. Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. EdSurge: How did you know where to begin such an immense district overhaul? student-centered instruction.

Save Money on Easy, Awesome Science Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Everything comes in the box and you’re ready to engage your students. Recently I tested three of these science kits and in this blog post, I’ll share a review of these kits and how you can save 15% and get free shipping on your future order before October 31, 2019. Additionally, I’ll share information on engaging students in hands-on science learning. See details for how to redeem this code at the bottom of this post.)

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This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Although the district had successfully implemented conceptual approaches to math instruction for several years, the shifts in the new standards were challenging for some students. Students can see examples. Text can be read to them.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw attitudes toward math bottom out in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. The anxiety it created for parents and students—and even teachers, because it was something new—was awful. There was a lot of fear around math and a lot of kids’ mindsets shifted to ‘I’m not good at math,’” explains Perez. Students can see examples.

3 Tips to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning Into Everyday Literacy Instruction

Edsurge

As school leaders across the country seek to adopt social-emotional learning (SEL) as a formal part of curriculum, one question keeps surfacing: How can educators weave SEL into a day already bursting with “have-to’s” and “must-do’s”? No matter what subject you teach, you can use a narrative to underscore the importance of resilience. Literacy instruction can serve as a model of how to do just that.

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

Waterford

Did you know that music lessons can help students excel in STEM ? Art is more than just an elective that students can go without. This guide will walk you through what you need to know about the importance and benefits of art in education.

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Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

Fractus Learning

I have had a lot of noneducators talk to me about technology in the classroom. Most don’t have informed opinions (so I’m happy to share mine with them). Good teaching and sound student-directed learning is not, and should not be, device dependent. In addition to debating the best type of technology, I often hear that blended learning can only happen in a 1:1 environment. If you only had six laptops in your classroom, how would you best utilize them?

Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

eLearn.fyi is a database of more than 300 online resources, from a civics curriculum created by a former Supreme Court justice to engineering lessons for building a robotic arm. She was also curious how students were faring in other schools. “I

Answering Questions About Teaching Science in a COVID World

edWeb.net

In-person, online, or a hybrid classroom for the 2020-21 school year, there’s no one right way to teach science. But for all methods, safety should be the first priority along with helping students engage in the scientific process and relate the lessons to the real world.

A New Approach to Bring Computational Thinking to More Students

Digital Promise

How can schools address the lack of diversity in computing education and related careers? One path is to make computational thinking (CT) learning opportunities more readily available to students, especially in the early grades.

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Lessons from a virtual school exemplar

The Hechinger Report

Kaye Rogers’ phone began to ring and her inbox filled with questions about virtual learning before Texas schools shut down because of the coronavirus. The difference that sets us apart is about our bottom line of students first and … building those relationships, being available to kids.”.

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.

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What Students Learned When They Made Robotics Relevant to Their Lives

Edsurge

We were on our way to building a Tetrix Prime robot from a kit, when the unimaginable happened—our team’s laptops went missing—and with them, all of our code and design work. While we were no longer able to compete in the local competition, this blow to our team was but a temporary setback. Shortly after a student on the team came to me asked, “Can we build some real robots? So we decided to give it a try. Education Technology STEM Technology in School

Debunking 5 digital storytelling misconceptions

Neo LMS

As a teacher, you’ll find that stories play a huge part in your students’ lives. This is a big opportunity to show them how they could become creators as well. Anyone who studied at least a little bit of Psychology knows that students retain information better when they make a connection between a concept and their personal stories. It can enable students to share their stories and teachers to make learning more personalized.

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5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs

Edsurge

Every year, it seems increasingly difficult to predict what tomorrow’s workplace will look like. Working in tech and media for the past 20 years, I’ve seen some of these changes firsthand, and one thing has proven consistently true: Engagement is critical when learning new information and mastering new skills. Maintaining engagement becomes simultaneously more crucial and difficult as classrooms try to keep up with today’s fast-paced world. We can’t afford not to.

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How the 5E Model Makes Science Meaningful for Bilingual Students

Edsurge

As a first generation Mexican-American, I know how difficult it is to be in a classroom where everyone speaks a language that’s different from yours. My family moved from Mexico to the United States the day after my Quinceañera (15th birthday party). I was treated as if I was dumb because I was unable to answer teachers’ questions in English. I wanted to participate in class discussions but I couldn’t, which was frustrating. I provide students with a word bank.

Seeking asylum in a time of Covid

The Hechinger Report

In January, Rosa Bermudez brought home a colorful worksheet from Stansbury Elementary School, meant to guide her “power plan” for a safe, healthy relationship to technology. By early 2021, they had no insurance to pay for health care, no work permits to make ends meet.

Can outside experts fit into classrooms? Turns out it’s a tight squeeze

The Christensen Institute

Last year, I had the pleasure of presenting at a WBGH event on the future of STEM education. I shared my latest thinking on how we might leverage technology to enhance STEM education, particularly through new blended-learning models. The payoff could be three-fold: First, we could mitigate the chronic teacher shortage in STEM by supplementing classrooms with human capital assets beyond the teaching force. My question,” she pressed me, “is how can I slot in?”.

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Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. We want to celebrate the extraordinary collaborations between educators and the private sector that have occurred because of ConnectED.

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MIND Partners with 100Kin10 on Foundational Math Brain Trust

MIND Research Institute

At MIND Research Institute, we believe every student has the potential to deeply understand and truly love math. We believe that all students deserve equitable access to high-quality educational content and dynamic learning experiences. And we believe that teachers, administrators, families, and communities are part of a student’s learning ecosystem, and we work to support that holistic system. Elementary math specialization.

How a Network of Support for Educators Is Unlocking Creativity in the Classroom

Edsurge

Georgia’s Fulton County School System is a large district, spanning 78 miles from top to bottom. So, how does a district of this size and diversity innovate? And how do educators share best practices across the region? It’s important to follow up with people and monitor progress.

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Part 2… 30 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a second post containing 15 more amazing links to use during the NCAA Basket Ball Tournament. First, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans . You see… we really must learn to put into practice some of the best lessons never taught! I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s.

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Part 2… 34 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a second post containing 17 more amazing links to use during the NCAA Basket Ball Tournament. First, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans . You see… we really must learn to put into practice some of the best lessons never taught! Talking about best lessons… how about some best PD? Please stake a moment to enjoy these next 17 links. image CC.

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Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools

techlearning

After successfully piloting the Workbench solution during the 2017 - 2018 school year, the district is expanding the use of the Workbench Education platform to an additional seven of the district’s 21st Century Schools. Workbench enables schools to implement Project Based Learning (PBL), STEM/STEAM, and Making into their curriculum. An emphasis was placed on using these products to provide students with a hands-on, PBL learning experience. Student engagement ?

Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School

Edsurge

At my district’s high schools, personalized learning is fairly easy to see. We know that our students are different, and to capitalize on their strengths, we provide opportunities for students to identify a focused path and to find success. Sometimes elementary and middle school teachers come across as apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning. It focused on 20 indicators of student engagement.