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.

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Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

After graduation, I pursued and obtained my Masters in Secondary English Education. From there, I moved to the secondary world and bounced from Alabama, to Tennessee, to Virginia and finally settled in Bellevue, Nebraska, where I teach 8th grade English.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

I believe it really stems from our ability to actually understand the conceptual understanding behind the mathematics. So I’ve learned a ton, getting to spend all kinds of time in elementary as well as secondary.

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6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

eSchool News

STEM education would emphasize problem-solving, interdisciplinary approaches and the value of discovery and play, according to a new 10-year vision from the American Institutes for Research for the U.S. Department of Education’s STEM Initiatives Team. News STEM

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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. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s.

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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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STEM Gains Traction in After-School Programs

Leadership Lounge

Many schools are recognizing the importance of providing their students with opportunities for greater technology instruction — especially in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs with an emphasis on coding.


SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

iLearn Technology

What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review. You guys, this is such a cool product! I love that as soon as students open it up, it puts them in charge of the learning. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error.

23 amazing STEM and digital learning tools

eSchool News

program introduces new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are ready to pursue their lifelong goals and dreams following post-secondary education. Next page: More digital technologies and STEM resources).

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Sean, you’re currently working with iPads and some online formative assessments for STEM classrooms. He also continues to consult for various districts across the country at the elementary, middle, and secondary level training teachers and administrators.

Harness the Power of LEGO® Education to Engage Students in STEAM Learning


There are three levels of the LEGO Education learning portfolio: Early Learning, Primary, and Secondary. This allows secondary school students to succeed in their STEAM classes today and realize their full potential in the digital workplaces of tomorrow.

Today's CTE Investments Help Boost Students' Success

EdTech Magazine

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. The Education Department’s Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship program is another example of a broader interest in CTE.

AI Curriculum Is Coming for K-12 At Last. What Will It Include?


elementary and secondary schools teach the subject, maybe because there are so few curricula available for students. Club STEM director Christine Nguyen said she was grateful for the opportunity. Education Technology STEM AIWhen Ayanna met Cozmo the robot, both she and the robot lit up. “it it was like she met a new best friend,” her Boys and Girls Club teacher James Carter said. They just clicked.”

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

ET for a webinar “ How to Create Powerful STEM Learning Experiences with Technology, ” where I will share more about student collaboration, the engineering design process, and project-based learning.

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?


Elementary think alouds. At the elementary stage, these quotes represent talking points from our 4th and 5th graders. On the other had, a smaller number of elementary students see Wikipedia as a starting point to discover additional content.

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Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills.

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


To have access to high paying careers in the future requires some type of post-secondary education. That’s why for the past two years we’ve been running a pilot project in four of our elementary schools where we use zSpace’s AR/VR technology to teach science. Simulations for STEM Learning. Education Technology 21st Century Skills Technology in School Assessment Driven Curriculum STEM Education Augmented Reality

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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LAUSD Approves Two All-Girls Schools to Open in Los Angeles

K-12 Schools - Education News

Two secondary all-girl campuses were approved by the school board. The school is modeled after the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, joining the increasing number of single-gender public schools rising across the nation that hold a focus on STEM subjects.

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.

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.

Urgency with Coding Now for the Future


I've heard Anne Jenks share numerous times the importance of teaching coding in school, especially with so many STEM professions available. Below are a few places for getting started: Device Elementary Secondary iPad Daisy the Dinosaur Tickle (older app) Hopscotch Scratch Jr. How are you building STEM opportunities in your classroom? 21st Century Learning Coding MakerSpace STEM

Trump’s Proposed K-12 Budget: Six Funding Themes

Leadership Lounge

Promoting innovation and reform around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. college and career counseling, STEM, arts, civics, International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement). Promoting Innovation and Reform in STEM.


A World of PBL… 25 Authentic Resources To Connect Students Beyond The Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, Makerspace, Inquiry, Computational Thinking, and the 4 C’s. I will be providing workshops and featured sessions on STEM, PBL, Inquiry, Maker Space, and Computational Thinking!

Introducing MIND’s Thought Leaders & Speakers

MIND Research Institute

Our research, approach to STEM and other thought leadership can be found through our website , social media and blog. Education community building, managing edtech usage, STEM innovation in schools, and the neuroscience behind math learning are just some of the topics they have to offer.

Students Donate $7,500 to Help Families of Fallen Veterans

Think Through Math

Math – Farmer – 3(A) class of Del Norte Elementary School, Roswell Independent School District, NM. The Gardner class of STEM Launch, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, CO. The 2016 Do Math!

The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter

Digital Promise

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. Some of our professional development workshops are geared toward a particular group of educators: those who teach K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM. We all use language,” one STEM teacher recognized, “whether it’s in the directions we give or the handouts we use.”.

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Computer science courses still a rarity in California

eSchool News

On Friday, it listed over 1,000 openings within 25 miles of Sacramento that mentioned programming or database analysis as desired core or secondary skills. There is computer science being taught in the elementary schools. Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News McClatchy News STEM

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! There are projects for elementary levels as well as project ideas for middle and high school. High Tech Elementary – Their high school projects are awesome.

How to Create Your First Google Classroom


If you teach multiple classes (at the secondary level), then you would create a class for each section you teach. . Wouldn’t it be great if you could organize assignments, resources, and grades for your students in a single location?

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

The Hechinger Report

Fellows receive monthly stipends that start at $450 and rise each year, up to $700, in an attempt to combat steep post-secondary dropout rates — 33 percent of black college students drop out after one year of college, often because of financial shortfalls. “We’re

Betsy DeVos on Teacher Vouchers, Walkouts and Being Clickbait


This represents change only for those people who want to make a change,” she said, adding that schools can choose between using that money to fund elementary, secondary or pre-K programs (though that last one is up for debate ).

New Schools in Four States Partner with The Virtual High School


The VHS catalog consists of more than 200 unique online courses, including 23 AP® offerings, innovative STEM programs, and a wide variety of unique electives, including computer science. Bo ston – Oct.

A World of PBL: 25 Authentic Resources To Connect Students Beyond The Classroom


Worldvuze – Take some time to explore this map-based question and answer education platform where elementary and secondary students around the world can learn directly from each other! “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ?

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


There are projects for elementary levels as well as project ideas for middle and high school. Seventeen Examples of STEM PBL – Take a look at this list of STEM activities that can be brought into PBL. High Tech Elementary – Their high school projects are awesome.