Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process: The Task: Build the Highest Tower.

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

User Generated Education

If this is how the makerspace is set up in your school, then your kids may not have access to the resources, materials, and tools when they need them, especially for STEM or STEAM. Additional Resources referenced from Jackie’s blog: Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners.

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How to make elementary teachers stronger in STEM

eSchool News

It’s no secret elementary teachers are often weakest in STEM. Despite renewed interest, calls for funding, and presidential appeals, true STEM integration is missing from a large number of classrooms across the country.

Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

User Generated Education

Here is a run down of the learning activities I did with my gifted elementary students to teach them about their brains: Introduction to the Brain. Examples: Education brain cooperative learning experiential learning neuroscience STEM

6 steps to strengthen early STEM learning

eSchool News

Although STEM education is inarguably essential in today’s economy, it is not always seamlessly incorporated into early childhood education–and the barriers to inclusion are more pervasive than many educators might realize. Early childhood education News STEM

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LA’s First Public All-Girls STEM School Goes Global

CUE

In August 2016, the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) opened within the Los Angeles Unified School District with much fanfare as California’s first all-girls public STEM school. in Elementary Education.

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Study reveals elementary math gains

eSchool News

Because we want to be strong partners who complement the work of schools and teachers, we’re proud to see these new, compelling results in the upper elementary grades.”. News STEMStudy of grades 3-5 students showed improved math achievement with personalized learning approach.

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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Volunteers Who Are Changing Perceptions About STEM

MIND Research Institute

The challenges of getting students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)/STEAM (including the arts) are well-documented and the implications for our economy are staggering.

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3 ways to leverage elementary coding for NGSS standards

eSchool News

eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News How-to STEMAs our district has started exploring the role that computer coding should play in our students’ educational lives, more than once the following question has come up: What NGSS standards will this cover? This is a critical question.

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).

Q&A: Christine Cunningham Proves Even Elementary Students Can Be Engineers

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Boston’s Museum of Science has developed an award-winning STEM curriculum. Classroom Curriculum STEM

A Few Must-Have Books for Elementary Classrooms!

Kleinspiration

Of course, the best activities to go along with her stories stem from the meaningful class discussions that naturally evolve as the stories are being shared. One of my favorite stories to share with my students is The Potato Chip Champ by award-winning Michigan author, Maria Dismondy.

5 Ideas for Technology Stations

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Swanson-Anaya @InspiredLeslie elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15 has ideas for awesome technology stations. Finally, she was recently honored with Elementary Teacher of the Year for her contributions to the learning community in Brownwood ISD.

23 amazing STEM and digital learning tools

eSchool News

Developed in response to educator demand for resources that support hands-on, project-based learning in early elementary classrooms, the new curriculum builds on decades of Teaching Strategies’ research and experience in early childhood education.

Building a Foundation with Elementary STEM

MiddleWeb

STEM learning can open up new worlds for elementary kids as it grows problem solving and teamwork skills – all the while building a foundation for the middle grades. Anne Jolly provides elementary teachers with ideas and resources to begin integrated STEM.

With investment, STEM surges in Colorado

eSchool News

STEM education took center stage at the Colorado Convention Center, where Lockheed Martin announced an $800,000 STEM investment in partnership with Project Lead The Way and the Denver Public Schools Foundation to expand STEM programming for Denver Public Schools (DPS) students.

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Middleschoolers design and build STEM carts for younger students

eSchool News

Their assignment: Design a cart to carry today’s tools for STEM learning — the teaching of science, technology, engineering and math — in Hampton Township’s three elementary schools. “We Each team also showed judges a miniature model of its proposed STEM cart.

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The Problem with Prepackaged STEM Products

Tom Murray

Over the last handful of years we have seen an explosion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. And, coinciding with this movement has been an influx of new STEM-related products that are school friendly. The following is a guest post from Ross Cooper.

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Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Her original research went into the design of Renton Preparatory in Seattle, which was a 2016 Top Three STEM School in the nation. See: Creating Elementary Portfolios and One Note in the Classroom.

How to Teach STEM Every Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Every corner of every life includes STEM, which explains the increasing interest in STEM-educated students to fill the nation’s jobs. Embrace the concrete nature of answers in STEM topics.

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Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Fab School Labs Contest is officially open for submissions! Win a dream STEM Lab.

Educational Technology Guy

The contest is designed to drive student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – otherwise known as STEM - by giving public middle schools the opportunity to create the STEM lab of their dreams, made possible by a grant of up to $100,000 for each. Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally.

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Women In STEM Speak Out To Girls Everywhere

MIND Research Institute

Their interest in math and science decreases and they become less likely to pursue the growing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) innovation careers awaiting the next generations ( Generation STEM ).

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Tech for tots and teachers: promoting STEM learning in preK-3 classrooms

The Hechinger Report

That’s largely because teachers aren’t comfortable with introducing young children to science, according to a group of educators committed to helping elementary school teachers become better at teaching STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – in the early grades.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Chromebooks Common Core Data Driven Instruction Education ELA/ ELL Teachers Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gifted Teachers Gsuite and Google Apps High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM

The Hechinger Report

Related: Pathways to jobs of the future opening via summer STEM programs. North Star is part of the Uncommon Schools network, which has elementary, middle and high schools in Newark. Like a good STEM student, Mann started by doing his own research project.

Robots in STEM

My Paperless Classroom

The post What can we learn about STEM Education … FROM the Robotics? | Explore how consumer robots can support hand's on STEM learning with primary grade students. Sam shares his "Robot as Constant" approach to elementary science and STEM. Beyond the Hour of Code My Paperless Classroom Pedagogy Robotics STEM Education

Help Kids Learn to Code with Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

How kids can explore and create in STEM with ease From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. These Wonder Workshop robots make it easy to learn to code in my STEM lab. STEM labs, STEAM labs, and FAB labs. Any elementary classroom.

Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

The CoolCatTeacher

All Grades Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Lesson Plans Math Teachers Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) STEM Teachers Thought Leader Thursday Web Tools

Grant helps elementary schools boost engineering enthusiasm

eSchool News

For the start of the 2016-17 school year, 11 elementary classroom teachers and two teacher technology librarians across the district’s five elementary schools have volunteered to participate in this pilot year of using the program Engineering is Elementary (EiE).

Part 2… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this second of many posts that will bring you over 70 STEM links. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. I hope you will enjoy this series of STEM posts covering over 70 resource links.

10 steps to making yours a STEM school

eSchool News

Get outside, involve the community, and take stock of your resources to improve STEM outcomes, says one PD organization. The quest to improve the way schools team STEM subjects, such as engineering and computer science, isn’t an easy fix.

Want to Get More Girls Into STEM? Give Them Real-World Work

MindShift

In an effort to encourage girls’ interest in STEM, a high school in Massachusetts is giving students a chance to apply their skills at the school’s help desk. “Girls think they shouldn’t be interested in STEM, but if they try it they often are.”

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Families Who Problem-solve Together "STEM" Together

MIND Research Institute

On a cool, stormy night, when most families choose to stay at home, over 280 parents, students, educators and volunteers flocked to Grandview Elementary School in order to experience a night of math, games and learning at MIND’s first Family Math Night in the Detroit region!

Elementary Success with Empathy and Design Thinking by @SamPatue

My Paperless Classroom

The post Elementary Success with Empathy and Design Thinking by @SamPatue appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Learning Spaces My Paperless Classroom STEM Education Elementary School MakerSpace Teaching Pedagogy

The project-based STEM curriculum that’s big on real-world rigor

eSchool News

A STEM curriculum introduces students to real-world engineering. The breakthrough came two years ago when Berrien Springs took a cue from its neighbor to the south, Indiana, and the work they were doing with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a provider of STEM curriculum to 8,000 schools nationwide that takes a problem-based approach to learning focusing on critical thinking, problem-solving and real-world relevance. The “clients” were the elementary students.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

She regularly contributes literacy insights at Dr. Kimberly’s Literacy Blog and has collaborated in writing classroom curriculum and language arts sections as well as chairing the Elementary Reading National Evaluation Preparation Committee for Pearson Education.

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.

Save Your Seat: #STEAM & Arts Online Conference (8 PD Hours 15+ Sessions)

Kleinspiration

If you are an elementary educator, this conference is a must for your summer list! professional development STEAM steam and arts steam and arts conference steam and arts online conference STEM stem conference teaching

Reverse Engineering Toys, Second Grade #STEM

My Paperless Classroom

This #STEM lesson, spent a great deal of time on writing and even keyboarding. So much learning is naturally cross curricular in elementary. The meeting began like many other meetings with my teacher teams. I asked “what are you working on now?”

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