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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. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

7 Recommended Hands-On STEM Learning Products

Teacher Reboot Camp

However, I’ve been asked by several educators what recommendations I have for STEM labs, makerspaces, and technology classes. The products are easy to manage, store, and work for K to 12 learners. These companies did not pay me or ask me to write about them.

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IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

Educational Technology Guy

The IBM Foundation has launched a free, online software to transform the way K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn. The software, called Teacher Advisor with Watson , uses Watson artificial intelligence technology to help teachers instantly find math resources.

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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Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Sylvia Martinez @smartinez co-author of Invent to Learn talks about tinkering today. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” ” Subscribe to the show. You have one week to enter, and then we draw!

Hitting the Library Circuit With Mobile Making

Educator Innovator

In an effort to reach more patrons and spread innovation, librarians are taking their digital learning and staff development programs on the road. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers everything you would expect at a library: books, computers, story time for the little ones.

How to ReMake Your Classroom and Inspire Hands-On Learning in the New Year

Edsurge

Along the way, new tools have evolved to help teachers ignite creativity and tackle real world challenges. No longer confined to a corner space in the back of the library, Making activities are finding their way into lessons on history and biology, literature and language. No longer confined to a corner space in the back of the library, Making activities are finding their way into lessons on history and biology, literature and language.

How a Blind Student Who Felt Locked Out of STEM Classes Challenged—and Changed—Her University

Edsurge

What has repeatedly snagged her ability to study it, however, has been when homework assignments include charts and graphs that her screen-reading software can’t process. “If If I went around to every single wheelchair ramp on campus and broke part of it, there would be an absolute riot,” she says. The equivalent for me is going to a class and not being able to study the textbook. This needs to happen, and this is going to happen.”

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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.

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.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

The term This term is also used to describe an actual phenomenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). Focus on STEM and STEAM Education. Educate to Innovate ).

The Free, Amazing, Library 2.014 Online Events This Week

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is a GREAT week for library learning and conversations! Forward this post to friends and colleagues.) Then our fourth annual (and free) Future of Libraries conference, Library 2.014, starts on Wednesday, October 8th, at 10:00am US-Eastern Time with the opening keynote by conference co-chair Dr. Sandra Hirsh from the School of Information at San José State University. Looking at cultural differences in motivating students to seek information - Dr. Sherry R.

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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9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

The CoolCatTeacher

I hope this gives you an overview of how students can make choices and pursue their passions in school. Based on the Google 20% time, students take 20% of their time in a class to pursue a personal interest project. Students design and make things to meet a social need or good.

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.

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. So how hard is it?

9 ways to create better makerspaces

eSchool News

Research from Macquarie University in Australia demonstrates how, with proper training and professional development, teachers can harness makerspaces and improve teaching and learning outcomes. Related content: How to transform a library into a makerspace.

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What to Put in Your Makerspace (and How to Pay for It)

Edsurge

At the conference, participants were given an opportunity to learn about makerspaces first-hand by going from station-to-station and creating. I also knew creating such a space could be pricey, especially when you start talking about robots, advanced software and 3D printers. But although I was intimidated—and unsure how to pay for everything—the idea of a makerspace remained on my mind. We were able to move our makerspace into the library for its second year.

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

The term is also used to describe an actual phenomenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). Focus on STEM and STEAM Education. Focus on STEM and STEAM Education.

How Art and Science Are Making Computer Science Culturally Relevant

Edsurge

Some of the students enjoy freestyle rap and dance, so they will learn how to simulate or enhance their performances using code. Other students study drawing and painting, so they will learn how to use code to create their artwork. This approach is a gateway to computer science, using coding to foster creative expression, and supporting cultural responsiveness that addresses underrepresented students’ lack of exposure to computer science.

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.

Learning to Code: New Possibilities Through Collaboration at School

Edsurge

It's shaping up to be the year of coding! Code, the language of our digital world, is used to build all the websites, computer software, and smartphone apps that benefit practically every industry and occupation. Earlier this year, the White House unveiled the “CS for All” initiative, which provides over $4 billion in funding to expand and support K-12 computer science education. Second, teachers got a chance to coach our employees as well as experiment with coding.”

Nepris: A matchmaker for experts on demand

NeverEndingSearch

The libraries of archived sessions are nowsubstantial and free, as are a wealth of other materials to inspire exploration of our students’ next steps. If you haven’t yet discovered it, Nepris is a social community devoted to aparticular type of matchmaking.

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. STEM/STEAM education ?

Must-have Resources for Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

She makes some great points about first, why blended learning is becoming so popular, and second, how to make that happen in your life: Blended learning is becoming increasingly popular as institutions transition from classroom style learning to mixed media and online learning.

Makerspace for Little or Nothing

The Daring Librarian

Makerspace for Little or Nothing You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to start a Makerspace area. You don't have to have a designated room or rip out bookcases. Yeah, sometimes I try things on the sly to see if they are blogworthy for you!

Lessons from Boise: What colleges can teach us about fostering innovation

Perry Hewitt

A wheel design to eliminate road ruts for American farmers. A new reseller model bringing internet access to villages in rural Mexico. A radar device that allows first responders and military to see through walls before entering a building.

WHAT’S NEW

techlearning

Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. to streamline workflows for assessment and data analysis.

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High tech e-learning without the high price

Neo LMS

A natural response to the call by policy-makers to increase the use of technology in schools is cost. Creating a grid for a class, or section of the course, allows students to interact personally with the topic. Learn more about how to get started here.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Achieve3000 will add 30 of iCivics’ best-in-class student readings to its platform. Achieve3000 will apply its online differentiated instruction to the content, helping students to digest critical material so they can read, discuss, and debate core U.S.

A charter school faces the ugly history of school choice in the Deep South

The Hechinger Report

You know how Ms. The former church youth-group multipurpose room had become a shrine to academic achievement, the stained-glass window overshadowed by bold purple banners listing the students’ future college graduation years, the school’s values and the slogan “#RUReady.”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. They want to choose a school.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

— Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary Club. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. They have to learn early.”. They also take field trips to area manufacturing firms.

High tech without the high price

Neo LMS

A natural response to the call by policy-makers to increase the use of technology in schools is cost. Creating a grid for a class, or section of the course, allows students to interact personally with the topic. Learn more about how to get started here.

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