Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research.

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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How to Create Your First Google Classroom

EdTechTeam

Fortunately, Google for EDU listened intently to teacher needs and designed Google Classroom to do just that. It’s what I like to describe as the anti-LMS (learning management system) because it’s both simple and effective. To sign into Classroom, go to classroom.google.com.

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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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How to make Cleveland ‘great again’

The Hechinger Report

CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. Officials gave themselves till 2016 to show progress.

Science for all: How to reach English learners

eSchool News

Fifth graders should be learning more abstract and complex concepts like how a star’s apparent brightness is related to its distance from Earth. How can we make access to science more equitable?

How to Integrate Multimedia and Writing Instruction With VR, Video and Digital Timelines

Edsurge

My kids love it whenever they get the chance to use technology as part of the writing process. My job is to make sure that the tech use is meaningful and purposeful - when used correctly technology can help enhance and transform my lessons, provide real-world activities, and increase student engagement. We all strive to develop students with the skills necessary to be successful after high school graduation. We all want our students to write more.

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Math Modeling: Why are We Missing it in High School?

EdNews Daily

Young people are frequently exposed to ambitious dreams of changing the world, and a practical way of expressing said interest is through research in science fairs; however, do science fairs provide everyone an equal opportunity to produce meaningful research?

The school that connects STEM, badging, and life beyond the classroom

eSchool News

As educators, we know that science is not just a body of knowledge, but it is a process that enables people to answer questions through scientific inquiry. These are important skills for students to master, not least because of the growing demand for science and STEM professionals.

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Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started.

The Cornerstone Blog

Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I’ve never implemented one myself, and I can’t quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? Time to review circuits and switches.

7 ways data collection is improving STEM education

eSchool News

STEM classes in particular have a natural potential to be both tech-rich and inquiry-based, especially hands-on lab activities. The recent addition of probeware—sensory-based handheld devices for measuring things like water quality, light, and temperature—has allowed us to bring students out into nature and introduce them to the world of data collection and analysis. Here are 7 ways technology is enhancing and expanding STEM education in our school district.

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How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations.

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How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. The idea is that when people are allowed to work on things they care about, their motivation for the job as a whole will increase. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations. How often to hold Genius Hour.

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. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error. Tips: The Alpha Kit that SAM Labs sent me to play with is impressive even with a limited number of bricks.

#03: Science Kits with Love from Kansas to Haiti

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s students want to do meaningful work in all of their subjects. But it can be so hard for teachers to relate their content to real world problems. See details at the bottom for how to enter. How students and parents are getting excited.

Why Young Children Should Learn Engineering

edWeb.net

Even with the NGSS’s emphasis on engineering, there’s still a feeling that in preschool and kindergarten, teachers shouldn’t place as much emphasis on the E in STEM. First, Keith said educators need to make sure they understand what engineering actually is.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Culturally Responsive Teaching (and What Space Is Really Like)

Edsurge

In 1995, NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris became the first African American to perform a spacewalk. Dr. Harris is well-known as an astronaut, but throughout his career he’s also collected an impressive list of STEM credentials, including an M.D.,

Saturday is the Online Global Student Conference - "STEM + Entrepreneurship" (plus we make our call for volunteers!)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Sign up at [link] to attend. Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how STEM and entrepreneurship impact learning both in and out of the classroom. Coco Kaleel set out to make a Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine as her school science project.

There’s No Such Thing As Being Bad at Math: How Neuroscience Is Changing the Equation

Edsurge

As a society ever more reliant on technology and STEM-based careers, we must shatter the myth that math skill is inborn and reinforce that it is the result of intention and practice. It’s common to hear well educated adults declare themselves “not a math person,” sometimes proudly. Indeed, people of all ages believe that mathematical ability is something you are either born with or not, rather than something to be mastered with focused effort. To many, it is terrifying.

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

Edsurge

And when Cozmo said her name, “she was so excited she didn’t know what to do with herself.” Even better, it was Ayanna who had programmed Cozmo to say it. It’s one of several initiatives that promise to make AI as common in the classroom as it’s becoming in our lives. elementary and secondary schools teach the subject, maybe because there are so few curricula available for students. But that’s starting to change. Education Technology STEM AI

Test prep to get into vocational education? Yup, it’s a thing

The Hechinger Report

This story is a part of our Map to the Middle Class project, where readers ask questions about educational pathways to financial stability and then we investigate. and how are they funded?” ” To submit your question or vote on our next topic, click here.

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

In HP Teaching Fellow Melissa Wrenchey’s class, students collaborate to design prototypes that address real-world challenges. Students model how professional product teams work together to create prototypes for authentic users. Make space for students to truly work as a team.

Literacy Tools That Bring Equity and Energy to the Classroom—and Unlock Career Doors

Edsurge

Yet no matter how hands-on the program, literacy remains fundamental. It is one of our best antidotes to poverty.” EdSurge talked with him about how he and his colleagues use online differentiated literacy instruction tools from Achieve3000 , and how that platform has helped the school’s students—80 percent of whom are eligible for free lunch—achieve a stunning 98.5 When did you realize how fundamental literacy would be to the program you were creating?

Supply and demand: Getting low-income kids into better jobs by getting them into better schools

The Hechinger Report

CAST Tech is designed to feel like a cutting-edge corporate headquarters, the kind of environment in which students hope to eventually work. This makes it easy for business executives to pop by — and they do. CAST Tech freshman Toney Coronado wants to work in cybersecurity.

How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)

Edsurge

Not to mention effective. Lucie Public Schools has worked tirelessly to add augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to his CTE classes over the past 12 months. Lucie’s are increasingly viewed as a pathway to provide students with the hands-on skills industry and businesses say they need in new employees. Carbenia’s experience has made him an invaluable source of knowledge when it comes to adding AR and VR to CTE classes.

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak's Blog

In the Guide to Capstone Education from the National Capstone Consortium there are a series of questions posed about technology and the role it should, could or might possibly play in a capstone course. The capstone process culminates in a presentation to an authentic audience.”

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?

NeverEndingSearch

Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. Wikipedia appears to be an exception. Time to stop the shaming?

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The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Once a novelty in many classrooms and makerspaces, 3D printers are again flourishing as valuable classroom tools thanks to advanced technology , lower costs and more products and services geared toward K–12 education. . How Teachers and Students Use 3D Printing in Today’s Classrooms.

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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.

Introducing MIND’s Thought Leaders & Speakers

MIND Research Institute

Over the years, we’ve worked to share these ideas broadly. Our research, approach to STEM and other thought leadership can be found through our website , social media and blog. Click on a photo to view a speaker’s full profile.

The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter

Digital Promise

There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. 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. For the past decade, as professors who study the role of language and culture in education, we’ve been working to help educators understand these dynamics across all subject areas.

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Implementing a Robotics Competition in your Classroom

CUE

In the modern day, it is important to learn skills that will help your students navigate the shift from traditional, old-school technology to newer and more advanced tech. It doesn’t have to be expensive: Robotics should promote inclusivity! Get your students excited about STEM.

5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, Starr Sackstein @mssackstein shares 5 feedback strategies to supercharge your writing instruction and classroom culture. Click to download a PDF copy of the transcript or scroll down to read it right here on this page. How to empower kids to be experts.