6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
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
6 ways to improve PD in STEM for every grade level
DECEMBER 7, 2016
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).
Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit
MARCH 30, 2015
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.
7 ways data collection is improving STEM education
JANUARY 3, 2016
STEM classes in particular have a natural potential to be both tech-rich and inquiry-based, especially hands-on lab activities. Here are 7 ways technology is enhancing and expanding STEM education in our school district. One exciting way we’re infusing technology into STEM education is through our district’s Innovations Labs. Expanding our use of the devices has helped immensely in preparing students for college and careers, and our local post-secondary partners are thrilled.
How is STEM Education Shaping the Future of our Science Classes?
APRIL 22, 2017
As more school districts focus on STEM education, there is room to improve. What is STEM education? Simply, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). STEM education promotes a realm of benefits. Promoting STEM Education Awareness.
Part 3: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 25 STEM and PBL Competitions
21st Century Educational Technology and Learning
JULY 11, 2016
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.
The link between arts-based learning and STEM
AUGUST 9, 2016
” Working with Worcester, MA high school students and early career STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professionals from San Diego, the results were compiled through a series of experimental studies testing AoSL’s hypothesis: that integrating the arts into STEM innovation training results in enhanced individual creative thinking skills, increased collaborative behaviors, and more robust team innovation outcomes.
The 10-day summer STEM program improving science instruction
NOVEMBER 4, 2016
Tesha Frederick sees the endless possibilities of teaching science, thanks to a University of Wyoming (UW) program that promotes STEM careers. Next page: How the program helps teachers build STEM skills to pass on to students. News Professional Development STEM
Dept. of Ed launches makerspace design challenge with $200,000 in prizes
MARCH 16, 2016
billion for career and technical education programs in grades 7-12 and in post-secondary institutions. Education Grants and School Funding Grants and Funding Innovation Corner STEM Department of Education maker makerspace STEM competitions
Oklahoma district boasts ‘best in state’ STEM innovation labs
MARCH 14, 2016
Maker spaces, science labs, and touch screens help students conduct real-world STEM. million contribution to the Bartlesville Public School District to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) labs at Bartlesville’s three secondary schools. McClatchy STEM
5 state policies to sustain computer science education
JANUARY 12, 2017
Asa Hutchinson, convened a group of state legislators, secondary and postsecondary education leaders to formulate policies and actions that positively support computer science. million STEM jobs will be computer-related. Policy Resource STEM Top News
Math Modeling: Why are We Missing it in High School?
AUGUST 4, 2016
By now increasing the time limit from three days to fifteen, AoCMM ensures that all competitors can thoroughly elaborate on every idea they have in their paper while facing a level of pressure similar to that in professional STEM fields.
7 ways schools can get creative with STEAM
OCTOBER 4, 2015
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
3 ways innovative schools advance maker learning for all
JULY 15, 2016
The Iowa City Community School District will open makerspaces in each of its six secondary attendance centers. 21st Century Skills Digital Learning and Tools Innovation Corner STEM digital promise maker education maker movement
6 ways to support computer science education
JUNE 2, 2016
The authors offer a series of recommendations for federal and state policymakers to leverage this momentum: • Reform curricula for existing technology classes to focus on core concepts of computer science in primary and secondary schools.
7 innovative 3D printers for the classroom
APRIL 12, 2015
In fact, from 2011 to 2015, government business intelligence company Onvia awarded $1,809,298 in 3D printer and supply contracts to 44 primary, secondary and higher education institutions and school districts across the United States.
#03: Science Kits with Love from Kansas to Haiti
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Matthew Clay is a secondary science teacher at Ness City, Kansas Schools and a doctoral student in education at the University of Northern Colorado researching environmental experiences. 10-minute Teacher Show Flat Classroom Get Connected STEM Teaching
The Virtual High School: Global Online Classrooms
Class Tech Tips
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
The Virtual High School has created global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators. They offer Advanced Placement classes, unique electives, and STEM courses.
These Community Colleges Are Still Fulfilling the American Dream
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
They rallied around me on my post-secondary journey, which prepared me for my eventual career promoting equity in education. Not only do these schools serve the varied needs of their local communities, which include adult education and programming to enrich the lives of local residents, they play a critical role in providing an on-ramp to post-secondary education for students who have the talent and will to pursue a college education.
Powerful Practices: Q&A with St. Vrain Schools’ Michael O’Toole on Fostering Future Scientists
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Vrain Valley schools, has a vision for how STEM can be applied across all subjects to build a stronger foundation for future learners. Vrain, and where he sees the future of STEM heading. STEM/STEAM programs have really taken off across the country in recent years. At St.
Esri releases free online activities for Earth Science
JUNE 15, 2015
GISetc is an award-winning, longstanding publisher of GIS curricula materials for primary and secondary school students. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM Top NewsNew Earth Science materials helps students map what they learn.
Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course
NOVEMBER 9, 2015
Nevils, a former AP physics teacher with both the Houston and Spring Branch independent school districts, previously served as assistant director of Rice’s Office of STEM Engagement and leader of the Rice Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching program.
Computer science courses still a rarity in California
MARCH 28, 2016
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. Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News McClatchy News STEM
A Glimpse of the Future: What the K-12 Classroom Will Look Like in 2025
Ed Tech from the Ground Up
JULY 12, 2016
This week I’ll be on a panel discussing the Future Classroom at this year’s STEM Summit hosted by Towson University. Here are three important questions that deserve the most attention as we look to the future of secondary education: How will student evaluation change?
CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown
OCTOBER 9, 2016
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.
Teachers Want Better Ed-Tech Science Tools. Will the Market Provide Them?
JULY 21, 2016
Far too many jobs in science are going unfilled; for instance, not enough minority students are jumping into science, technology, engineering, and math, or “STEM” careers, the authors say. Teachers crave K-12 products that will help them teach science in engaging and in-depth ways.
This tool boosts science, engineering interest
DECEMBER 21, 2015
Hannah Strobl likes animals and dreams of becoming a veterinarian, and recently, she was clicking through a specialized online STEM teaching tool at a snappy pace. Learning Blade students are 37 percent more likely to consider a STEM career, she said.
Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children
JANUARY 20, 2017
Spatial thinking is an important predictor of achievement in STEM careers. Research shows that spatial thinking is an important predictor of achievement in the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (Wai, Lubinski, & Benbow, 2009). Currently, many countries are concerned by the low numbers of post-secondary students, particularly female students, entering these disciplines.
Urgency with Coding Now for the Future
JUNE 4, 2016
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
South Carolina adopts science video service
JANUARY 10, 2016
Supplementary STEM videos serve to engage students in science learning. These supplemental STEM resources can enhance science curriculum connecting science teaching and learning to career and college readiness.
Rethinking education and assessment for truly personalized learning – Brian Aspinall, Canada
OCTOBER 26, 2015
The path I’m on right now is about content creation and getting kids to solve problems systematically and logically through computer science and STEM, both at the elementary and secondary levels,” Aspinall tells me. “I’m
How Do We Know When Technology Helps—or Hurts—the Classroom? Educators at ISTE Weigh In
JUNE 30, 2016
Similarly, over in Minnesota, a K-6 STEM teacher named Rachel Pierson relies on feedback from the students themselves. “If Rachel Pierson, K-6 STEM Teacher. Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, felt the same. Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District .
The Edtech Industry Has 'Created a Mess'—Q&A with Mike Dorsey and Alan November
JULY 5, 2016
EdSurge caught up briefly with November and Mike Dorsey, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, at ISTE for this week's podcast. Mary Jo Madda ( @MJMadda ) is Senior Editor at EdSurge, as well as a former STEM teacher and administrator. Alan November is a big-name educational consultant who was once a champion of technology in the classroom.
Part 4: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities
21st Century Educational Technology and Learning
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. Back channel refers to the idea of a secondary discussion happening in the same environment as a primary presentation or demonstration.
Influential Educator Keynotes Southeast Powerful Practices Event
OCTOBER 24, 2016
They also shared digital instructional practices in social studies, math, science, and STEM. director of secondary curriculum and instruction, Marietta City Schools, Ga. Classroom Content Curriculum experts Georgia Insights and Conversations Programs and Events Atlanta disciplinary literacy Erin Gruwell Freedom Writers Powerful Practices STEM Virtual RealityClassroom, curriculum, and central office leaders from across the Southeast and beyond met in Atlanta, Ga.,
3 Injustices in Education
Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts
JANUARY 14, 2017
The lack of engagement might stem from a learning challenge (academic), it might be personal challenges at home (social/emotional), or it might be that the student doesn’t feel connected to the school, peers or teacher.
Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
At the secondary level scenes like this are less frequent. My excitement about blended learning stemmed from the realization that learning, both inside and outside of my classroom, can take many different forms.