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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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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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).

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).

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. 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.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how STEM and entrepreneurship impact learning both in and out of the classroom. Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers, and administrators about STEM + entrepreneurship in the curriculum.

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.

How is STEM Education Shaping the Future of our Science Classes?

EdNews Daily

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.

CEOs See Apprenticeships as Wave of Future for Workforce Skills

Marketplace K-12

More K-12 and post-secondary schools should consider apprenticeships as part of their educational programs, according to a panel sponsored by the Business Roundtable. Marketplace K-12 International/Global Education skills gap STEM

The link between arts-based learning and STEM

eSchool News

” 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

eSchool News

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

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Angela Peery has been an educator 31 years and has served as a secondary English teacher, secondary administrator, instructional coach, turnaround specialist, curriculum developer, and consultant.

Dept. of Ed launches makerspace design challenge with $200,000 in prizes

eSchool News

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

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

EdNews Daily

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.

Oklahoma district boasts ‘best in state’ STEM innovation labs

eSchool News

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

eSchool News

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

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

3 ways innovative schools advance maker learning for all

eSchool News

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

7 innovative 3D printers for the classroom

eSchool News

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.

6 ways to support computer science education

eSchool News

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.

#03: Science Kits with Love from Kansas to Haiti

The CoolCatTeacher

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 biggest challenge facing education is teaching for a future that is unknown.” – Ben Eilenberg, Australia

Daily Edventures

Teacher/STEM Coordinator/Media Coordinator. Ben Eilenberg may have come from a teaching family (his father was a lecturer, his mother a speech pathologist, and his sisters are secondary teachers), but he wasn’t prepared for what he experienced at one of his first teaching jobs. “I

The Virtual High School: Global Online Classrooms

Class Tech Tips

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

Edsurge

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

Discovery Education

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

eSchool News

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.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

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.

Men behaving badly

Dangerously Irrelevant

How are our secondary schools fostering meaningful discussions with our young men about online respect, digital citizenship, and face-to-face treatment of girls and women that result in actual conversations and reflection, not just trite slogans, hectoring, and finger-wagging from adults? .

Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

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.

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“I learn a lot from my students – their minds process new learnings faster than mine.” – Soma Singh, India

Daily Edventures

Science Teacher in Secondary School; Innovation Club and International Activities Leader. Soma Singh. Delhi Public School Ghaziabad. Ghaziabad, India. somasinghdpsg. Soma Singh was born into a family of educators, so you could say she was born to be a teacher. “I

OPINION: Higher Ed’s juggling act — Giving more low- and middle-income students better opportunities, while still cutting costs

The Hechinger Report

Related: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment. A post-secondary education should not just be for those who can afford it. Over the last several decades, many colleges and universities have been aggressive players in an amenities arms race.

5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

She has made the Bammy Awards finals for Secondary High School Educator in 2014 and for blogging in 2015. So maybe with kids you start with certain stem depending on how old your students are.

Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children

MindShift

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.

OPINION: Why we need to know more, not less, about what students get from college

The Hechinger Report

Related: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment. In 2013, the White House decided that the nation needed a rating system that would evaluate the approximately 7,000 post-secondary institutions that participate in federal student-aid programs.

A Glimpse of the Future: What the K-12 Classroom Will Look Like in 2025

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

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?

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. Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News McClatchy News STEM

Rethinking education and assessment for truly personalized learning – Brian Aspinall, Canada

Daily Edventures

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

Edsurge

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 .

3 Injustices in Education

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

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.

The Edtech Industry Has 'Created a Mess'—Q&A with Mike Dorsey and Alan November

Edsurge

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.