Design Thinking + STEM = Student Engagement!

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Every year there seems to be some toy that fascinates the majority of K-5 students at my school. Whatever the "toy of the year" is, students all around the playground can be found playing and discussing it.

3 strategies to keep students engaged in STEM

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STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is more than just an acronym or a collection of letters. The importance of STEM is further validated by its prominence in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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How Can Schools Empower Girls to Pursue STEM?

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Female representation in STEM continues to be low. Exposure is key when districts and schools want to empower girls to pursue STEM; where can they start? The post How Can Schools Empower Girls to Pursue STEM?

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The Difference a Game Makes in Student Engagement [Video]

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It’s no secret that successfully engaging students requires educators to perform a tricky balancing act. Oversimplify a lesson and students may tune out, but plan a lesson that’s too challenging and students may become frustrated and give up.

Turn Up Your STEM Power This Year

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Ready to power up your STEM instruction? STEM by Design blogger Anne Jolly will get you up to date with a collection of her posts on NGSS, Career and Tech Ed, math in STEM, and assessment insights.

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How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos

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Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors,” he says. Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors. All students can benefit from being able to pause, slow, or re-watch videos, says Miller.

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Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

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Recently, we interviewed three 5th grade teachers who shared more about the transformational role technology plays in student engagement at PWCS. Just yesterday we were discovering features we never knew before [from our students].

How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture

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I was in my fifth year of teaching at Forest Ridge, an independent all-girls school serving students in grades 5-12 in Bellevue, Wash., and I was feeling isolated in a room with students who didn’t seem to want to engage with my class, despite all my efforts to bring enthusiasm and passion to my work. The learning environment was tense, my students were angsty and I didn't have the information or strategies to make it better. Anonymous student.

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A Student Improved a Classroom Tech Solution—So the Company Hired Him

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Tom Sargent, the information technology administrator at the King David School outside of Melbourne, had seen students try to tweak the school’s technology systems before. Students will try nearly anything to get around the systems,” says Sargent. “I

For Today’s Kids, Playing Nintendo in the Classroom Isn’t Just a Dream

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The gaming devices aren’t being treated as contraband anymore, at least not in the 100 K-12 schools that have welcomed Nintendo products into their classrooms this year to help students develop collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. But after receiving immediate and emphatic feedback that teachers enjoyed using Nintendo Labo with their students, the two organizations decided to expand the scope to 100 teachers in 100 different U.S.

An Interactive Tool Empowers High Schoolers To Take Control of Career Planning

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Our job as educators is to inspire and inform our students. She runs the Valley Center High School internship program and helps students gain valuable work experience and career knowledge before they head off to college and careers.

Greasy Hands and Safety Glasses: The Adventures of a High School Robotics Team

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A science instructor shares the adventures of her robotics team, which helps students develop important skills and explore STEM subjects in a fun way. Outside the Classroom keeping students engaged robotics robotics team STEAM STEM Student Success

Want to Solve our STEM Skills Problem? Bring in the Professionals

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Recent Australian studies show there’s a decline in student participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in high school. We want more of our students to take up STEM in schools and universities so we have a steady stream of graduates skilled in these areas for the future. Teachers can have a strong influence on studentsengagement and interest in STEM subjects, and on how they view maths and science in terms of future careers.

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

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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.

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STEM Programs Must Not Leave Math Behind!

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Guest expert Dr. Susan Pruet stresses the need to stretch beyond simple arithmetic to incorporate more challenging math content in STEM lessons. Pruet also cites the supports middle grades math teachers will need to spark student engagement in STEM careers.

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Open (Lab) Doors with Virtual Science Labs for Students of All Ages

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The post Open (Lab) Doors with Virtual Science Labs for Students of All Ages appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Inside the Classroom keeping students engaged NGSS STEAM STEM Teaching Strategies technology in the classroom virtual learning virtual science labs

At the Top of Teachers’ Wish Lists? Tactile STEM Projects, Flexible Furniture and Books

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That idea gave way to DonorsChoose.org , a nonprofit where teachers can create projects and request resources to help their students, and then donors come in to put up the funds. For starters, teachers are increasingly showing an interest in projects related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), a reflection of a national trend in education. They’re more tactile, hands-on ways for students to learn computer science.”

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Three Ways to Support Educators Who Hate to Teach Writing

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The lack of practice adds up; by 8th grade, just 27% of students are at or above a proficient level of writing. In a rigorous analysis of employee performance, Google found STEM skills have the lowest impact on employee success. Instead, the organization values traits like critical thinking, empathy, and thoughtful communication—above STEM competencies. One sixth grade teacher told me, “Many of my students are reluctant writers.

3 Tips to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning Into Everyday Literacy Instruction

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Whether students are reading literature about a character’s challenging journey, or learning to persevere through a difficult word problem, resilience is always relevant to a student’s—and teacher’s—journey. By teaching skills ranging from self-management to responsible decision-making , educators can instill in students the positive mindsets, resilience, and grit they need to succeed in school and in life. Kid President is a perennial favorite of teachers and students alike.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

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My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters

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students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. Now a soon-to-be released study from Vanderbilt University demonstrates the impact of rigorous, peer reviewed research into curricular tools, in this case showing that students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. There are a lot of opinions and fads in education, and they are not serving students well. “In an] innovation that I have seen benefit my students,” he says.

Part 5… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to the second post of March and the fifth in a series of 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. Part 4 A list that now supplies up to 40 STEM sites.

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Early Learning Faces Obstacles and Inequities—Here's How Edtech Can Help

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Edtech for early learners has come a long way since then, but our just-released compilation of research—what we call a Market Gap Snapshot —makes clear there is still a lot of room to expand and improve edtech solutions to address obstacles facing our youngest students. Early learners—students in pre-kindergarten through second grade—have developmental needs that are markedly different from older students.

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Using Games to Teach Core Science Concepts

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Faced with students struggling to learn complex science ideas in traditional ways, middle school teacher John Coveyou turned to classroom gaming as a solution.

Franklin County School District and Discovery Education Bring STEM Education to the District

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August 28, 2018) – Florida’s Franklin County School District (FCSD) announced today that it is teaming up with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, on a new initiative supporting STEM education across the district.

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5 teacher-loved technology tools to meet STEM NGSS standards

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The Science and Engineering Practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) require students to ‘obtain, evaluate, and communicate information’ (NGSS Lead States, 2013). Have privacy mechanisms to ensuring students’ work is secure.

Why one district’s students studied only STEM for a week

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For one week in October, students in Boston’s public middle schools—6,500 students in 36 schools–set aside their regular lessons and participated in Boston STEM Week , a hands-on, in-depth program connecting students with real-world examples of STEM in action.

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From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning

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They had already begun a process of designing a new middle school, called Nexus Middle School, to be a STEM-based school that incorporated personalized learning. They entered the program with a real desire to focus deeply on what it meant to have a more effective personalized learning experience in math—including everything from curriculum design and the use of technology to the roles of teachers and students in the classroom and the adoption of “passion projects.”

Boxlight to Host Third Annual “Boxlight STEM Day” on November 8

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– Between 2005 and 2015, STEM employment grew by 24.4 percent, over five times more than non-STEM employment over the same period. This means the majority of new jobs will be in STEM fields, and educators have to prepare students for a workforce that will be vastly different from today.

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Global STEM Alliance is Encouraging Students to be a New Kind of Billionaire

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In order to combat this issue the NYAS’ Global STEM Alliance (GSA), in partnership with the Aspen Institute , created the Social Impact Challenge to encourage the brightest STEM students around the world to become billionaires—but not in the traditional understanding of the word. If each student engages in a social impact action pledge and touches ten to a thousand people each, we will soon be at 1 billion people that we can influence for social good.”.

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Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative

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- Unique Digital Content Combined with Sustained Professional Development to Help Create Vibrant Culture of STEM in Participating Schools - Silver Spring, Md. Through the “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative, RISD seeks to transform the Berkner Feeder Pattern’s culture and pedagogy.

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Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists

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As technology use has increased in schools, so has the breadth of innovations aimed at improving learning—for example, by personalizing to the needs of each student. In order to fully leverage research to improve learning outcomes for all students, we must fundamentally shift the relationship between learning research and educational practice. We are learning how affect and social engagement are integral to the learning process.

Florida’s Franklin County School District and Discovery Education Team Up on New Effort to Engage Students in STEM Education

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- Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Resources and Innovative Professional Learning System to Support the Creation of a Culture of STEM Teaching and Learning Districtwide- Silver Spring, Md. The Wire k12 education young learners STEM Education

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New Mexico’s Carlsbad Municipal Schools Expands Relationship with Discovery Education to Support STEM Education

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New Mexico’s Carlsbad Municipal Schools (CMS) announced today it is expanding its partnership with Discovery Education for 3 more years to support a new K-12 STEM strategy set for implementation in 10 district schools.

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California’s Beaumont Unified School District Selects Discovery Education to Support STEM Teaching and Learning in District Elementary School

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- Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Comprehensive Professional Development System to Create Authentic STEM Teaching and Learning Environments for Elementary Students- Silver Spring, Md. The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM/STEAM resources.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

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–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. With these resources, students will learn about biofuels, electric vehicles, cool roofs, energy efficient data centers, clean energy manufacturing, and more.

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Visual Math Brightens the Future of the STEM Workforce

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As a father who’s watched three daughters grow and learn, I’ve realized that qualities like rigor and perseverance are not only for preparing students to take tests. This neuroscience and social benefit organization is transforming the way students engage with mathematics and support their interests in other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields — the industries that are building a brighter future for us all.

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Ten Ideas To Take Students Beyond That STEM Activity… And Towards The Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As we begin, I would like to provide some ideas that might just turn up the learning in the area of STEM education. Workshop: The Verbs of PBL, STEM and STEAM: Dewey Meets Technology. Ten Ideas To Take Students Beyond That STEM Activity… And Towards The Standards – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech.wordpress.com). I am a big advocate of student engagement, exploration, and inquiry. Afterall, it is the standards that students will be tested on.

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5 teacher-loved technology tools to meet STEM NGSS standards

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The Science and Engineering Practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) require students to ‘obtain, evaluate, and communicate information’ (NGSS Lead States, 2013). As students engage in argumentation, verbal reasoning, and explaining with evidence, it is critical that they have access to dynamic technology tools to promote and guide such communication. Uncategorized digital tools STEM teaching tool technology in the classroom technology tools