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Real-world project-based learning connects students and community

Jul 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in Social-Conscious STEM, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, students in the Houston-area district of Klein ISD approached the damage as an “innovation challenge” and worked to build prototypes of flood barriers to attempt to protect their communities from future storms and wreckage. The students referred to their team as the “Water Warriors.”

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Facial recognition sparks debate in schools

Jul 1, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in Science, Math & Computer Science, Technology, STEMtechnology, TechED, Education Technology

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Many K-12 schools are choosing to install facial recognition as a means of added security for the school. However, some individuals question how much good the use of facial recognition is actually bringing to the school, causing a divide in the reception of the technology.

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In preparing students for the workforce, schools are facing challenges

Jun 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, STEM Learning Methodologies

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Schools have been shifting curriculum to help students develop the skills they need in the future workforce. Rather than simply teaching concepts, teachers are trying to focus more on the real-world application of those concepts. However, there are some challenges in preparing students for the world of work.

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STAR Library Education Network funds STEM learning in public libraries

Jun 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Education Tools, Technology, Education Technology, Library of Things

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STAR Library Education Network (STAR-Net) is one of several federally sponsored initiatives to bring STEM learning to public libraries. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and consists of interactive exhibits, education and outreach programs, and professional development opportunities for librarians and instructors.

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Is technology helping or hindering students in the classroom?

Jun 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Learning Methodologies, Technology, STEMtechnology, TechED, Education Technology

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Technology has become increasingly common in the classroom, to the point where some teachers and students cannot imagine education without it. However, the question of whether the pros of digital device use outweigh the cons has risen to the surface.

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