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Rebecca Ellis


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Integrating coding into arts-based classes

Sep 2, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Education Tools, Science, Math & Computer Science, Technology, Education Technology

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Sometimes it isn’t easy to think of ways to blend technology and the arts in one classroom. However, combining the two can be critical in helping younger students create, communicate, and collaborate, and there are plenty of ideas out there, such as the ones summarized below from STEAM coordinator Ashley Blackwelder, that have worked well for schools to combine these two important subject areas.

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Industry certifications increase employment opportunities for students

Aug 26, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Careers and CTE, Promoting Interest in STEM

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Industry certifications enable students to receive the skills that will earn them a high-paying, in-demand job when they graduate from high school, whether it be in manufacturing, finance, technology, culinary arts, health care or another field.

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Using discussions about math to improve student proficiency

Aug 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in Promoting Interest in STEM, Science, Math & Computer Science, STEM Learning Methodologies

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On paper, math problems can be confusing and difficult to think through. Because of this, students are now being encouraged to talk about their math thinking. According to this article in Edutopia, math conversations not only make the math problems easier for students to understand, but they also help the instructor better evaluate student progress.

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Best practices for fostering student collaboration

Aug 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Education Tools, STEM Learning Methodologies

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The past several months of e-learning have reinforced the importance of student collaboration. Whether students are in the classroom or not, it’s important to provide opportunities to work as a team and learn social-emotional learning skills. Technology can be a great way to accomplish this. In her District Administration article, Rachelle Dene Poth detailed her recommendations for creating a collaborative environment, which we’ve summarized here.

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Making the perfect ed-tech choice for your school

Aug 5, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Tools, STEM Education Tools, Technology, STEMtechnology, Education Technology

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With the pandemic came a rush for getting ed-tech software to make the transition to digital instruction easier. However, as many made rash purchase decisions, they quickly realized that the more research you put in, the better product you’re going to get. According to Canvas’ Trenton Goble, whose tips in District Administration we’ve summarized below, there are ultimately three things to look for when making an ed-tech purchase decision: security, scalability, and support.

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