The STEM Education Blog

Translating aspects of online instruction into the classroom

Jul 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Education Tools, STEM Learning Methodologies, Technology, Education Technology

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When many teachers transitioned to online instruction, they got to know their students in a whole new way. Through video conferencing in lessons and communicating more with students via email and discussion boards, teachers have been able to see beyond the classroom and learn more about their students’ lives and thoughts.

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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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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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North Dakota seeks to expand early online learning

Jun 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Education Tools, STEM Learning Methodologies, Technology, Education Technology

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North Dakota does not fund preschool, but the state’s superintendent of public instruction is working with her team to kickstart a kindergarten readiness program called Waterford UPSTART, which provides computers and broadband connection to rural families at no cost to them.

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