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STEM at Home

Sep 16, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Hoffa posted in STEM Curriculum Resources, STEM Education Tools, STEM Learning Methodologies, Professional Development

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Whether you are a teacher facing the challenge of virtual or hybrid instruction, or a parent homeschooling your child, the reality is that remote learning can be difficult. STEM learning can be even more challenging since students may not have equitable access to technologies and devices. In this post, we will focus on ways to incorporate STEM activities at home while maintaining high levels of engagement and learning.

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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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Bridging the equity gap when adapting CTE to online environments

Jul 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Learning Methodologies, Technology, STEMtechnology, Education Technology

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, classes transitioned online. While a lot of classes made successful transitions, the quality of many career technical education classes was inhibited due to the inability to provide necessary machinery. According to an article in District Administration, concerns have arisen about how lack of proper CTE training will impact students’ college and career readiness and how much the equity gap will increase.

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E-learning caused many educators to rethink their message about ed-tech

Jul 22, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Learning Methodologies, Technology, STEMtechnology, Education Technology

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With March’s sudden shift to e-learning due to COVID-19, educators became entirely reliant on ed-tech to teach their students. While there were many bumps with this transition, there also came the reminder to many of the benefits of screens, such as connection and simulation. This, according to District Administration, is causing some to rethink the “engagement” message as ed-tech’s main draw.

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