December, 2022

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Why STEM is Important for Students, Schools, and Society

Accelerate Learning

The buzz around STEM education continues to grow as teachers discover how it builds creative problem-solving through connections to real-world applications.

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Can Anti-Plagiarism Tools Detect When AI Chatbots Write Student Essays?

ED Surge

After its launch last month, ChatGPT, the latest chatbot released by OpenAI, made the rounds online. Alex, a sophomore at a university in Pittsburgh, started toying with the chatbot about a week after it was released, after finding out about it on Twitter. Within a couple of days, he got really excited by the quality of the writing it produced. The chatbot was good, he says—really good.

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10 Unusual Hour of Code Projects

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the next week, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for Hour of Code. This includes (links won’t work until the articles are posted) : An Overview of This Week. Long list of websites by grade. 10 Unusual Projects. 6 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities. Coding–that geeky subject that confounds students and frightens teachers. Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they grad

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When Computers Write Code

Computer Science Teacher

For most of my career I hive been hearing that some day computers will write all the code and human programmers will no longer be needed. Or at least, not as needed as today. Are we getting close to that time – finally? And if we are what does it mean for teaching computer science? Recently, the CS education world has been discussing GitHub Copilot.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Fresh Ideas for the New Year

Defined Learning

The start of a new year is a great time to ​t​hink about the progress we have made so far this year and consider trying some different methods and tools in our classrooms. Taking time to reflect on what has worked, what we have not tried, and areas where we may be having some challenges is important. We want to continue to reflect and implement new strategies and tools that will benefit our students and transform learning.

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CRA: Concrete, Representational, and Abstract

Accelerate Learning

The acronym CRA stands for Concrete, Representational, Abstract is an instructional framework for teaching math. The CRA method provides the best opportunity for students to master content as they progress through the three stages. There is always a situation where CRA can be used. CRA can be used at grade levels to teach any topic. Any configuration, whole class, small group, or individual, can benefit from using the CRA framework.

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Voices at the Center: Asian American Educators Rising

ED Surge

“When the murders happened in Atlanta, my school said nothing.” On March 16, 2021, a 21-year-old white man went on a targeted shooting rampage across Atlanta, driving 30 miles to three massage businesses and killing eight people, the majority of whom were Asian women. Upon capture and questioning, the shooter evoked long-standing, entrenched tropes of sexual violence, racism and misogyny to justify the slaughter.

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9 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll post updated suggestions to get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of projects you’ll swear to accomplish in New Year resolutions. Here’s what you’ll get ( links won’t be active until the post goes live ): 8+ Ways to Speed Up Your Computer — December 13th. 9 Ways to Update Your Online Presence — December 14th.

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Thoughts on Optimization of Code

Computer Science Teacher

Donald E. Knuth famously said "Premature optimization is the root of all evil." The important word there is “premature.” Optimization is not a bad thing. It isn’t always required though. The joke is that a programmer will spend hours coding a solution to a problem that can be solved in minutes manually. Is that a bad thing? It really depends on the circumstances.

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Harnessing The Power Of Math Manipulatives

Mathematics, a subject steeped in abstract concepts, often poses challenges to students, especially those in grades 5-10. But imagine a bridge that transformed this intricate maze into an interactive adventure.

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Computers, Coding, and Careers

STEM Discovery Education

Teaching technology is a wonderful and sometimes tricky endeavor. There is so much information and it’s always changing. While everything about my favorite subject is fun, in my 20-plus years of teaching computer science in a K-8 school, the one thing that has been the most exciting for me is Coding. Coding has opened the door to a variety of new activities for students, including robotics, 3D printing, and much more!

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NSO: Online Primary Christmas!

All About STEM

For the 3rd year running, the National Schools’ Observatory and Astrophysicists from Liverpool John Moores University will be broadcasting a festive space-themed event for children aged 7 – 11. Last year’s event was watched by over 7000 pupils! “Learn about habitability across the Solar System and how there is ‘Snow Place Like Home’ on our unique but fragile planet.” Expect fun facts.

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How STEM Education Contributes To Career and College Readiness

Accelerate Learning

We've previously discussed the benefits of STEM in early childhood education – but what about its benefits for students beyond secondary education? In this blog, we'll uncover the impact of STEM on college and careers. Read on to find out how STEM is shaping the future of our workforce.

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The Early Childhood Sector Could Become Education’s Most Notable Example of 'Learning Loss'

ED Surge

As 2022 turns into 2023, EdSurge asked educators and education leaders to share reflections on learning “lost” and “gained.” Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, education policymakers have debated the best ways to prevent and remedy learning loss. For our nation’s youngest learners, this loss has been multilayered, with developmental and academic losses compounded by diminished access to early childhood programs themselves.

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Downloadable Design Briefs for an Integrative STEM Curriculum

These easy-to-use design briefs outline student objectives, challenges, and materials needed to complete each 30-minute to 4-hour lesson. ITEEA’s Integrative STEM curriculum, Engineering byDesign, includes many more standards driven hands-on activities just like these!

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6 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the next week, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for your Hour of Code. This includes (links won’t work until the articles are posted) : An Overview of This Week. Long list of websites by grade. 10 Unusual Projects. 6 Unplugged Hour of Code Activities (today). These unplugged activities go back to the roots of coding. The idea started as a clever way to teach students to think critically and problem-solve.

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Looking Back and Looking Forward in CS Education 2023

Computer Science Teacher

Traditionally I write a year end look back on thee previous yest in CS education. (Last year at Looking Back on Computer Science Education in 2021 ) Honestly, that post would largely work for 2022 as well. I attended SIGCSE, CSTA, and the New England Regional CSTA conference. They were all great. There was good learning at all of them. But new stuff?

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What Does an Assistant Principal Do Again?

Middle Web

To make sure that kids, teachers, and families have what they need to be successful and joyful, Stephanie Farley details how assistant principals can show up, listen deeply, and chill out. To start, spend time with students during lunch and find ways to do some teaching. The post What Does an Assistant Principal Do Again? first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Primary Careers Resources (CEC)

All About STEM

The Careers & Enterprise Company platform can help you develop an approach that will broaden pupils’ horizons. Their resources are free to download and are from organisations that have been funded to test what works at primary level, as well as other trusted providers. You can also find a quiz tool to help you structure an embedded classroom and whole-school strategy.

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How to Use Cooperative Learning Strategies in STEM

Accelerate Learning

STEM and cooperative learning strategies go hand-in-hand. If cooperative learning is the teaching method to engage students, teach collaboration, and help build social and communication skills, then STEM provides the actual activity. Using STEM activities within a cooperative framework gets students excited to learn and helps build important skills that go beyond subject knowledge.

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Student Disengagement Has Soared Since the Pandemic. Here’s What Lectures Look Like Now

ED Surge

SAN MARCOS, Texas — As a digital media course got underway on a recent Wednesday at Texas State University, a trickle of students took their seats in one of the largest lecture theaters on campus. On paper, this was a huge class, with about 220 students registered. But there was not much buzz of activity as the class settled in. Only around 60 students showed up.

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Exploring the Need for Education Consultants in a Digital World

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has become a lot more complicated the last five years. Part of that is the impact of COVID on in-person and remote teaching. Another large part is the transparency now requested/required by parents as to what is going on in the classroom. The importance of education consultants, mentors, and teacher coaches has never been more pressing. Here’s a good article from the Ask a Tech Teacher crew on what that means and how you as an educator can confront the issues: Exploring the Need

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Coding with ChatGPT–Armstrong Numbers

Computer Science Teacher

Trying out ChatGPT seems to be all the rage these days in certain geek circles. I may even be late to the game but I tried a few things over the last couple of days. I started with one of my favorite little projects. Armstrong numbers are a form of narcissistic number which is a number that is the sum of its own digits each raised to the power of the number of digits.

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3 Fun and Effective SEL Strategies for Grades 4-8

Middle Web

Students in the middle are facing a perfect storm of stress, anxiety and overwhelm. Educators Trisha DiFazio and Allison Roeser share ways to help them grow a sense of connectedness and belonging with easy to implement SEL strategies for all content areas. Start with Battery Life! The post 3 Fun and Effective SEL Strategies for Grades 4-8 first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

All About STEM

Merry Christmas from All About STEM, STEM Ambassador Hub Merseyside & Cheshire, CREST North West & All About Futures! A HUGE thank you to all of our amazing schools, ambassadors, supporters, partners & sponsors. We couldn’t do what we do without you and we hope you have a fantastic break. We have exciting things to come in 2023, see you then!

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Any Classroom Can Be a STEM Classroom: Tips for Creating a STEM Learning Environment

Accelerate Learning

You too can create a STEM classroom where students are actively engaged in collaborating to solve problems using creativity and critical thinking.

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How Spending Downtime With My Students Has Dramatically Reshaped My Teaching

ED Surge

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher is building relationships. Getting to know my students beyond their academic capabilities and seeing them develop into well-rounded humans is a gift. I grew up surrounded by educators, and I always knew there was a special bond that develops between teachers and students. My grandmother was an elementary teacher for over 30 years (shameless brag—she taught Jay-Z who credited her in a documentary).

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Hour of Code Dec. 5th-11th

Ask a Tech Teacher

Set aside December 5-11th, 2022 for the hugely-popular Hour of code. This is a week of activities dedicated to inspiring kids to learn/love coding. This year: 1,536,702,210 will participate. 180+ countries. 44,941 events . What is it. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify that mystical geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator,

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The 12-week plan for building courses

Robert Talbert, Ph.D.

Right now, faculty are regretting the course design choices we made for Fall, and trying to make better ones for Spring. I'm in that process myself, building my Winter semester course on linear algebra and differential equations. Last week I was splitting time between working on the syllabus and calendar for this course, while entering the home stretch on my current classes.

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Male gender bias deters men from some career paths

K-12 Education News

Men are less likely to seek careers in early education and some other fields traditionally associated with women because of male gender bias in those fields.

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Supporting the Primary Curriculum – CREST

All About STEM

The British Science Association & CREST Awards offer a comprehensive guide to primary CREST which maps projects with the curriculum. “Project-based activities like those offered by CREST have been a lifeline for educators. While CREST activities are often used as enrichment tools to encourage extra-curricular student engagement with STEM subjects, many directly support learning within the science.

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How STEM Education Can Shape the Future

Accelerate Learning

The future is ultimately uncertain. We can never completely predict what will happen to the economy, the job market, and even society. But, there are some things that we know make sense when looking to the future. For one, if we, as a country, want to maintain our prominent role in science and technology discovery, we need to prepare adequately. Preparation lies in education.

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Could the U.S. Soon See a Federal Minimum Salary for Teachers?

ED Surge

Rep. Frederica Wilson has long felt that American teachers are undervalued, an opinion that developed during her time as a classroom teacher, a principal, a school board member and, eventually, as a member of Congress. And she believes the wages teachers are paid do not reflect the importance of their role in society. But Wilson, a Democrat from Florida, hopes to turn that around—starting today—with the introduction of the American Teacher Act, a bill that would establish a federal minimum salar