June, 2023

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Engage Students with Science: 5 Project-Based Learning Activities

Accelerate Learning

Learning about alternate teaching strategies is always exciting, especially when they can demonstrate proven results to engage students better. After the excitement wanes, the challenge is figuring out how to integrate this strategy into your existing curriculum and/or rewrite it completely. For those who have gotten a glimpse of project-based learning and want to try it, you don’t have to start with creating a project-based learning curriculum.

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Georgia Tech Is Trying to Keep a ChatGPT-Powered Teaching Assistant From ‘Hallucinating’

ED Surge

A college probably wouldn’t hire a teaching assistant who tends to lie to students about course content or deadlines. So despite the recent buzz about how new AI software like ChatGPT could serve as a helper in classes, there’s widespread concern about the tendency of the technology to simply make up facts. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology think they may have a way to keep the chatbots honest.

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Are you as Tech-Smart as a Fifth Grader?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I taught technology to kindergarten through eighth graders for almost fifteen years (now I teach grad school classes). Parents and colleagues were constantly amazed that I could get the littlest learners to pay attention, remember, and have fun with the tech skills required to grow into competent, enthusiastic examples of the digital generation. I have a confession to make: It’s not as hard as it looks.

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ISTELive 23: What’s Going On? Some Big Announcements from Microsoft

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter ISTE has always been an important source of learning for me, and any year I can come to the live conference is a good year for me in terms of innovation. When June 1 came around, I knew. I knew I was walking well and pain-free enough to go to ISTELive 23. While I wasn't ready last fall to commit (and didn't submit to present anything), I've been using AI in my classroom and kicked off 80 Days of AI (which will be con

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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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Conversations on AI in Education

Computer Science Teacher

Pat Yongpradit from Code.Org tweeted an image of what they are seeing in conversations about AI and Education. (The link on the image below goes to that tweet) Now I am not having the detailed conversations with policy makers that Pat is but these boxes pretty much match what I am seeing in my social media these days. That bottom right hand box is where I’d like to see myself and others but it feels like people in power are more on the left hand column.

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The Impact of Literacy in Science

Accelerate Learning

When thinking about your curriculum, certain words always seem to go together — problem with solving, math and principles, but what you don’t often hear paired together is science and literacy. Aren’t they two different subjects? Yes, and no. While you most often think of literacy as part of an English or reading curriculum, being able to read and write plays a massive role in science.

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Why Schools Should Teach Philosophy, Even to Little Kids

ED Surge

Little kids make better philosophers than most adults. That’s the surprising argument made by Scott Hershovitz, a professor of philosophy and law at the University of Michigan. And he worries that too often, teachers and other adults brush off or ignore kids when they ask things like, “Are we all just a figment of someone else’s dream?” “Kids are new to the world, and they're constantly puzzled by it,” says Hershovitz.

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High School and Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

In this article, discover how high school education is shifting towards personalized learning. Gain insight into the strategies administrators are using to meet the changing needs of teen students. The Future of High School Education: Navigating the Shift to Personalized Learning High school – a time of excitement, curiosity, exploration and growth.

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Unlocking AI’s Potential: Live Blog #ISTELive

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This post will be a live post of the Microsoft “mini keynote” about Unlocking AI's potential. It will go from the oldest items at the top to the newest at the bottom. I will work to make sure everything is correct, but it may be a pretty fast post. I'll go back and revise and update afterwards and will note what is updated.

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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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Let’s Try it and Find Out

Computer Science Teacher

Facebook memories reminded me of a frequent conversation I had with students. They would ask me what would happen if they tried something and I would answer “I don’t know. Let’s try it and see.” Students often expect teachers to know everything. Well, if they believe their teacher is a real content knowledge expert. Of course there is more to be known than can ever be known.

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14-25? Join The CEC Youth Advisory Group

All About STEM

Are you passionate about career education? Are you 14-25 years old and want your voice heard? The Careers and Enterprise Company is recruiting the 2023 cohort of their Youth Advisory Group. “We are looking to bring together a group with a wide diversity of educational and training backgrounds who are passionate about ensuring all young people receive brilliant careers support throughout their time.

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Student-Centered Instructional Strategies For Science

Accelerate Learning

Teaching science requires more than merely imparting knowledge; it involves encouraging students' critical thinking skills, natural curiosity, and passion for science as a lifelong pursuit. To achieve these objectives, educators must adopt student-centered strategies that are highly engaging, demonstrate positive results on standardized tests, and promote the development of skills that can be applied to higher education and careers.

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Why Colleges Should Pay Attention to Strikes by Their Most Precarious Teachers

ED Surge

There’s a news story in higher ed that’s not getting enough attention. The nation’s adjuncts are rising up. Just a few weeks ago at Rutgers University, for instance, adjuncts, grad students and others held a five-day strike over unequal treatment compared to other academic employees. In the end, after a year of contract negotiations, they won a big jump in pay and benefits.

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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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What is a Growth Mindset?

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s no secret many parents are frustrated with public schools. Are kids learning to think or just to pass tests? Are they spending classroom time wisely or just doing what’s always been done? Are we developing lifelong learners or kids who can’t wait to graduate? If this describes you, you’re not alone in your concerns, but there’s hope.

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4 Ways to Reclaim Our Optimism for Our Schools

Middle Web

As we close the 2022-23 school year many educators are asking, “How do we reset the positivity and passion we once had in our profession?” It’s a good question, writes educator and speaker Dr. Debbie Silver, author of Deliberate Optimism. She shares four rallying principles. The post 4 Ways to Reclaim Our Optimism for Our Schools first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Toy Making and Hacking Camp

User Generated Education

Each summer, I teach a toy making and hacking camp for 3rd through 6th graders. It is three hours per day for five days. I enjoy offering “the public” similar activities as I do with my gifted students during the school year. I know there are rewards for the kids while engaging in hands-on/minds-on learning. I also get rewarded by observing students do activities I developed and/or found.

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Parent Perspective Podcast 3: Amazing Apprenticeships

All About STEM

Fantastic news! Series 3 of the Parent Perspective Podcast starts next week! In each podcast, Amazing Apprenticeships cover all of the questions that parents & carers have about the options available to their children. The new series begins with careers talks with the NHS & Metropolitan Police. You can subscribe to the podcast on your preferred platform or on Spotify here.

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The Importance of Science Safety

Accelerate Learning

The science lab is a fun and exciting place for students. It’s where they get hands-on with science and learn how to conduct an experiment. It’s also a place with much potential for accidents. Any time students participate in a lab setting, a new set of safety rules come into play, and implementing and following those rules are necessary for a positive learning experience.

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How Augmented Reality Helps Teachers Reach More Students

ED Surge

Augmented reality (AR) continues to gain importance in our everyday lives. In the classroom, AR technology can enhance learning by providing students with interactive and immersive experiences, improving their understanding of complex concepts and enabling them to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios. The use of AR can make learning more accessible while increasing the engagement of all students.

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June is Internet Safety Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

June is National Internet Safety Month , thanks to a resolution passed in 2005 by the U.S. Senate. The goal is to raise awareness about online safety for all, with a special focus on kids ranging from tots to teens. Children are just as connected to the Internet as adults. This is a great list of internet cautions I got from an online efriend a few years ago.

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Embrace Summer Learning Opportunities About STEM

Defined Learning

With the school year ending, it does not mean that learning has to stop. During the summer, students and educators have extra time to relax and recharge, but it is also a good opportunity to take advantage of some learning experiences.

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Discovery Education’s EdTech News Roundup – June 12

STEM Discovery Education

Hello, June! For many teachers and students, June marks the end of a school year and the start of a much-deserved summer break. Stay connected to what’s going on in EdTech by reading DE’s roundup of the latest news: From K12 to Career Still on ESSER Insights from Experts From K12 to Career When considering […] The post Discovery Education’s EdTech News Roundup – June 12 appeared first on Discovery Education Blog.

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November 2023: Protecting Our Planet Day!

All About STEM

Save the date! STEM Learning’s Protecting Our Planet Day returns on the 30th of November 2023. POP23 promises to be packed with inspiration and classroom activities. Last year’s live stream was a huge success with schools logging in to inspirational talks with climate change experts, live link-ups and workshops. On November 30th, STEM Learning and the UK’s Climate Change Educational Partnership.

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Solving Problems in Science: How the Driving Question Motivates Students In PBL

Accelerate Learning

Teachers using the project-based learning approach generally agree that creating the driving question for a project is the hardest part of the process. It’s true! It’s a challenge to create a question that’s a great hook to engage students, meets your learning objectives and standards, and has enough content and “meat” to catalyze a rich, meaningful process of exploration.

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The Future Belongs to Online Learners — But Only If Programs Can Help Them Succeed

ED Surge

Jeff Maggioncalda, the CEO of Coursera, can’t hide his excitement about AI. He has ChatGPT on his phone and his iPad, and our 45-minute conversation is peppered with references to Coursera’s newest personal learning assistant, “Coach.” The interview culminates with an on-the-spot demonstration. “Coach is going to be both reactive and proactive for learners.

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How Much Screen Time is Okay for Kids on the Evenings and Weekends?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Screen time for kids is a huge discussion among parents and teachers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Ages 0-18 months: No screen time at all, except for video chatting. Ages 18-24 months: One hour of high-quality, interactive screen time per day, such as educational programming or video chatting. Ages 2-5: One hour of screen time per day, with a focus on high-quality, interactive content.

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PLCs Help Teachers to Plan Collaboratively

Middle Web

Michael Roberts demonstrates his understanding that proficient students can be taken to higher levels that keep them motivated and inquisitive. The learning extensions and planning strategies he provides will help educators do just that, writes teacher Jacqueline Barreras. The post PLCs Help Teachers to Plan Collaboratively first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Searching for a Sign in Space

STEM Education Works

Are we alone in the universe? Well, not sure if you knew this, but just recently we received an alien message from Mars! Well, kinda. Last month on May 24 th , the European Space Agency and SETI teamed up to conduct an experiment to see just how prepared we Earthlings would be if, one day, we were to ever receive an alien message from the depths of outer space – a sort of “fire drill” to prepare for the real thing.