March, 2024

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We Need More Math Teachers. Here’s How to Prepare Them for Life in the Classroom.

ED Surge

During the day, I teach Algebra I classes to high school freshmen in Springfield, Missouri. One night per week, I teach preservice elementary school teachers who serve as paraprofessionals at K-12 schools in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and California through Reach University. Reach University offers adults employed in schools and other workplaces the opportunity to earn a unique bachelor’s degree that embraces work experience as part of the learning process.

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Invention Convention 2024 is coming

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Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education curricular program mapped to national and state educational standards that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship for life. Signups for the annual Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention US Nationals start March 29, 2024 (that’s today–publication day for this article).

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Top 7 Benefits of Play-Based Learning In Early Childhood Education

Accelerate Learning

The idea of a play-based curriculum may sound counterintuitive. “Play” suggests giving children free rein to explore and discover based on their own interests and curiosities. Some teachers may use it as a natural brain break in their classrooms and brief pause to academic instruction.

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Unlock the Secrets: Expert Homework Hacks for Busy Parents

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Brian Page, a former Milken National Educator of the Year with 15 years of experience in the education field. Brian is the creator of the Homework Hacks Course , designed to equip students aged 13 to 20 with research-backed homework hacks and independent learning strategies.

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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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Pangrams Anyone?

Computer Science Teacher

Regular readers of this blog know that I have been doing the New York Times Spelling bee ( Computer Science Teacher: Spelling Bee Solver Project ). Actually, I do it with my wife who gets most of the words. Anyway, one of the special types of words in the puzzle is called a pangram. Now officially, a pangram is a sentence that includes all of the letters in the alphabet.

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What Brings Gen Z to the Library?

ED Surge

Gen Zers, born between 1997 and 2012, spend a lot of time online, consuming and creating digital content. Ninety-two percent check social media daily. But they still like print, and they still like to go to the library, according to a survey of Gen Z and Millennial public library use and media consumption released by the American Library Association last fall.

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Subscriber Special: 50% Off Sidebar Sponsors

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. March 2-9th 50% discount on sidebar sponsors (instead of $100 per month, you get the same program for $50 a month) Required: Minimum of 6 months paid in advance, or $300 We place your logo and link in the blog sidebar. Additionally, once a month, I’ll share an optional update on your product with my readers (which you write).

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Exploring the Engineering Design Process for Kids

Accelerate Learning

Introducing the Engineering Design Process for kids can sound like an intimidating concept. As with any other framework applied to education, it’s less important to follow its steps to the letter and more important to adapt the process to your students’ needs. In young learners, it’s a way to nurture problem-solving skills and tap into their innate curiosity about the world around them.

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How to Make Every Student Feel Valued

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I hope today's show will provoke thought and thinking about what it means to relate to our students. Relationships may not be easily measurable but have a significant impact on student achievement. Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, we are talking to Tom Hierck, 41-year educator, and author of 25 books.

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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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Books to Help Students Explore Body Image

Middle Web

As students experience physical and emotional changes as part of adolescent development, body image can become a complex and sensitive topic. Reading books that explore body image can help. Kasey Short shares some favorite titles and questions for reflection and discussion. The post Books to Help Students Explore Body Image first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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CREST: Spring Primary STEM Projects

All About STEM

Spring is here – YES! It’s the perfect time for outdoor learning so we’ve brought together a list of CREST activities that fit the bill. (Don’t worry, most are great for indoors too – in case it rains!) CREST is a STEM enrichment programme for young people that inspires, enables and rewards open-ended project work.

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Can AI Aid the Early Education Workforce?

ED Surge

Since ChatGPT was released in November 2022 and exploded into public discourse, the emergence of generative AI tools has been met with both excitement and concern, across virtually every industry, ideology and age group. Today, the use of this technology in education settings is underway, and states are even beginning to release guidance on how to navigate AI in schools.

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World Backup Day

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World Backup Day–March 31st Every Year March 31st is called World Backup Day. At least once a year, I remind you to backup your data files to an external drive (like a flash drive). This is one that isn’t connected to your local computer so can’t be compromised if you get a virus. It’s good to always backup data to cloud drives or a different drive on your computer but once a year, do the entire collection of data files to what is called an ‘air gap’ drive–one that is separated from any interne

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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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Teaching Vocabulary in the STEM Classroom

Accelerate Learning

Explore strategies for addressing vocabulary challenges, learn how to effectively teach STEM vocabulary in the classroom, and avoid common pitfalls!

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5 Simple Ways to Give a Genuine Compliment

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In today's episode, we're celebrating World Compliment Day; I find myself reflecting on the profound impact that giving compliments can have—not just on the recipients but on us as givers. It's a journey of noticing the beauty in everyday interactions, whether the strength we see in others, like the resilience Johnny Cash found through June Carter's encouragement or the wisdom in Martin Luther King Jr.

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Strategies for Encouraging Girls to Explore STEAM

STEM Discovery Education

Educators, administrators, and corporate leaders all agree: we need to encourage girls to explore STEAM skills and consider STEM careers for their futures. But how? We asked members of the Discovery Educator Network to share content, programs, and ideas they have found to be successful in bringing more girls to the world of STEAM! Infusing STEAM […] The post Strategies for Encouraging Girls to Explore STEAM appeared first on Discovery Education Blog.

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Organisations – Engaging Volunteers via STEM Ambassadors Community

All About STEM

If you’re an employer or organisation with STEM ambassadors, you can bring your volunteers together online via the STEM Ambassadors Community. The forum is the perfect place to create a group for you and your ambassadors to plan, chat, get feedback, brainstorm ideas and share resources.

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Many Students Don’t Inform Their Colleges About Their Disability. That Needs to Change.

ED Surge

In summer 2012, my life changed. I was a 20-year-old college student with a bright future. I was fearless and ready to take the world by storm. All of my hopes and dreams came crashing down when I began experiencing what felt like a black curtain within my field of vision in my right eye. I went to my eye doctor and learned I was suffering from a retinal detachment that required surgery.

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How to Automate an MLA Heading

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How to Automate an MLA Heading in Word This one is quick–how to create a macro that automatically inserts an MLA-appropriate heading: Have students log in. Macros go with the profile of the user, not the local computer. Open MS Word. Decide what the keyboard shortcut will be for the macro. I use Ctrl+Alt+H. Test it to be sure it doesn’t bring up some other shortcut.

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How To Make Math Fun: 8 Ways To Teach Math Through Play

Accelerate Learning

Welcome to a space where math is not just about right answers but about sparking joy and curiosity. As we blend play with equations and algorithms with creativity, we lay the groundwork for a math class that students look forward to. In this blog, we'll uncover the importance of making math engaging and the long-term impact of a joyful math class. We'll navigate through student perceptions, understanding their diverse experiences and attitudes towards math.

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How to Create Apps in the Classroom and Inspire Design Thinking

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students can build apps and collaboration skills at the same time. Today's episode features my friend Alefiya Master, the CEO of MAD-Learn, and the sponsor of today's show. We discuss the transformative role of app-building, collaborative learning, design thinking, and the importance of authentic learning experiences.

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Can AI Solve Science?

Stephen Wolfram

Note: Click any diagram to get Wolfram Language code to reproduce it. Wolfram Language code for training the neural nets used here is also available (requires GPU). Won’t AI Eventually Be Able to Do Everything? Particularly given its recent surprise successes, there’s a somewhat widespread belief that eventually AI will be able to “do everything”, or at least everything we currently do.

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CEC: My Learning, My Future – Subject Resources

All About STEM

It’s British Science Week – the perfect time to spotlight scientific careers in school! The My Learning, My Future resources from The Careers and Enterprise Company focus on the relevance of school subjects to future careers. And it’s not just science, there are over 27 subjects covered for KS3, KS4 and Post 16! Packs can be used as homework, in lessons or in extra-curricular sessions.

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What New Research Says About Fostering a ‘Sense of Belonging’ in Classrooms

ED Surge

When some students hit an obstacle in school or college, they can take it as a sign that this whole education thing just isn’t for them. That can especially be the case for students who are racial minorities. That can be true with challenges like glitches in the federal financial aid forms or a student registration system, says Greg Walton, a psychology professor at Stanford University.

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Tech Tip #165 My Program Disappeared

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Today’s tip: Find a lost program Category: Problem-solving If a program disappears, here are two quick ways to find it more than half the time (on PCs ): Look around the screen Check the taskbar Sign up for a new tip each week or buy the entire 169 Real-world Ways to Put Tech into Your Classroom. What’s your favorite tech tip in your classroom?

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Why Is Storytelling Important in Early Childhood Education?

Accelerate Learning

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication as a way to share experiences, understand others, and entertain. It can also be a powerful learning tool, especially in early childhood education.

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AI Webinar: Artificial Intelligence in the Educational and the Learning Landscape

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Artificial Intelligence is the topic of conversation for anyone who cares about learning, scholarship, and the future of our world, and rightly so. The job losses are supposed to be staggering. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2020 that AI would take away 85 million jobs ; however, this powerful phenomenon would create 97 million new jobs.

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PCAS Expansion, Growth, Research, and SIGCSE 2024 Presentations

Computing Education Research Blog

The ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium is March 20-23 in Portland (see website here ). I rarely blog these days, but the SIGCSE TS is a reminder to update y’all with what’s going on in the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts (LSA) Program in Computing for the Arts and Sciences (PCAS). PCAS is my main activity these days. Here’s the link to the PCAS website , which Tyrone Stewart and Kelly Campbell have done a great job creating and maintaining.

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