August, 2023

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STEM Learning: 50+ STEM Activities Booklets

All About STEM

Calling all educators! STEM Learning has selected over 50 awesome STEM activities for primary and secondary students that can be completed in any classroom, with very little equipment. These can be run outside of normal curriculum time, in a STEM club or as part of a science, mathematics, or D&T lesson. Learners can try mind-bending puzzles, engage in exciting enterprise or design marvellous makes!

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Enhancing Math Proficiency: Unleashing AI Labs and Robots as Engaging Tools

Robot Lab

AI LAB by RobotLAB implementation in Lexington city schools In recent years, concerns have been growing over the declining math proficiency among students in the United States. The ability to comprehend and apply mathematical concepts is not only essential for academic success but also for preparing individuals to thrive in an increasingly technology-driven world.

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5 Tips to Bring Joy to Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Aristotle famously said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” As a teacher, I have a different opinion. The process of learning should be as joyous as the end result. Luckily, Lainey Franks agrees with me. She is a former educator with 15 years experience in the classroom. In 2022 she became the CEO of Tools for Schools, the developers of Book Creator – an inclusive, creative edtech tool.

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Young Kids in Low-Income Families Get Less Exposure to Math. Can the Right Apps Help?

ED Surge

Recent public debates have focused a spotlight on K-12 math pathways. But there’s been less attention paid to what math skills students need early in life, to set them up for elementary school in the first place. For early learners, exposure to math concepts can be at the mercy of their family’s economic status or related factors like whether their parents are college-educated.

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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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Seats of the Soul: Why Empty Chairs Matter

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Every day, I go around the classroom and greet every child by name, and I inquire about the empty chairs. If a child is out, I want the other kids to know that child is important to me. Sometimes, I'll send an email, or I might need to ask the front office where they are.

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September Planning: Mission X (Ages 8-12)

All About STEM

Planning for the next school year? Your learners will love Mission X: Train like an astronaut! Registration starts in September 2023 when ESERO UK will invite students to join the project. Mission X is an international educational challenge, focusing on fitness and nutrition, that encourages students to train like an astronaut. Young people learn the principles of healthy eating and exercise.

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Do You Remember Struggling to Learn?

Computer Science Teacher

Dave Largent, a CS professor at Ball State University, had an important reminder on his blog - Dave's not here, or is he?: Teachers need to struggle to learn (davidlargent.blogspot.com) Our students often (usually?) struggle to learn new things. I think this is especially true in computer science. We as teachers with lots of content knowledge sometimes struggle to be empathetic.

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Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Pew Research recently reported that about half of Americans regularly get their news from social media. Really? Isn’t SM where you share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays, and gossip? So why do students turn to it for news? This stat may explain it: 60% of people don’t trust traditional news sources.

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Experienced Teachers Can Bring Big Value to Schools. Here’s Why They Still Need Support.

ED Surge

When Gorgette Green-Hodnett wrapped up her 21-year career in high school education a couple years ago, her family members celebrated. Not only with well wishes for her new job as a college professor in Maryland, but also with relief that she would no longer be working around the clock. Her family had been glad each time she’d had a non-teaching role throughout her career, but this time her husband was excited at the prospect of finally taking a vacation outside the summer months.

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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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Act Now to Tackle Chronic Absenteeism: Classroom Resources

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Chronic absenteeism from school is a staggering problem. We can't teach students who aren't there. This week on the newsletter , I shared resources about tackling chronic absenteeism and thought I'd put some out there for you since this is such a pervasive problem. Also, it seems that September is a key month.

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Five Ways Virtual Reality is Revolutionizing STEM Learning

Accelerate Learning

As technology continues to change the educational landscape, it’s crucial for educators and decision-makers to be knowledgeable about cutting-edge solutions that can transform teaching and engage students. One of the most exciting new tools in this area is Virtual Reality.

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All About STEM: 6 Week STEM Club Resources

All About STEM

Who said a STEM Club has to run every week? Who said the same students have to attend each session? No-one! That’s why we came up with our Six Week STEM Club Programme! It’s a programme that schools or clubs can repeat every half-term with a different set of learners each time – that means less time needed to plan and resource and more time to engage & excite a wider range of young people!

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Classroom Audio Tools: Superheroes of the Classroom

Box Light

When it comes to diverse classrooms, effective communication reigns supreme. Enter classroom audio tools – the superheroes ensuring every student hears and engages. Especially important for students with hearing challenges, they redefine learning environments. Delve into the significance of classroom audio and uncover five actionable strategies to utilize audio tech for inclusivity.

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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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Teacher’s Practice of Teaching Critical Thinking Through Essay Examples

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teaching Critical Thinking Through Essay Examples: Unlocking Minds We’re exploring a fun classroom adventure where teachers teach us to think carefully and write good essays using examples. Get ready to go on an interesting trip through the world of education. We’ll see how these great teachers turn simple essays into smart thinking tools.

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Group Project Horror Stories — and How to Avoid Them

ED Surge

If you’ve ever been a student, then you’ve probably done a group project at some point. And you most likely also have a horror story about a group project that went terribly wrong. That trend was clear when EdSurge recently took a microphone to one campus and asked several students to share their group project horror stories. Every student we talked to had one.

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The Great Student AI Writing Experiment with Steve Dembo

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Are you an educator troubled by the looming question of how AI will impact writing instruction? Look no further. Furthermore, as this experiment unfolds, you'll be interested in the findings' powerful implications on student creativity and expression. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and equipped to navigate the future of writing in a world where humans and AI learn to work together to communicate in better ways a

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Fabulous and fashionable: how the FAB Lab is encouraging fashion entrepreneurs

Futurum

Fabulous and fashionable: how the FAB Lab is encouraging fashion entrepreneurs Published: Fashion can give you the confidence and power to express yourself. Around the world, people use clothes, jewellery and accessories as a way to celebrate their individuality. But for young fashion enthusiasts who want to create their own fashion business, the competition is tough as high-street brands and online retailers dominate the market.

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STEM Ambassadors: Got Time To Give Webinar

All About STEM

STEM Learning is hosting a Got Time To Give information session on Monday 4th September from 12:30 – 13:00 for you to find out about virtual tutoring for disadvantaged students with The Access Project. The Access Project has been enabling young people from underrepresented backgrounds to realise their potential for the last 15 years and they encourage STEM ambassadors to volunteer as academic.

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Advancing Education through an Enriched Learning Ecosystem

Box Light

In districts and schools, a comprehensive learning ecosystem is gaining attention as a powerful asset for driving innovation and progress. This ecosystem integrates technologies like interactive displays, digital signage, 3D printers, robots, and classroom audio to create a dynamic and engaging learning environment. By investing in the learning environment that teachers and students spend so much time in, benefits like increased engagement, access to state-of-the-art tools, and improvements in a

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9 Mistakes Teachers Make Using Tech in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s easy to confuse ‘using technology’ with digital tools. Your school passed iPads out to all classes. Some of your colleagues think having students read in this tablet format means they’re integrating technology into their curriculum. Kudos for a good start, but they need to use the tablets to differentiate for student learning styles, enrich learning materials, and turn students into life-long learners.

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Hoping to Get More of Their Teachers to Try AI, Students Organize a National Conference

ED Surge

Summer is a time for educators to do some learning, and there are plenty of conferences and workshops throughout the season. But one national event for teachers this month had a very unusual trait: It was started and organized by students. The free online conference, called AI x Education , aimed at getting teachers at colleges and high schools up to speed on the latest AI tools like ChatGPT, and to encourage them to try to use them this fall.

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Focus On Your Noble Calling, Teacher. You Matter!

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In an old book from England entitled The Wonderful Window , we see an incredible principle: A London clerk worked in a drab office in the rundown part of the city in an office overlooking the slums. As he observed the surroundings, he determined he would not let his outlook on life be dictated by the dreariness and hopelessness that surrounded him.

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The Magical Yet Growth Mindset STEM Challenge

Carly and Adam

Fostering Growth Mindset in the Classroom with "The Magical Yet" One of the most valuable lessons we can impart to our students is the concept of a growth mindset. This powerful idea emphasizes the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort, perseverance, and learning from mistakes. A fantastic resource that helps convey this concept to young learners is the book "The Magical Yet," accompanied by an engaging STEM challenge that reinforces the growth mindset philosophy

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Teacher Guides: CREST for the New School Year!

All About STEM

CREST can bring a new sense of curiosity and discovery to learners! The CREST Awards scheme is a programme for young people, providing a flexible STEM project framework that engages and inspires 5 to 19 year olds. If you’re a teacher, you can discover how simple it is to run CREST in school via their ‘Getting Started’ guides or you can visit the British Science Association CREST Webinar Centre for.

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STEM Everyday #251 | The Mobile Maker Van | feat. Paul Shircliff

STEM Everyday Podcast

Paul Shircliff is not your typical makerspace or STEM educator. He doesn’t just know about coding or cardboard or tools or electronics…he knows about ALL of it! And when someone says something about a makerspace, he’s quick to remind that “the real makerspace is between your ears” Paul has been a nuclear engineer, a teacher, and most importantly a maker.

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The Top 5 AI Quiz Builder Tools That Can Transform Your Classroom and Their Benefits

Ask a Tech Teacher

Artificial Intelligence–AI–can greatly assist many mundane education tasks. Tools like Siri, Alexa, ChatGPT, and a plethora of apps seem perfect for handling the repetitive and time-consuming aspects of education that take teachers away from the core of most lessons that require critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. Done right, this sort of collaboration between AI and teacher results in a better outcome for everyone.

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Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Benefit From Social-Emotional Learning

ED Surge

How would you react if you learned that one of your students felt that you don’t treat them like a full person, with a life and responsibilities beyond the classroom? This is a real scenario we encountered during a focus group last school year with a group of high school students in Florida who were asked to provide feedback on their teachers. My colleagues at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning ( CASEL ) were there to gather data on how teachers can help students thriv

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Teaching About Generative AI Art Creation

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter So many things are happening with Artificial Intelligence right now; much of it is generative AI artwork. This week my students are using Adobe Firefly in a generative AI art competition being held in my classroom. Some. of them had extensive lessons in Adobe Photoshop last spring.

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