October, 2023

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Breaking Down Barriers: How to Make Math Accessible for All Students

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Lydia Gonzalez, author of “Bad at Math: Dismantling Harmful Beliefs That Hinder Equitable Mathematics Education,” talks about the societal norms that make it acceptable to be “bad at math” and how these beliefs can be detrimental to learning. Dr.

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How to Help Students Avoid Getting Duped Online — and by AI Chatbots

ED Surge

Students these days are terrible at sorting true facts from misinformation online and on social media, many studies show. But it’s not because students aren’t good at critical thinking, argues Mike Caulfield, a research scientist at University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public. Instead, they just need a little bit of guidance on how to approach the flood of text, images and websites they encounter on a daily basis.

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How to Kidproof the Internet

Ask a Tech Teacher

How to keep children safe online is the most popular question parents ask at my school. They want to know about firewalls, filters, kidsafe desktops, nannycams, cyberbullying, internet privacy, and everything in between. Should they keep their children away from computers or just off the internet? Do they have to sit with them while they work? Is there an age when it’s OK to let them on their own?

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CREST Awards: British Science Week 2024 Activity Taster Packs

All About STEM

Fantastic news! The NEW British Science Week FREE Activity Taster Packs are OUT NOW! The British Science Association has created these packs in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The theme for 2024’s packs is ‘Time’, and the taster packs provide fun and engaging ways to introduce this theme to the children. The full activity packs contain lots of activities on this theme and will.

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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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Spelling Bee Solver Project

Computer Science Teacher

My wife loves word puzzles. She is amazing at them. Me? Not so much. On the other hand I love programs and programming projects that involved string manipulation. So when my wife started playing a new (to her) word puzzle – the New York Times Spelling Bee – my thoughts went to solving it programmatically. If you are not familiar with the game, it involves seven letters for the player to make words from.

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How to Think Computationally about AI, the Universe and Everything

Stephen Wolfram

Transcript of a talk at TED AI on October 17, 2023, in San Francisco Human language. Mathematics. Logic. These are all ways to formalize the world. And in our century there’s a new and yet more powerful one: computation. And for nearly 50 years I’ve had the great privilege of building an ever taller tower of science and technology based on that idea of computation.

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How a Small Town in a Red State Rallied Around Universal Preschool

ED Surge

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — After reading a book about the five senses to a semicircle of rapt 4-year-olds, Abi Hawker tells the children in her afternoon preschool class that she has a surprise for them. This story was published in collaboration with The Associated Press. She drags a small popcorn maker onto the carpet and asks them to consider: Which of their senses might be activated when she pours the kernels into the machine?

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Dozens of Online Resources for Assessment

Ask a Tech Teacher

Assessment of student work is a crucial aspect of learning. It helps students recognize important lesson goals and teachers gauge understanding. While multiple choice, short answer, and essays are still proven methods, there are many alternatives teachers can use for their particular student group. Here are some you can look into–and all online: Easy CBM Educreations –video a whiteboard explanation of how students are completing a task (app) Edulastic –formative assessments; work on

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Next Steps: Parent & Carer Sessions

All About STEM

Next Steps – Enabling parents & carers to support their young people with post-16 pathways. Over the coming year, The Cheshire & Warrington Careers Hub will be providing a range of information and online sessions for parents and carers to help you support your young person to make the post-16 education or training choices that are right for them.

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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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Last Call for CSTA Conference Proposals

Computer Science Teacher

The CSTA Call for Proposals is coming to an end October 30, 2023 11:59 PM PT. Presentations are what makes the CSTA Conference is what makes CSTA the best conference for K-12 Computer Science educators. It’s also a wonderful; audience for CS educators to present their good ideas. If you have a good idea that you have been using successfully in your classes you should think seriously about presenting to CSTA.

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STEM Everyday #255 | National STEM Challenge | feat. Kari Byron

STEM Everyday Podcast

The 2024 National STEM Challenge is a nationwide initiative to foster creativity, critical thinking, and a passion for STEM subjects among middle and high school students. The Challenge invites students in grades 6-12 from across the U.S. and its territories to conceive and submit STEM innovations, inventions, and research. Students will create a 3 page PDF presentation about their project (tested if using the scientific method or constructed physically or digitally if using the engineering desi

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Research and Out-of-School Time Learning Tips

STEM Next

What is the value of conducting research in out-of-school time learning? What does it tell us? These are some of the questions, STEM Next’s Senior Advisor for Afterschool and Summer Learning, Dr. Holly Miller , recently helped us answer. Published as a Tip sheet for the Engage Every Student initiative, Dr. Miller shares how research can be instrumental in informing funders about the value of afterschool and summer programs, as well as ensure out-of-school program leaders have the data t

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As AI Chatbots Rise, More Educators Look to Oral Exams — With High-Tech Twist

ED Surge

Since the release of ChatGPT late last year, the essay has been declared dead as an effective way to measure learning. After all, students can now enter any assigned question into an AI chatbot and get a perfectly formatted, five-paragraph essay back ready to turn in (well, after a little massaging to take out any AI “hallucinations”). As educators have looked to alternatives to assigning essays, one idea that has bubbled up is to bring back oral exams.

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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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17 K-8 Digital Citizenship Topics

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education is no longer contained within classroom walls or the physical site of a school building. Learning isn’t confined to the eight hours between the school bell’s chimes or the struggling budget of an underfunded program. Today, education can be found anywhere, by teaming up with students in Kenya or Skyping with an author in Sweden or chatting with an astrophysicist on the International Space Station.

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Amazing Apprenticeships: Green Careers Week Bundle

All About STEM

Celebrate Green Careers Week from the 6th to the 11th of November! The Amazing Apprenticeships team are offering a fantastic new resource bundle that focuses on inspiring apprenticeships in green industries and jobs. Green Careers Week provides young people with an insight into careers that specifically protect the environment and will help the UK achieve its pledge of reaching Net Zero by 2050.

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The More You Know The More You Expect

Computer Science Teacher

One thing that happens when you know who to write computer code is that you know how hard or easy some things are. If you’re even the least OCD some things that are minor, and even unnoticed to many, may bother you a little. Take this image for example. I expect that money amounts will have two digits to the right of the decimal point. You'll notice that the second and third limes have two digits to the right of the decimal point.

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How to Be Strategic with Scaffolding Strategies

Middle Web

Scaffolding strategies need to be used strategically, writes depth of knowledge expert Dr. Karin Hess. A strategy intended to support executive functioning or language development may not be effective for deepening content knowledge and thinking. See her tips and tools. The post How to Be Strategic with Scaffolding Strategies first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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IES Math Summit Keynote: Cindy Marten & Flight Crew

STEM Next

With 34 years of experience in education, Deputy Secretary of Education, Cindy Marten, modeled the importance of listening to youth during a keynote for the 2023 Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) Math Summit. “Whenever I talk with students, I always learn something new. That’s why my keynote today is not a speech. It’s a conversation with five bright, inspiring young women who are deeply engaged in STEM learning,” said Marten.

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Why Educators Should Lean in to AI to Better Support Students

ED Surge

Plato once quoted Socrates lamenting that, “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written.”1 The ancient philosopher was speaking, of course, of the latest technology in the B.C. era: hand-written scrolls. As humans, we’ve always had a somewhat complicated history with invention.

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Case Study Resources for Modern Teachers

Ask a Tech Teacher

In education, case studies are widely used as a pedagogical tool to encourage critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and the application of theoretical knowledge. They serve as a bridge between theory and practice, promote active learning and the development of practical skills that improve their teaching methods. Our Ask a Tech Teacher crew has several resources for you to consider when you’re looking for case studies that relate to your next project: Case Study Resources for Modern T

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Inside Scoop (Online): Christmas STEM Enrichment & More!

All About STEM

Event Date: 5 December 2023 The Inside Scoop is an online networking event for STEM teachers, club leaders, technicians and anyone involved in STEM enrichment at schools in the North West region who want to hear about the latest information on resources, funding, programmes and local opportunities. These are informal sessions and all are welcome to join, whether you’d like to engage in.

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How can data management tools help us discover new treatments for a chronic disease?

Futurum

How can data management tools help us discover new treatments for a chronic disease? Published: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex disease that can take a huge toll on a person’s everyday life. There is still much we do not know about the disease, and researchers are working hard to learn more about what causes it.

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Creating a “Cool” Career Studying Polar Bears

STEM Discovery Education

The path to a “cool” career may be covered in snow or dusted with sand, but it certainly takes hard work! Finding ways for students to explore different career paths can help them determine their next step after K-12 education—and can help them figure out if they’ll need a scarf or a swimsuit to pack […] The post Creating a “Cool” Career Studying Polar Bears appeared first on Discovery Education Blog.

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Winter Resources for Busy Teachers

Teachers are Terrific

Winter resources for keeping students busy during the coldest time of year sound great! I mean, recess has to be indoors and this means keeping students engaged is even more stressful than normal. In the meantime, how many of you have extra time to create new items? Let me do the work for you! I have so many winter resources to share with you today!

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Why Schools Should Focus on Social Capital Development — Not Just Skills

ED Surge

The word “meritocracy” has reached new heights, becoming ubiquitous in everyday conversation and in debates about identity politics. The concept is seemingly simple: Strong ability yields well-earned roles in the workforce. And yet, in the tech sector where I work, I bear witness to a world of gender and racial homogeneity that fails to represent the gender and racial heterogeneity of the United States.

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Tech Tip #57: How to Create a Chart Really Fast

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: What’s the easiest way to introduce 3rd graders to Excel charts? A: When students have gone through the spreadsheet basics and feel like that scary interface (with the blank boxes and letters and numbers) isn’t so scary, you’re ready to crea

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World Space Week 2023: Activities, Projects & Resources!

All About STEM

World Space Week takes place annually from October 4 – 10. It is the largest space event in the world and an ideal time for teachers and educators to use space-based activities to excite students about science and technology! This year’s theme celebrates ‘Space and Entreprenuership’ Inspire your class or STEM club with these fantastic resources & ideas, many are great for parents to try at home.

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New Teacher Mentoring: Ready for a Work Mom?

Middle Web

Any teacher has vivid memories of their first classroom – some recalled with pride and others with regret. Advice from a caring “work mom” can make all the difference. Veteran mentor Amber Chandler shares how she helps novices through the year with frankness and encouragement. The post New Teacher Mentoring: Ready for a Work Mom? first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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