January, 2023

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Overcoming Math Anxiety and the Fear of Math

Accelerate Learning

When you ask kids what they’re afraid of, math is not a common answer. They’re thinking about spiders or monsters or that creepy feeling you can sometimes get when you’re alone. However, the fear of math is very real. According to Public School Review , the national average for math proficiency in public schools is 47 percent. This leaves plenty of room for improvement, including figuring out how to properly address the challenges of math that can lead to anxiety.

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How to Use Excel to Teach Math Arrays

Ask a Tech Teacher

Grade Level: 5th (or whichever grade you are teaching arrays) Background: None. This is an intro to MS Excel or spreadsheets Vocabulary: Excel, cell, rows, columns, paint bucket, borders, arrays, resize, formulas Time: About 30 minutes Steps: Open Excel or your preferred spreadsheet program. Review the basics–how to identify a cell (where the column and row intersect), what’s on the toolbars, especially where the paint bucket and border tools are found Resize the cells so they are sq

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8th Grade Insights Into ChatGPT and the Future

Middle Web

Like much of the current K-12 universe, Sarah Cooper is both excited and concerned about the impact of ChatGPT’s disruptive technology. Recently she checked in with her 8th graders for insights into how they might use it and how they think AI may impact their lives in the future. The post 8th Grade Insights Into ChatGPT and the Future first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Celebrate the 100th Day of School with STEM Challenges!

Stem Activities for Kids

This post contains ideas for celebrating the 100th Day of School for lower elementary students. If you are looking for ideas for upper elementary students, read this post about the 100th Day of School STEM. 100 days is a BIG DEAL for little kids! Particularly in Kindergarten, the changes that can happen over 100 days are no less than monumental. Why not celebrate how far your students have come with hands-on STEM activities?

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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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AI Tools Like ChatGPT May Reshape Teaching Materials — And Possibly Substitute Teach

ED Surge

This summer, a coding class offered by a private school in Austin, Texas, was led by an unusual teacher. The PreK-8 school, Paragon Prep, offered a series of optional, self-paced, video lessons that were automatically generated from a textbook. In them, an animated avatar made to look like the 19th-century computing pioneer Ada Lovelace taught the basics of the Python programming language.

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STEM Integration from Kindergarten to High School

Accelerate Learning

STEM education benefits students of all ages. Students as young as kindergarten can begin reaping the positives just as easily as those in high school. This is because STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education does more than teach specific school subjects. STEM encourages students to solve problems. It hones critical thinking skills and helps students learn to navigate the complexities of group work.

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5 Tips to Simplify Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher has a book of 169 tech tips to energize your classroom. We’ve added about ten more since publication. Here are some of the tips educators find most useful. The heading will click through to a more detailed article on the tip: Tech Tip #167–How to Evaluate Apps. Here are thirteen tips to evaluate the apps you’ll find useful in your classroom: free or small fee. stand the test of time. positive parent reports. rated ‘for everyone’ or ‘low maturity’. no in-app purchases or

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What Jobs Are Safe From Automation?

Computer Science Teacher

“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Yogi Berra That doesn't mean people don't try. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence have a lot of people predicting what jobs are an are not likely to be replaced by computers. Technology is challenging the ideas about what jobs can and cannot be replaced by technology. Doug Peterson, who shares a lot of interesting articles, recently share this one predicting that leaders will not be replace.

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ChatGPT with My Students

User Generated Education

I love educational technology. When technologies were first available online, I was an early adopter, and often got brutally criticized by administrators and colleagues in my K-6 settings for having students use the internet for research, use web tools, create webpages in wikis, and work virtually with schools in other states and countries (for example, see their work from 2008 at [link] ).

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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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What Will ChatGPT Mean for Teaching?

ED Surge

By now you’ve probably heard of ChatGPT. It’s a free AI chatbot that can spit out long-form answers to just about any question, in a way that sounds eerily human. Unlike a Google search, the new tool can deliver full paragraphs of information, and it does so in a way that seems like the AI is having a conversation with you. This chatbot was released in late November, but it’s already sparking an existential crisis for educators at all levels.

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Amazing Apprenticeships: Monthly Parent & Carer Packs

All About STEM

If you’re a parent or carer looking to advise your teens about career options, Amazing Apprenticeships offer monthly downloadable information booklets and a Parent Zone that is packed with resources. “There are so many options available to your child on leaving school. They could join the sixth form, begin an apprenticeship, commence a T-Level, develop their confidence through a traineeship.

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Game-Based Learning vs. Gamification: How To Use Both In The Classroom

Accelerate Learning

Games are highly motivating for everyone, including students. But you don’t have to turn your classroom into a game show or a video arcade to reap the benefits. Learn about the benefits of using both Game-based learning and Gamification in your classroom.

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Know Computer Hardware

Ask a Tech Teacher

Learning computers starts in kindergarten with understanding hardware. This lesson plan (#103 in the lesson plan book noted below) includes three pages. Introduce less with K, more each year until by sixth grade, students are good hardware problem solvers because they understand the basics. Page 2 is an assessment you can either print out and have students fill in or push out to students to be completed online.

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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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Rhode Island Computer Museum

Computer Science Teacher

I spent some time looking at the Rhode Island Computer Museum web page today. A lot of interesting stuff. Some great information under the Education and Activities page. If you teach the history of computers this is a great resource with text and pictures. The Collections gallery has a huge collection of images and descriptions of items they have as well.

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Student and Teacher Motivational Needs in the School Setting

User Generated Education

Motivation is not only important in its own right; it is also an important predictor of learning and achievement. Students who are more motivated to learn persist longer, produce higher quality effort, learn more deeply, and perform better in classes and on standardized tests. It’s commonsense, but it’s also reinforced by hundreds of studies ( An Important Piece of the Student Motivation Puzzle ).

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Before Using Augmented and Virtual Reality Tools, Teachers Should Develop a Plan

ED Surge

As an early adopter and enthusiast for immersive technology in schools, I’ve had the opportunity to share ways to use augmented and virtual reality to transform learning with educators around the world. I provide staff development and training, and many of the teachers I work with are enthusiastic about trying new tools. For some, it’s the wow factor of using something novel or exciting; for others, it’s the allure of seeing their students highly engaged with new technologies.

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Careers & Enterprise Company Resource Directory: A Future in STEM

All About STEM

A Future STEM is a collection of STEM subject careers activities linked to employability skills. These engaging practical activities are designed to encourage research, exploration and discussion about careers and how students can recognise their own potential for a future STEM-linked career. Each activity identifies 2 to 3 essential employability skills as recognised by the Skills Builder.

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THE TOP 8 TIPS FIRST-YEAR TEACHERS NEED TO KNOW

Accelerate Learning

Whether fresh out of college or entering teaching as your second career, these tips will guide you in making the most of your first year of teaching and help you carve out your place in your new career. We polled some of our teachers and former teachers on what important information they would share with those just beginning their careers. Here are the top 8 tips that every first-year teacher should know.

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Free MLK Lesson Plans

Ask a Tech Teacher

In honor of Martin Luther King: The 19-page two-lesson plan bundle to teach about Martin Luther King (click for more information) is Free through Jan. 17, 2023. Lesson plans include: an Event Chain of Dr. King’s impact on American history. interpreting his words with a visual organizer. What’s included in each lesson plan: brief summary of project.

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Wolfram|Alpha as the Way to Bring Computational Knowledge Superpowers to ChatGPT

Stephen Wolfram

ChatGPT and Wolfram|Alpha. It’s always amazing when things suddenly “just work”. It happened to us with Wolfram|Alpha back in 2009. It happened with our Physics Project in 2020. And it’s happening now with OpenAI ’s ChatGPT. I’ve been tracking neural net technology for a long time (about 43 years, actually). And even having watched developments in the past few years I find the performance of ChatGPT thoroughly remarkable.

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STEM Everyday #238 | Elementary STEAM Teacher Ideas | feat. Andrea Mango

STEM Everyday Podcast

Andrea Mango is currently a STEAM teacher in New York, helping her students and others in her school see that being flexible helps build STEM skills. While teaching STEAM lessons to K-2 students, she started to realize that planning 45 minutes for an activity didn’t work. Kids would get into the lesson, and their excitement for learning ended up making the lesson last all day.

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How Instructors Are Adapting to a Rise in Student Disengagement

ED Surge

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Live lecture classes are back at most colleges after COVID-19 disruptions, but student engagement often hasn’t returned to normal. In the past year, colleges have seen a rise in students skipping lectures , and some reports indicate that students are more prone to staring at TikTok or other distractions on their smartphones and laptops during lecture class.

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STEM Learning: New Catalyst Magazine

All About STEM

Catalyst Magazine is a digital science journal for young people aged 14-19 and their educators. It brings STEM subjects to life with insights into cutting-edge scientific research and industry R&D exploring the practical applications of complex science in the world around us. Discover new scientific research and developments and read real life STEM stories, career journeys.

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Taking A Fresh Look At STEM Professional Development

Accelerate Learning

Professional development for STEM teachers is a tall order these days. As the pace of scientific advancement has accelerated, keeping up with content so you can teach relevant, up-to-date material has become an ongoing challenge. Even the periodic table of elements has been updated in recent years! And you also need to keep up with technological instructional trends, so you can competently use tech—both in the classroom and for your own STEM professional development.

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11 Ways to Add #Inquiry to Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

You became a teacher not to pontificate to trusting minds, but to teach children how to succeed as adults. That idealism infused every class in your credential program and only took a slight bump during your student teacher days. You graduated sure you’d never teach to the test or lecture for 90% of a class. Then you got a job and reality struck.

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6 Tips to Integrate STEAM in Your Learning Environment

PCS Edventures

Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) have become an integral part of discovery, innovation and technological advances. As STEAM continues to gain momentum across the country, educators are tasked with finding ways to incorporate it into their instruction. How do you get started with this considerable, yet rewarding task? Whether you’re looking to fully adopt STEAM or for ways to supplement traditional teaching methods, a STEAM program is a perfect solution.

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5 Strategies to Support Math Thinking for All

Middle Web

When these five strategies are woven throughout a routine, they work in tandem to keep the focus on mathematical thinking, promote student-to-student discourse, and create multi-modal processing opportunities for those with learning disabilities, Kelemanik and Lucenta write. The post 5 Strategies to Support Math Thinking for All first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Is a Metaverse for Education the Next Logical Innovation in Teaching and Learning?

ED Surge

Picture a classroom full of students chatting about last night’s homework, volleyball practice or their favorite YouTuber’s latest release. Now, imagine this in a virtual school environment with everyone online. Do the dynamics change? A 3D immersive environment fosters healthy social interactions while reducing learning barriers. An avatar-filled metaverse may seem like a potentially disruptive expansion to a classroom environment.

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