2022

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The 8 Elements of Critical Thinking

Educators Technology

We live in a world that is increasingly inundated with all types of information. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning till we go to bed at night, our minds are incessantly stimulated and a big part of this stimulation stems from our digital devices. It is true that there has never been a time in human history where information and knowledge are as plentiful and readily accessible as they are today.

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6 Tech Activities for Your Summer School Program

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the growing interest in tech comes a call for summer school programs that supersize student enthusiasm for technology. If you’ve been tasked (or voluntold) to run this activity, here are six activities that will tech-infuse participants: Debate. Working in groups, students research opposite sides of an issue, then debate it in front of class.

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What is Mastery Learning and How Do You Implement It Effectively?

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mastery learning (also called competency-based learning) is being used in some classes and schools. Jon Bergmann, author of the Mastery Learning Handbook talks about how he uses mastery learning in his chemistry and physics classrooms. He discusses common mistakes when teachers implement mastery learning as well as the types of classes that work well with mastery learning.

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How to Help Kids Overcome Their Fear of Math, According to a Brain Scientist

ED Surge

For all that education has changed in recent times—from the disappearance of cursive lessons to the rise of computer science in classrooms to pandemic-forced remote learning—one thing has remained stubbornly unchanged. That’s stress and anxiety over math. Even before worries mounted over “ learning loss ” and the ongoing youth mental health crisis , researchers observed math anxiety in children as young as 6.

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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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Best Math Websites for Teachers and Students

Educators Technology

The list below features a collection of some of the best math websites for teachers and students. I have been constantly updating the list to keep the resources fresh and relevant. The initial.read more.

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Benefits of Using Board Games in the Classroom

User Generated Education

As a kid growing up, I loved board games. loved playing The Game of Life , Clue , and Sorry with my friends as a preteen and then Backgammon throughout my undergraduate years. I definitely liked the thrill of winning but equally so interacting with my friends while we played the games. Years ago I brought board games into my classroom. but haven’t for several years focusing more on using video games with my students.

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Share how #YOUbelonginSTEM for National STEM Day, November 8th

STEMx

On October 12th, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten announced the. YOU Belong in STEM. initiative at the. Innovating for the Future Summit. , held by STEMConnector, Million Women Mentors, and the STEMx network. This initiative aims to improve STEM education outcomes by advancing a sense of inclusion and belonging in STEM for all students and teachers and has three primary goals: Ensure all Pre-K-Higher Education students have access to, and benefit from rigorous, relevant, and joyfu

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12 Picture Books That Celebrate Women in STEM

Carly and Adam

The following is a guest post from Dr. Jacie Maslyk. *This blog post contains Amazon affiliate links. By clicking on the links and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. The books we share with our students can cultivate an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Providing exposure to a variety of books helps to show students that STEM is for everyone.

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How to Start a Robotics Club in Your School

Robot Lab

By Carla Jose. Image Source: Pexels. So you’ve got a passion for robotics and you want to share it with your classmates? Or perhaps you’re an educator and you’re eager to introduce students to this rapidly expanding part of the tech sector. In either case, starting a club dedicated to the topic of robotics, including theoretical discussions as well as practical experiments, is a great way to fulfill your ambitions.

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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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Boxlight is Named Overall EdTech Company of the Year

Box Light

We are excited to announce that we've been named Overall EdTech Company of the Year in the fourth annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards. We are being recognized for our outstanding efforts in helping teachers and students continue to focus on what's important - teaching and learning.

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New to Teaching and to Teaching MLs? Try This!

Middle Web

First and foremost, writes EL expert Valentina Gonzalez, new teachers need to view multilingualism as a student asset. Learn her five proven strategies to achieve teaching success with multilinguals, who need to be valued, respected and supported to master academic content. The post New to Teaching and to Teaching MLs? Try This! first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. Usually, that meant desktop computers, iPads, and laptops, either in small groups or 1:1. As digital equity discussions matured and hyperbole became reality, educators found that those loudly-touted digital devices often became paperweights.

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10 Tips for Instructional Technology Coaches

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The best Instructional Technology Coaches are partners, culture leaders, encouragers, and easy to work with, says Dr. Katie Ritter. She covers ten essential points for being a successful education technology coach based on her research and her personal coaching of instructional technology coaches and teachers.

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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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MIT Professors Propose a New Kind of University for Post-COVID Era

ED Surge

College in the U.S. mainly comes in a few fixed shapes and sizes: the research university, the liberal arts college, the community college, the technical college. And except for relatively new options by for-profit upstarts, the options haven’t changed much in decades, despite the rise of the internet and a knowledge economy. Oh, and there’s the COVID pandemic, which jolted all professors into using more online tools, and has brought further changes to the job market.

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Wonderful Online Museums and Sites for Virtual Field Trips to Use in Class

Educators Technology

The purpose of this post is to share with you a collection of some great web tools for taking students on virtual field trips around the world. With a working Internet connection and a computer you will be able to take your kids and students on virtual tours exploring far-off places, learning about ancient monuments, visiting world museums and discovering other cultures and ways of living.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Walter Alvarez's Contributions to STEM

Accelerate Learning

STEM Innovators.

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Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning Activities

User Generated Education

My gifted students, grades 4th-6th, selected Artificial Intelligence, as their elective during Spring, 2022 semester. (For more about this see Offering Electives to Elementary Students.) The machine learning activities I describe below are part of their larger Artificial Intelligence elective. Introduction to Machine Learning Via Videos. Teachable Machine Activities.

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Updates: Dr. Barbara Ericson awarded ACM SIGCSE 2022 Outstanding Contributions to Education

Computing Education Research Blog

March 2-5 is the ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium for 2022 in Providence, RI. (Schedule is here.) I am absolutely thrilled that my collaborator, co-author, and wife is receiving the Outstanding Contributions to Education award! She is giving a keynote on Friday morning. Her abstract is below. She’s got more papers there, on CS Awesome, on her ebooks, and on Sisters Rise Up.

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6 Books and STEM Challenges to Teach About the Winter Games

Carly and Adam

*This blog post contains Amazon affiliate links. By clicking on the links and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. The Winter Games are just around the corner and provide the perfect opportunity to connect hands-on learning in your classroom to the relevant real-world events happening in the lives of your students.

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Back to School: Focusing on SEL and Our Wellbeing

Defined Learning

It has been a challenging couple of years for all of us. We’ve all had to adjust in our personal lives as well as professional lives. The routines we had for working, connecting with family and friends, and the many other things we kept ourselves involved in, shifted suddenly in March 2020. From that time onward, it has been a constant work in progress for everyone to figure out how to handle the challenges we faced.

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Summer of Love for STEM

STEM Next

Seven Fun and Family-Friendly Ideas for a Summer of STEM. coauthored by Linda Kekelis and Teresa Drew. Photo by Christopher Beloch on Unsplash. Summer is coming. So is the search for ideas to support summer learning. With less structure and more time for self-directed play, summer is an ideal time to encourage children’s interests, confidence, and creativity.

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Looking Ahead to the Last Weeks of School!

Middle Web

What can you and your students accomplish the last few weeks of school? In this MiddleWeb Resource Roundup educators share activities that align learning with fun, offer ideas for responding to stress, and suggest strategies to help sustain your classroom community. The post Looking Ahead to the Last Weeks of School! first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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7 websites to teach fake news

Ask a Tech Teacher

We wrote about fake news earlier this week ( How to defeat fake news–one teacher’s ideas ). Here are additional resources you’ll find helpful in teaching about this topic: Fake News game — from BBC. How to spot fake news — a video. Interview with a fake news creator. Make your own Fake News –with the Inspect tool (video); idea: change a website; ask students if they can tell it’s now fake.

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12 Ideas from the End of School That Work All Year Long

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The end of the school year can be so exciting and give us ideas for great teaching. Jillian DuBois talks about her end of the school year and from the conversation we have twelve inspiring ideas for classrooms everywhere including: How to Use the element of surprise in learning.

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Principals Are on the Brink of a Breakdown

ED Surge

Principals, in many schools, are seen as the person responsible for the mental health and well-being of their staff, serving as sounding boards and problem solvers for their teachers, who are carrying the emotional burdens of their own personal and professional lives as well as the struggles, stresses and trauma of their students. In effect, principals absorb the experiences and exasperations of both students and staff, and in many cases, hear complaints and worries directly from parents and mem

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New- You Can Now Import PDFs into Book Creator

Educators Technology

The popular classroom tool Book Creator recently dropped two big updates which teachers will be excited about. If you’re someone who has traditionally relied on PDFs and worksheets to aid learning in the classroom, it’s now time to bring those PDFs to life in Book Creator! From now on, Book Creator allows you to upload your PDFs onto the pages of your book, where you can then annotate them and add rich multimedia materials such as audio, video, emojis or AppSmash with various other tools.

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In the Trenches: Looking Back at 2021/2022

STEM Education Works

To close out my blog posts for the school year, I interviewed eight public school teachers and librarians. They asked to remain anonymous, but here is a summary of their teaching assignments this year: High school family and consumer science. Middle school library. Middle school English language arts. Middle school math. Elementary library. Elementary science.

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Social Entrepreneurship with Elementary Students: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

User Generated Education

I have done a social entrepreneurship unit with three groups of gifted students, grades 3rd through 6th. It was one of my favorite units. ever, and from their reactions, I believe it was one of theirs, too. I call it a perfect STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) unit. The first part of this post explains some of the rationale for this project, and the second part describes the unit, itself.

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5 Pandemic Learning Gains

The Innovative Educator

If you follow the fear-mongering mainstream media, you’d think today's youth is doomed as a result of the “learning loss” caused by the emergency remote learning students were involved in during the pandemic. Innovative educators (and their students) understand this is untrue. There is not one moment in time when any particular subject or topic needs to be learned.

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6 Books and STEM Challenges to Teach About Groundhog Day

Carly and Adam

*This blog post contains Amazon affiliate links. By clicking on the links and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Groundhog Day is celebrated every February 2nd and it is the perfect time to engage your elementary students in STEM and maker learning. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on Groundhog Day and sees its shadow, we are in for six more weeks of winter weather.

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Student-Led Projects: How to Help Students Select Meaningful Projects

Defined Learning

Each child is gifted. Each child is an artist. Period. How do we help them understand their gifts, listen to their inner artist so that they may know and move in the world?

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