February, 2024

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The Role of Mathematics in Education

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The Role of Mathematics in Education: What Professions You Can Get in the Future Have you ever found yourself pondering the real-world applications of those algebraic formulas or geometric theorems you spent hours trying to decipher in school? Or perhaps, amidst a particularly challenging calculus problem, you’ve questioned how this abstract world of numbers and symbols could possibly influence your future career?

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Computer Science Course Offerings in High School Spur More Students to Coding Degrees

ED Surge

In recent years high schools across the country have been adding computer science courses, and there is a movement to make them ubiquitous. A new study of an unusually rich dataset in Maryland found that such efforts can have a significant impact when it comes to getting more students to go on to careers in coding, and in bringing more diversity to the field.

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NAW2024: The Apprenticeships Quiz!

All About STEM

If your learners want to know more about apprenticeships, they can try the new 2024 Apprenticeships Quiz! Amazing Apprenticeships has created a Riddle Quiz packed with information about apprenticeships. Students can find answers to these questions and many more: How much do you know about apprenticeships? Is an apprenticeship a real job? How many different apprenticeship roles are there?

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10+ Ways to Use Adobe Express in the Classroom

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this episode, Jesse Lubinsky, a former classroom teacher and education evangelist for Adobe, shares 10 awesome free ways that teachers can use Adobe Express in their classrooms. From using Animate from Audio to create animated reflections to using Text to Image to create generative AI art, Jesse provides practical tips and ideas for teachers to empower their students through creativity.

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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 Debuggers?

Computer Science Teacher

A meme was posted (by Doug Peterson I believe) asking why if the computer knows there is a semi colon missing that the computer doesn’t add it? It’s a good question and I think it gets asked pretty often. The answer is that the computer doesn’t always know where exactly the semi colon belongs. Or if there are other possible answers to the error. Compiler parsers aren’t always helpful as we’d like.

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Universal Design for Learning: What is it? Why use?

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Education has come a long way since the focus on “reading, writing, ‘rithmetic” In Ask a Tech Teacher posts, we’ve covered many teaching strategies: Behavior Learning Theory Depth of Knowledge (DoK) Flipped Classroom Frayer Model Growth Mindset Habits of Mind Mindfulness Orton-Gillingham Project-based Learning (PBL) Socratic Method Standards-based Grading Understanding By Design Unschool VARK model Visible Learning Whole Brain Teaching Any of these might be perfect for yo

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How a Holden Caulfield Chatbot Helped My Students Develop AI Literacy

ED Surge

“I think I’m talking to Salinger. Can I ask?” My student stood next to my desk, computer resting on both hands, his eyes wide with a mixture of fear and excitement. We were wrapping up our end-of-book project for “The Catcher in the Rye,” which involved students interviewing a character chatbot designed to mimic the personality and speaking style of Holden Caulfield.

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FREE 6 Week STEM Club Resources

All About STEM

Our Six Week STEM Club Resources are great for new clubs, established clubs and short-term clubs that want to offer exciting, enriching sessions. The 6 Week STEM Club Programme can be repeated every half-term with different students which means more time to engage a wider range of young people and less time needed to resource or plan.

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From Challenge to Triumph: The Learning Pit Concept Explained

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter What is the Learning Pit metaphor? How can this illustration be used with students to help them learn? On today's episode, fifth-grade teacher James Nottingham, author of Teach Brilliantly , explains how he uses this example with his students, discusses misconceptions, and explains to students how the learning process works helps them grow and be more successful.

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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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Alphabet? What alphabet?

Computer Science Teacher

I used to start a talk on internationalization of code with the question “How many letters are in the alphabet?” Once I had several people say “26” I would ask “Shouldn’t you ask ‘what alphabet’ first?” I would then discuss some different alphabets and how many more or fewer letters they had. Then briefly mention that not all alphabets look the same.

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7 Easy Science Experiments for Preschoolers

Accelerate Learning

Explore the world of science with 7 science experiments for preschoolers, promoting curiosity, learning, and skill development through play-based learning.

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Balancing Academics and Social Life in College

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Balancing academics and social life in college is a bigger challenge than it sounds like. As this school year approaches an end and students start to plan on college life, the Ask a Tech Teacher team has suggestions on how to make that work well: Balancing Academics and Social Life in College College life is an exhilarating journey filled with learning, discovery, and growth.

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Online Teaching Is Improving In-Person Instruction on Campus

ED Surge

Since the earliest days of colleges experimenting with teaching over the internet, the goal has been to replicate as closely as possible the physical classroom experience. After all, in-person was seen as the gold standard, and the question was whether that could be faithfully reproduced online. But since the COVID-19 pandemic forced instructors around the world to try online education, something unexpected has happened: Professors have found that there are some online teaching methods that work

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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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Volunteer Information Session: Becoming a STEM Ambassador

All About STEM

Event Date: 24 April 16:00 Join STEM Learning online for a 45-minute introduction to the STEM Ambassador Programme to find out how you can get involved in valuable STEM outreach. By sharing your knowledge, experiences and skills with young people, you can inspire and equip learners to consider and follow STEM pathways and careers, and challenge stereotypes and inequalities.

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Money Matters: How to Equip Students for Financial Success

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this episode, we're diving deep into a crucial topic for every student but often overlooked in the curriculum: financial literacy. Brian Curcio joins us from Rapunzl, an organization dedicated to providing financial literacy resources for students and educators. If you've ever wondered how to prepare your students for the real-world challenges of budgeting, investing, and understanding debt, this episode is your r

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On Planting Trees & Teaching Elementary Science

Teach Science for All

This post is about the importance of teaching elementary science. But before I get to that, I want to talk to you about trees… One of my resolutions for the new year is to read more.

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9 Benefits of Messy and Sensory Play for Preschoolers

Accelerate Learning

Messy and sensory play, often a lively and engaging part of educational settings, plays a significant role in the development of young learners. This type of play, characterized by its hands-on and unstructured nature, is more than just fun activities.

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7 President’s Day Activities

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Presidents’ Day is an American federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February–this year, February 20, 2023. It was originally established to honor George Washington, the first President of the United States, and expanded to also celebrate the birthdays and legacies of other U.S. Presidents, particularly Abraham Lincoln whose birthday is on February 12th.

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Our Nation’s Public Schools are Failing Neurodivergent Learners. That Needs to Change.

ED Surge

Three young trees stood in a schoolyard, their branches reaching out for the sun, casting stripes of shade on the newly seeded grass below. With each passing day, two of them grew stronger, taller, thicker. Their deep roots built pathways that strengthened their foundation to grow. Yet while two of the young trees flourished, one did not. One young tree felt farther and farther from the sun as her peers grew stronger around her.

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National Careers Week 2024: Resources & Skills Builder Posters

All About STEM

National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education taking place across the UK from the 4th to the 9th of March. The aim is to provide a focus on careers activities at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.

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Unlock Your Second Brain: A Guide to Choosing the Best Digital Notetaking App

Cool Cat Teacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today, I'll share six apps fo r digital note-taking and my experiences with each. I'll also give you a peek at my first testing of Google NotebookLM. I'll also give you tips on creating a workflow that works for you. The Notetaking Apps I'll Cover The apps I'm covering in today's “Tech Tool Tuesday” include Evernote , Notion , OneNote , LogSeq , Apple Notes , and Google Keep as well as Google NotebookLM.

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Celebrating Black History: Course Now Available

STEM for Kids

Raleigh, NC USA 2/9/2024 Inspiring diversity in STEM remains an imperative. STEM For Kids® is pleased to announce the newest addition to our industry-leading curriculum portfolio… STEM Icons: Celebrating Black History for kids. As educators celebrate Black History during Black History Month and beyond, check out the plethora of hands-on activities in this course that students can experience… To Infinity And Beyond: A rocket blast off experience for children, a glimpse into the world of aeros

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Math Skills for Preschoolers: How Play-Based Learning Shapes Math Education

Accelerate Learning

Building math skills in preschool lays the foundation for future academic success. Explore the benefits of play-based learning in math!

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Choosing the Right College: Factors to Consider Beyond Rankings

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The metrics behind rankings are good to check, but might not accurately reflect what students are looking for. The Ask a Tech Teacher team as suggestions on how to dig deeper, be sure to choose the right college for your needs and future. Choosing the Right College: Factors to Consider Beyond Rankings Picking the right college is a huge choice that will affect your life for a long time.

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What Educators Need to Know about Generation Alpha

ED Surge

On a recent walk after spending a day working with middle school teachers on engagement strategies, I was listening to the “We Can Do Hard Things” podcast. The guest, Allison Russell, was talking about the emotional intelligence of young people and mentioned that she’d just learned that her daughter was part of Generation Alpha , which refers to people born after 2010.

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STEM Community for Educators & STEM Ambassadors

All About STEM

Educators and STEM Ambassadors can access STEM Learning’s free Community platform to connect with peers, find resources, discuss best practice and share ideas. STEM Ambassadors Community STEM Ambassadors can join the STEM Ambassadors Community to collaborate, ask for advice and discover new ways to inspire young people with other volunteers, wherever they are in the UK.

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5 Ingredients For Student Well Being: Help Students Be Healthy

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In a world where the mental health of our youth is becoming an increasingly pressing concern, Dr. Brian Smith's podcast couldn't come at a more critical time. His enlightening discussion on ‘The Recipe for Student Well-Being' offers a beacon of hope, laying out a clear, actionable plan for schools eager to make a positive impact on their students' lives.

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Does Science Still Have a Seat at the Table?

STEM Next

On any given day in 2018, you could walk into my science classroom and see my students doing the following: competitively measuring the growth of their soybean plants, self-assuredly identifying the macroinvertebrates in the river behind the school, “accidentally” landing their rockets on the school roof, earnestly searching for tardigrades under the microscope, and building trebuchets to launch ping pong balls down the hallway.

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20 Best Language and Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

Accelerate Learning

Language and literacy form the bedrock of early learning, crucial for building the skills that children carry throughout their lives.

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Subscriber Special: February Common Core Math Lessons

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. Common Core–Math Lesson Plans 141 pages, 20 projects, over 114 Common Core standards, for K-8. 33% off right now through February 3, 2024 How to Achieve Common Core with Tech is a four-volume series that focuses on using technology to meet Common Core standards in Language, Writing, Reading, Speaking/Listening (not yet available), and Math.

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How a Culture of Caring Is Helping These Schools Improve Student Mental Health

ED Surge

A few years on from district-wide remote learning spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, Principal Darren A. Cole-Ochoa has observed the students at Truan Junior High re-adapting to in-person schooling fall along a spectrum. “When we got into the classroom, the students were shy. They didn't want to work in groups. They had a wall,” Cole-Ochoa says of the students in the small town of Elsa, Texas.

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