2024

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

Ask a Tech Teacher

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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A Technologist Spent Years Building an AI Chatbot Tutor. He Decided It Can’t Be Done.

ED Surge

When Satya Nitta worked at IBM, he and a team of colleagues took on a bold assignment: Use the latest in artificial intelligence to build a new kind of personal digital tutor. This was before ChatGPT existed, and fewer people were talking about the wonders of AI. But Nitta was working with what was perhaps the highest-profile AI system at the time, IBM’s Watson.

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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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How STEM Helps Preschoolers Prepare for Kindergarten

Accelerate Learning

STEM, representing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is more than an educational buzzword; it's a crucial framework in early childhood education, particularly for preparing preschoolers for the transition to kindergarten. It lays a solid, multifaceted foundation that goes beyond traditional learning methods, offering a more enriching educational experience.

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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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Advanced micro:bit Projects: Artificial Intelligence and the MakeCode Data Logger Spoon Race

User Generated Education

I love bringing physical computing into my classrooms: Physical computing refers to the use of tangible, embedded microcontroller-based interactive systems that can sense the world around them and/or control outputs such as lights, displays and motors. Assembling the hardware elements of a physical computer and programming it with the desired behavior provides a creative and educational experience.

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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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Mentoring Matters: Building Social Capital as the Bridge to Success

STEM Next

It’s a New Year and a great time to celebrate the power of role models and mentors. STEM role models help strengthen important outcomes for kids, including increased positive attitudes about STEM, increased positive STEM identities, and increased STEM career knowledge. In fact, role models and mentors are a key pillar of STEM Next’s success with the Million Girls Moonshot , which has reached almost 3 million youth across the country in just three years.

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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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Structure Feedback to Affirm Student Identity

Middle Web

When teachers effectively implement feedback to make success visible to students, achievement increases and stronger relationships result. Educator and author Miriam Plotinsky suggests having a clear, written set of expectations for assignments and avoiding the “feedback hole.“ The post Structure Feedback to Affirm Student Identity first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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The Role of Mathematics in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

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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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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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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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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Free Valentine's Day Activity

Carly and Adam

Free Valentine’s Day Activity (Creativity Challenge) Teachers, are you looking for a free resource for Valentine’s Day? Spark your students’ creativity this Valentine’s Day with the 6 Hearts Creativity Challenge. These hearts serve as a canvas for students to transform them into various objects, unleashing their imagination. What are creativity challenges?

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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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Best EdTech Tools of 2024

Teach Hub

Educational technology , also known as edtech, has emerged as a powerful ally for educators in the classroom offering a range of tools to enhance instructional methods, engage students, and create a dynamic and interactive learning experience for students. From learning management systems to collaborative platforms and educational games, the best edtech tools equip teachers with the resources they need to create a personalized learning environment that caters to diverse learning styles.

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micro:bit Projects Coded with Python

User Generated Education

I have a strong emphasis with a few groups of my gifted students in integrating physical computing into my instructional activities. I’ve discussed the benefits of physical computing in Scratch and Makey Makey Across the Curriculum. As I have my students in my classes for several years during their 2nd through 6th grade education, I start teaching them block coding using MakeCode and Scratch in the early grades.

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The Educator’s Guide to Climate Emotions

Teach Science for All

Climate change is seriously affecting young people’s lives, homes, and health, even if they don’t always express it openly. Their concerns about climate change inevitably seep into their school experiences. This raises the question: What strategies can educators employ to assist young individuals in navigating these challenging emotions?

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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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Translanguaging Can Be Part of Any Lesson

Middle Web

Students’ languages are one of the most effective tools they have to achieve academically, writes language specialist Tan Huynh. When we create space for heritage languages across the learning experience, we help students understand content and more fully express themselves. The post Translanguaging Can Be Part of Any Lesson first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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7 President’s Day Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

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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How Trauma Impacts the Well-Being of Black Women Educators

ED Surge

Navigating school spaces is a journey and students’ needs are ever changing. While educators are leaving the field at unprecedented rates , many districts are scrambling to meet the needs of all their students. As a parent, I felt the impact of the departures when I had to guide my then seventh-grader through math without a consistent teacher after a mid-year exit.

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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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Mathematics for Sustainable Development

Scientix

CC-By provided by the author The Mathematics for Sustainable Development (MaSuD) Erasmus+ project combines two educational issues: math anxiety and raising awareness on environmental issues. Math anxiety is defined as “the panic, helplessness, paralysis, and mental disorganisation that arises among some people when they are required to solve a mathematical problem” (Tobias & Weissbrod, 1980).

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The Key to Preparing Students for the Future: Early Career Exploration & Experiences

Defined Learning

Employability skills — such as problem-solving, teamwork, work ethic, communication, and leadership — have become an essential outcome of classroom teaching and are critical to prepare students for future careers. Career-connected learning exposes students to a wide variety of potential careers and prepares them for the future of the modern workforce.

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Getting Older Students Excited About Science Class

Teach Hub

As students move into middle and high school , it becomes increasingly challenging for them to maintain excitement and enthusiasm for subjects like math and science. This difficulty could be because this age group tends to be distracted by their social life and other outside activities, which makes it hard for teachers to capture and hold their student’s attention.

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Meet Pepper the Robot: ‘We recognize that we need to be able to bridge that communication gap’

Robot Lab

By Sydney Dawes Pepper arrived at Stillwater Center in Montgomery County in January. Photo courtesy of Stillwater Center. The newest member of Stillwater Center’s team can speak multiple languages, double-check dosage information for patients and lead story time for children at the facility. This new addition to Stillwater also stands at four feet tall and is made of metal and plastic.

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Data Puzzles: Making Sense with Science

Teach Science for All

Data Puzzles is a platform that integrates classroom-friendly scientific datasets with Ambitious Science Teaching methods for an inquiry-based learning experience. The site advocates for learning science through exploration and discovery and provides interesting data sets that will engage students and reveal the bigger picture of an important phenomenon in the natural world.

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Getting Ready for the 2024 Eclipse!

STEM Education Works

Hello again everyone – and Happy New Year! With 2024 upon us, I’m here to remind you to mark your calendars for April 8th, for an event of cosmic proportions. On April 8, 2024, the Moon will position itself between Earth and the Sun. As the Earth, Moon, and Sun align, the Moon will almost perfectly occult the Sun, casting its shadow on our planet and providing an absolute feast for the eyes in the sky.

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