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5 Math Apps That Are Great for Differentiation

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Feb 16, 2017

 

Differentiation is both a complex concept and a critical tool to meet the needs of today’s learners. At times, I have seen the complexity overwhelm a teacher to the point of frustration. Teachers will tell me it is just too much, and they are returning to the whole group instruction model that they used before.

While front-of-the-room learning isn’t a bad concept, it is difficult knowing that all of your students are not at the same place and you can’t do anything to help all the differing levels. Technology has helped change this—especially in classrooms with a 1:1 model. With a device in the hands of each student, teachers can more easily differentiate to meet the needs of the individuals. 

So when it comes to math, where is a teacher to start? Here is a list that touches on a few of the major players in the market—each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Some of these are connected to large textbook companies, while some are more independently operated. If you are seriously considering the time and money needed to invest in one of these, here is a starting point for your research:

 

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Topics: STEM Lessons, Math, curriculum, tips for teachers, STEM

Why Coding? Part 3: DIY Coding in the Elementary Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Feb 14, 2017

As a classroom teacher, you may have heard about the recent push to incorporate more computer science and coding into students’ lives. The problem could be—as it is with most teachers I know—that you feel vastly underqualified to teach anything in that realm. Coding seems like an intimidating subject and something that requires a lot of professional learning before jumping in.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Why Coding? Part 2: Exploring Coding Curricula

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Feb 8, 2017

When looking at the big picture of a school system, it can be daunting to think about effective ways to incorporate change. Systems are complex by nature, and education can be a hard one to change for a variety of reasons.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum, 21st Century Skills

Black History Month: 10 African-American Innovators

Posted by Travis Rink on Thu, Feb 2, 2017

Now that Black History Month is here, you may be looking for ways to tie the celebration into your lessons. The National Education Association (NEA) offers an array of lesson plans for students of all ages that can help you integrate the subject into your classroom. And if you’re looking for EdTech tools that celebrate diversity and technology, check out these resources from Edutopia. You can also access lesson packs on MimioConnect®, our online educator community, with activities to help you celebrate African-American history all month long.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum

Why Coding? Part 1: The Future of Computer Science Education

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jan 26, 2017

 

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Topics: STEM Lessons, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Enhancing STEM Education for Global Leadership

Posted by Pat Henry on Tue, Dec 6, 2016

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum

Top 25 STEM Resources

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Demand for skilled workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) is constantly growing, so how do we prime today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow? Educators can take advantage of a wide range of informative websites, innovative games and apps, and engaging products—all created with STEM learning in mind. We’ve compiled this list of our Top 25 resources to help you learn more about how to best prepare students for careers in STEM fields.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons

The Importance of STEM: Real-World Experimentation and Our Future

Posted by Denise Scribner on Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Our Troubled World Requires a Skilled STEM Workforce
Elements of STEM are integral to our nation’s economy – from health care to infrastructure needs, energy, and the environment. That’s why one of the most important tasks we have as educators is to encourage our students to consider careers in STEM. To get them to that point, they need to develop the ability to question and plan ways through experimentation to find viable solutions.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, curriculum, Project-Based Learning

12 Ways to Rock the Next Generation Science Standards with Cross-curricular Projects

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The Next Generation Science Standards were designed to be "rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education." In practice, the NextGen Standards cover more than the science disciplines – the directives integrate all subject areas. The standards are so cross-curricular, you might sometimes think you’re reading a writing prompt for a language arts class or as a math story problem. Their nature makes them ideal for teaching in a project-based learning environment, where the goal is to synthesize curricular topics into one global learning experience. Nexgenscience.org provides a valuable resource on cross-curricular classroom sample tasks to get you started.

There are many ways to bring Science Standards into other disciplines and lessons. Think about presenting the science activities that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards as cross-curricular projects that will deepen student learning and engagement. For examples, consider the following 12 projects.

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum

8 Ways to Make a Great STEM Lesson

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Mar 29, 2016

What is STEM?

The acronym stands for Science/Technology/Engineering/Math, and it typically is used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development. STEM Curriculum Specialist Nancy Tsupros defines it more specifically as follows:

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)

STEM was created to encourage a greater focus on science and math disciplines, in order to build a workforce equipped for the high-tech jobs in the future. Simply teaching math and science using technology cannot accomplish this. STEM is about changing the way we approach these disciplines. It’s about going beyond the classroom and prepping students for the real world. 

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, Math, curriculum

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