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Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create | STEAM | Scoop.it
Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how the history classroom.

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How can we get students more engaged in units of study? What if we design our class so that they have ownership from the beginning of the unit? This post explores this issue, and although the focus is on social studies you could use the same steps in other curricular areas. What are the steps?

1. "Partner students and have them do a speed search on the topic." What can they find in 12 - 15 minutes? Let them generate a list of interest.

2. "Decision by debate." Change partners. Allow them 3 minutes to discuss and rank the topics by interest.

3. "Main characters." Switch partners again. In history you might be looking at key individuals, or key battles in a conflict.

There are five more steps that will help students learn to collaborate, analyze perspectives, co-create with you (as the teacher your job is to  make sure that all key areas are covered and help create the framework as well as providing additional input where necessary), and more.

This type of process allows the students to be engaged and have their voices heard from the beginning....a win-win situation in the classroom.

Heather MacDonald's curator insight, June 25, 2014 7:52 PM

Designing anything is only worthy if the "end user" has input.  This is a brilliant adaptation of that design philosophy.  And how can you resist the power in the eyes of this little girl?!

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China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos | STEAM | Scoop.it

YCritics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research

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Third-year Engineering students host STEM showcase for middle, high school ... - University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily

Third-year Engineering students host STEM showcase for middle, high school ... - University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily | STEAM | Scoop.it
Third-year Engineering students Grace Wusk and Trisha Hajela hosted over 50 middle and high school women at an event entitled “Ladies in the Lab” Sunday.
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$900000 to STEAM in grants - New Pittsburgh Courier

$900000 to STEAM in grants - New Pittsburgh Courier | STEAM | Scoop.it
Grants totaling nearly $900,000 from the Grable Foundation and the Fund for Excellence, have been awarded to bring STEAM programming to Pittsburgh Public Schools. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engine...
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Listen by numbers: music and maths

Listen by numbers: music and maths | STEAM | Scoop.it
Who says maths is all cold logic and music all emotion? That's nonsense, writes Marcus du Sautoy – the two are intimately connected
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What Letter Should We Add to STEM?

What Letter Should We Add to STEM? | STEAM | Scoop.it
"An education devoid of arts is an empty, half-brain kind of education."
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Plastic Bags Cut Wildlife Populations In Marshland Ecosystems | Chemical & Engineering News

Plastic Bags Cut Wildlife Populations In Marshland Ecosystems | Chemical & Engineering News | STEAM | Scoop.it

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A Beautiful Visual on The Impact of Music Education on Kids Cognitive Skills

A Beautiful Visual on The Impact of Music Education on Kids Cognitive Skills | STEAM | Scoop.it

"Does music  education really improve kids cognitive skills? The answer, in our view, is hard to determine and it requires a series of longitudinal studies across different cultural and ethnic groups. However, certain small-scale studies such as the ones cited in the visual below do provide a preliminary evidence in favour of the correlation between taking music lessons and improvement in certain cognitive skills. For instance, in a study of 96 children aged 5-7 years old, those who received 7 months of supplementary music and arts classes earned higher mathematics scores than those with the schools’ typical music and arts training. In another collection of studies that involved a larger base of participants from high schools, researchers were able to identify a strong correlation between music instruction and higher reading test scores."


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A festival devoted to the math of everyday life - Washington Post

A festival devoted to the math of everyday life - Washington Post | STEAM | Scoop.it
Lectures, demonstrations and games featured at the National Math Festival on April 18
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Synthetic Muscle Heading to International Space Station > ENGINEERING.com

Synthetic Muscle Heading to International Space Station > ENGINEERING.com | STEAM | Scoop.it
The journey could open doors to using these manmade muscles in space-bound robots.
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Murder mystery hidden within a new Houston art exhibit: When math, spys and ... - CultureMap Houston

Murder mystery hidden within a new Houston art exhibit: When math, spys and ... - CultureMap Houston | STEAM | Scoop.it
Hovering at the core of El Paso-born artist Michael Petry’s glass installation AT the Core of the Algorithm is a historical mystery: How did Alan Turing, genius mathematician, master code ...
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Interactive Learning at the Library - WHIZ

Interactive Learning at the Library - WHIZ | STEAM | Scoop.it
Interactive Learning at the Library
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The program gives kids the opportunity to do hands on activities to develop their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics skills.
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Art and science intersect at the School of the Art Institute - Chicago Tribune

Art and science intersect at the School of the Art Institute - Chicago Tribune | STEAM | Scoop.it
Eugenia Cheng had just cut a bagel into a Mobius strip and was explaining why a liquid could not assume the same shape, when a student posed a question: "That bagel looks like water coming from a waterfall," said Nico Camargo.
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Student nationally recognized for eco-friendly project - Columbia Chronicle

Student nationally recognized for eco-friendly project - Columbia Chronicle | STEAM | Scoop.it
After a year of intense planning, expansive research, in-depth storyboarding and building a web of global contacts, Filip Zadro, a senior audio arts & acoustics major from Croatia, has been selected to represent Columbia at the Clinton Global...
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Explore Resources for Women Undergrads Interested in Science, Engineering - U.S. News & World Report

Explore Resources for Women Undergrads Interested in Science, Engineering - U.S. News & World Report | STEAM | Scoop.it
The percentage of women earning bachelor's degrees in science and engineering has decreased, one report states.
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Meet the 2015 Mass Media Fellows! | AAAS - The World's Largest General Scientific Society

RT @elenelse: Here are the new @AAASMassMedia fellows! Congratulations!! http://t.co/sOfTZ53A7z
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Meet the Robot That Could One Day Cook Your Meals > ENGINEERING.com

Meet the Robot That Could One Day Cook Your Meals > ENGINEERING.com | STEAM | Scoop.it
Moley Robotics is developing a dexterous robot equipped with an iTunes-style recipe library boasting more than 2,000 dishes.
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Need all the help I can get!

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In our opinion: Liberal arts vs STEM education: Technology may improve, but creativity is always necessary

In our opinion: Liberal arts vs STEM education: Technology may improve, but creativity is always necessary | STEAM | Scoop.it
STEM programs are critically important as technology provides ever more efficient ways to deliver what customers demand.

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Creative minds have shaped human history. Without creative minds imagining a brighter future we may become trapped by routine and convention.

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UCSD Extension, UCTV Launch The STEAM Channel - Times of San Diego

UCSD Extension, UCTV Launch The STEAM Channel - Times of San Diego | STEAM | Scoop.it
UCSD Extension, UCTV launch The STEAM Channel in response to the demand for professionals who can balance science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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Arduino Robocars in the STEAM program-Spring 2015

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics program. Students from 6th-8th grades from several Arizona Schools built, programmed and decorated ...
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Liberal arts teach critical thought - Baltimore Sun

Liberal arts teach critical thought - Baltimore Sun | STEAM | Scoop.it
Liberal arts schools are enduring an unrelenting attack in the public media. Critics of higher education rail against the excessive cost of a college education and the high rate of student debt and default.
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Geoengineering: it could be a money-making opportunity for business

Geoengineering: it could be a money-making opportunity for business | STEAM | Scoop.it
The longer we take to tackle climate change, the more likely we are to need climate intervention technologies. That may yet be a viable business opportunity, says Ken Caldeira
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SciTechFest on April 18 celebrates regional science, technology and the arts - The Daily Courier

SciTechFest on April 18 celebrates regional science, technology and the arts
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The event, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Art, Science Intersect At School Of The Art Institute - Times Record

Art, Science Intersect At School Of The Art Institute - Times Record | STEAM | Scoop.it
CHICAGO — Eugenia Cheng had just cut a bagel into a Mobius strip and was explaining why a liquid could not assume the same shape, when a student posed a question: “That bagel looks like water coming from a waterfall,” Nico Camargo said.
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‘Google Maps’ for the body | Engineering

‘Google Maps’ for the body | Engineering | STEAM | Scoop.it
Previously top-secret technology allows imaging of whole body organs down to cellular level
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Engineering prof wins NIH grant for research on heart disease - WMU News

Engineering prof wins NIH grant for research on heart disease - WMU News | STEAM | Scoop.it
Engineering prof wins NIH grant for research on heart disease WMU News KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University engineering professor has been awarded a $416,816 grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his research into...
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