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Authentic Research For Deep Personalized Learning

Authentic Research For Deep Personalized Learning | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
How many students have the opportunity to pursue their own passions and create their own learning? Learn from Marianthe Williams about how students from Riverdell had this amazing opportunity to do so and to also become life long learners! 
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Another link between STEM and personalized learning --powerful practice!
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This is a wonderful example of a way to make learning meaningful and relevant for learners! 
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A Vision of STEM Education in 2025

A Vision of STEM Education in 2025 | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
Teaching and learning with digital teaching platforms and immersive authentic simulations. GUEST COLUMN | by Chris Dede  Editor’s note: The following is based on what was originally a thought piece...
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This is particularly interesting as we are talking about our current primary students!  "By 2025, DTPs and immersive authentic simulations can transform STEM learning, in and out of school." 

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12 Ways to Know if You're in a Project-Based Learning Environment or Merely Having Kids Create Projects in Your Classroom

12 Ways to Know if You're in a Project-Based Learning Environment or Merely Having Kids Create Projects in Your Classroom | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
I often talk with educators (and parents and administrators) who are convinced that their students are working within Project Based Learning environments. They tell me about the wonderful projects ...
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One of my basic understandings about best practice for STEM learning is that it needs to be project based.  This is a great post that helps you think through if you are just doing projects, or are truly doing project based learning. 

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Rubik's Cube: A question, waiting to be answered - YouTube

Rubik's cube is more than a puzzle- it's a question waiting to be answered. And when the right person finds the right question, it can set them on a journey ...
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Yes! We must teach questioning.  Love this: "When the right person finds the right question, something amazing happens." This is where all STEM learning should begin!

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Innovations in Education - Student Curators: Powerful Learning

Innovations in Education - Student Curators: Powerful Learning | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
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My latest blog post offers the highlights from a student curation I collaborated on here in my district. 

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When students curate, they own the learning. This is my latest blog post with some of the highlights from a recent collaborative student curation project I supported in my district.

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Kuratointi liitettynä esim. blogiin syventää opiskelua ja kehittää tiedonhallintaa ja sisältöjen suodattamista.

Nancy White's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:10 PM

My latest blog post describes an 8th grade student curation project. Through curating, students experienced the freedom to learn about what most interested them, and to follow their questions in the direction that they needed to go, as they explored topics of the 19th century social reform movements in their social studies class. 

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AESP / Aerospace Education Services Project Resource Repository

AESP / Aerospace Education Services Project Resource Repository | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
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Great collection of STEM resources including lesson plans, and searchable by grade level.

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In Pursuit of Passion .. not Carrots or Sticks

In Pursuit of Passion .. not Carrots or Sticks | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
Watching a bit of the US Open last night, I was struck with the question of the source of motivation by athletes to work without cease, endure pain, sustain focus, and intensify commitment to a spo...
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Wonderful article has me thinking...what if?  What if the maker movement really permiated public education in such a way that students could pursue their passions?  What if we allowed time for this kind of learning beyond sumerrtime enrichment?  In my mind, this is what STEM should look like. We need to stop teaching in silos, rushing to "cover content" and start creating an environment where flow can happen. Allow time, provide resources & support - then watch the magic happen!  Thanks @pammoran for sharing some of your magic with us!

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Education

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Education Maker Faire inspires, educates, and entertains curious and creative learners of all ages.
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Doing this in a school district would help build the culture around STEM.

 

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60 Apps for Teaching STEAM

60 Apps for Teaching STEAM | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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5 Steps to STEM Effectiveness

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STEM education isn't complex. It's not a doctrine, a program, or a product. Yet defining and implementing STEM education continues to challenge the education community.
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I think this sums up  why schools are slow to implement pretty well:

"To effectively implement a STEM program requires providing teachers with common planning time. Most STEM efforts require interdisciplinary, project-based learning. This challenges the very segmented and bell-driven school day that most of us recall from childhood and that continues to exist today."

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Connecting Kids to Mathematics and Science, A Professional Development Course

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Complete professional development resource - includes facilitator guides, handouts -everything!

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PBL Meets STEM: Delicious Main Course of Resources and Ideas

PBL Meets STEM: Delicious Main Course of Resources and Ideas | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
It is great to share my second ISTE 2012 Blog from here in San Diego, CA. The first was on writing Driving Questions. In this post, you are about to discover one of my most resource-filled posts ev...
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Great resources!

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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is at the forefront of national and state workforce development efforts. In the Northwes
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Great video for kids, by kids explaining what STEM is and encouraging students to enter into STEM career fields! 
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An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century

An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
In 2011, I wrote a blog post, titled Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century. It described how I learned about a new version of the traditional KWL (What do I Know, What do I Want to know and wh...

Via Kaitlyn Kaminski
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KWL is an essential part of the PBL process - which is how to design learning for STEM.  I love the additions to this process that provide more scaffolding for learners to connect with not just prior knowledge but also interests,  think about their information search strategies, design their own way of showing their learning, and continue to question and wonder - making it clear that learning does not stop once the grade is recorded! Great work by @langwitches!

 

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EDU - Maker Movement

EDU - Maker Movement | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
3-D Printing, Maker Spaces, and more.
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Makerspaces and STEM/STEAM go hand in hand!  Great collection of resources & ideas.

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Middle School Shop Class Transformed Into High-Tech STEM Lab - CBS Local

Middle School Shop Class Transformed Into High-Tech STEM Lab - CBS Local | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
From tinkering with robots, designing and building bridges to testing green energy, you might think you're at the Science Museum.
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With community support, this could easily be accomplished!

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STEM Education Grades K-5 ~ Instruction ~ School Improvement in Maryland

STEM Education Grades K-5 ~ Instruction ~ School Improvement in Maryland | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
This looks like an excellent, comprehensive resource for STEM in elementary schools.
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STEM in the Elementary Classroom | Digital Learning Environments

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Great examples of taking ordinary, content-specific lessons, infusing them with problem solving, critical thinking & invention -thus transforming the learning into STEM.

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The Exploration Station

The Exploration Station | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
Our passion for learning is our tool for survival. — Carl Sagan
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Great blog includes step by step hands-on science & STEM activities that can be done school or home!

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Gamifying the Maker Movement for Education - OnlineUniversities.com

Gamifying the Maker Movement for Education - OnlineUniversities.com | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
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Adopting a Maker Movement in your school has got to be one of the strategies to integrate STEM into the culture of the school.

 

"A more direct way to support the Maker Movement in education is to establish hackerspaces affiliated with schools that can be accessed by students either during school as part of classes or after school. During school access would require flexibility on the part of teachers – but this also lends itself to a more traditional, structured curricular approach. Students can be provided with the tools and given general guidance, but also be allowed to explore within those parameters"

 

I believe school libraries are the best place to build hackerspaces in schools.  This describes the 21st century library perfectly, "In a hackerspace the idea is to play, experiment, explore, pursue interests, and see where these things take you."

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FabLab@School

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This seems like a great thing to set up to start building a culture of "making" in your school or district.

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Teaching And Learning: STEM Education: School Improvement in Maryland

Teaching And Learning: STEM Education: School Improvement in Maryland | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
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Fantastic work done in the state of Maryland on STEM education. Excited that my district is adopting the definition and STEM Standards of Practice:

 

Definition: STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM Standards of Practice guide STEM instruction by defining the combination of behaviors, integrated with STEM content, which is expected of a proficient STEM student. These behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st century workforce.

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Math and Science Integration

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Integrated curriculum standards: science, math, technology, engineering

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How to Creatively Integrate Science and Math

How to Creatively Integrate Science and Math | STEM Best Practices K-12 | Scoop.it
Ben Johnson served as an administrator in large and small schools, and at a charter school. He was the assistant superintendent of the Natalia Independent School District where he helped bring a
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A simple idea - why don't we do more of this?

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