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Finding the Right Balance in Tech Use

Finding the Right Balance in Tech Use | STEAM | Scoop.it
Students engaged in a five-week app design process in part to examine their own use of technology.
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Real-world design projects are an excellent opportunity to create deep, engaging, differentiated learning for students. Every learner in our classes found the work relevant and empowering, and each team got to work at their own pace within a loose but clear structure.
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Music lessons improve children's cognitive skills and academic performance: Cognitive skills developed from music lessons appear to transfer to unrelated subjects, leading to improved academic perf...

Music lessons improve children's cognitive skills and academic performance: Cognitive skills developed from music lessons appear to transfer to unrelated subjects, leading to improved academic perf... | STEAM | Scoop.it
The first large-scale, longitudinal study adapted into the regular school curriculum finds that structured music lessons significantly enhance children's cognitive abilities -- including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning and inhibition -- leading to improved academic performance. Visual arts lessons were also found to significantly improve children's visual and spatial memory.
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The researchers found that children who received music lessons had significant cognitive improvements compared to all other children in the study. Visual arts classes also showed a benefit: children in these classes had significantly improved visual and spatial short-term memory compared to students who had not received any supplementary lessons.
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Class project shows middle schoolers daily challenges of homelessness

Class project shows middle schoolers daily challenges of homelessness | STEAM | Scoop.it
Honey Creek's sixth, seventh and eighth graders hosted a homelessness simulation that assigned participants a short bio outlining their living situation and goals.
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Social studies teacher Joe Griffith, who leads his students through the project every three years, said the goal is to give students an understanding of what's done at a local and statewide level to assist people who are homeless.
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Why dance class is just as important as math class |

Why dance class is just as important as math class | | STEAM | Scoop.it
Dance -- and physical activity -- should have the same status in schools as math, science and language, says Sir Ken Robinson.
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I’m not arguing against mathematics — it’s an indispensable part of the great creative adventure of the human mind. It’s also intimately involved with the dynamics of dance. Instead, this is an argument for equity in educating the whole child. I’m talking about the equal importance of dance with the other arts, languages, mathematics, sciences and the humanities in the general education of every child.
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The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking

The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking | STEAM | Scoop.it
I remember the first time I heard the phrase "student-centered classroom" and I almost chuckled. I had always believed my classroom was about the students, they were the reason we taught and my focus was always
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In reality, they were just focused on getting the right answer. And we set out to fix this during the first step to a student-centered classroom
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Young Australian of the Year Macinley Butson slams Australian school system

Young Australian of the Year Macinley Butson slams Australian school system | STEAM | Scoop.it
DO YOU remember what you were doing when you were 17?
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“We need an education system that has been revamped. Allow us to be critical thinkers and use inquiry-based learning because the schools are currently not fostering curiosity,” she said, speaking as part of a TEDxSydney/Acer panel.
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Mentors, Encouragement, Hands-on Learning Boost Girls' Interest in STEM Substantially

Mentors, Encouragement, Hands-on Learning Boost Girls' Interest in STEM Substantially | STEAM | Scoop.it
Generally girls lose interest in STEM careers as they get older. But, according to a new study, small changes at school and at home can have a profound impact on how girls perceive STEM careers, how confident they feel in class and how likely they are to pursue STEM academically and into their careers.
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The report offered several recommendations for schools and parents. Among them: Providing more exposure to role models and mentors; Supporting extracurricular STEM activities; Providing hands-on experiences; Emphasizing creativity and impact in STEM; Providing encouragement; and Listening to what girls say about their challenges and desires.
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Middle school students race cardboard boats | Local News | newspressnow.com

Middle school students race cardboard boats | Local News | newspressnow.com | STEAM | Scoop.it
“This is my design thinking class,” Meister said. “They had an engineering project where they had to take duct tape and cardboard and design a boat that had to sustain their own weight.”
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“This is my design thinking class,” Meister said. “They had an engineering project where they had to take duct tape and cardboard and design a boat that had to sustain their own weight.”
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How art merges with maths to explore continuity, change and exotic states

How art merges with maths to explore continuity, change and exotic states | STEAM | Scoop.it
Art can help us explore and understand some of the more abstract ideas in maths - such a topology.
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Kate Scardifileld’s current exhibition Soft Topologies at the UTS Gallery is an example of an artist using the metaphor of topology to make artwork and describe her practice.
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The 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century Skills? Try Computational Thinking (Not Coding) | EdSurge News

The 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century Skills? Try Computational Thinking (Not Coding) | EdSurge News | STEAM | Scoop.it
For better or worse, computing is pervasive, changing how and where people work, collaborate, communicate, shop, eat, travel, learn and quite simply
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Great article on how Computational Thinking can be used across many disciplines
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We should learn to work with robots and not worry about them taking our jobs

We should learn to work with robots and not worry about them taking our jobs | STEAM | Scoop.it
Predicted job losses from the rise of the robots vary widely. So rather than worry about robots taking over, we should learn to work with them and use them as intelligent tools.
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AI will automate some jobs, particularly the dirty, dull or dangerous ones that people don’t want to do – everything from sewer reconnaissance to repetitive factory work. Manual welding, for example, can produce highly toxic fumes – a prime candidate for automation. But some jobs will always be done by people and the reasons can vary greatly, from economic, social and nostalgic reasons, to the fact that some jobs are simply not practical for robots to do.
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Virtual-reality field trips give students advanced adventure

Virtual-reality field trips give students advanced adventure | STEAM | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (AP) — On a February afternoon in a Brooklyn classroom, 16-year-old Taylor Engler came face to face with a cow. But it was all in her head.
A virtual realit
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"the ability to do dangerous things, the ability to run many, many more cases in a simulation space as opposed to the real physical space represents a huge learning opportunity.”
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Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks

Trend Alert: Breakerspaces | Library Hacks | STEAM | Scoop.it
Breakerspace. Toy Takeapart. Break & Make, Appliance Autopsy, and Deconstruction Station. Whatever you call it, a breakerspace provides students with toys, electronics, or appliances and lets them
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Growing in popularity, breakerspaces give kids and teens the opportunity to explore how common household items work and expose them to circuitry concepts. Students also become familiar with an object’s components, so they can identify how items can be repaired and how to create new ones by harvesting parts.
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Real Ways WE Can Help Inspire a Generation of Innovators

Real Ways WE Can Help Inspire a Generation of Innovators | STEAM | Scoop.it
It seems after all this research I've done on the current state of education and all the reading I've done on the future of learning, that one piece of information keeps coming back to get me
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Let’s stop fighting change. Instead, let’s build on the best practices we’ve developed over centuries as learners, and embrace next practices that reflect our world.
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Here’s an approach to math phobia that could add up: Tackle the fear head on - The

Here’s an approach to math phobia that could add up: Tackle the fear head on - The | STEAM | Scoop.it
“They are afraid of being wrong,” one teacher says of students. He helps them get over it.
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Gallin is part of a growing band of educators who believe that to help struggling students get ahead, teachers must also attack the emotional barriers holding them back. Repeated failures, they say, can be deeply scarring. Negative feelings spiral into damaging self-talk that eventually paralyzes students.
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Early numeracy performance of young kids linked to specific math activities at home

Early numeracy performance of young kids linked to specific math activities at home | STEAM | Scoop.it
New research finds links between certain math skills in young children and specific numerical activities undertaken at home with parents. The study also finds that the more parents engage in mathematical activities with their children, the higher their early numeracy performance.
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the more parents engage in mathematical activities with their children, the higher their early numeracy performance.
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Virtual reality helping older 'explorers' connect and share memories - RN - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Virtual reality helping older 'explorers' connect and share memories - RN - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | STEAM | Scoop.it
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by 2020, virtual reality technology could be connecting people in aged care facilities to friends, family and each other as a way of strengthening relationships and guarding against depression.
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Already Transforming Education - Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12 - Education Week

How Artificial Intelligence Is Already Transforming Education - Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12 - Education Week | STEAM | Scoop.it
The invention of artificial intelligence has been hotly debated over the years. Some view this tool as the first step toward a world where human professions are no longer necessary. Others see artificial intelligence as a cost-effective means of being more productive during the day. The truth may fall somewhere in between these extremes, particularly when it comes to education.
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Artificial intelligence is already making waves in today's modern classroom setting. Teachers and students benefit from the improved classroom experience that AI offers. Keep your eyes out for some of the minor ways that it's influencing your classroom in the years ahead.
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Computational Thinking for Kindergartners

Computational Thinking for Kindergartners | STEAM | Scoop.it
Songs and games can be used to teach the basics of computer science to young students in age-appropriate ways—without a screen.
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Much of the content in preschool and kindergarten is taught with hands-on manipulatives, games, and songs, and with thoughtful planning, young children can engage in such activities and develop computational thinking in age-appropriate ways. For example, at this young age, we can begin to scaffold an understanding of algorithms, sequencing, events, conditionals, and repeat loops.
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Five things parents can do every day to help develop STEM skills from a young age

Five things parents can do every day to help develop STEM skills from a young age | STEAM | Scoop.it
Early STEM skills are as important as early literacy skills. Parents can help their preschoolers develop STEM skills by working these simple techniques into everyday activities.
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And my contribution is play puzzle games, card games and build blocks with them! All a problem solving situations
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Regional educators sharing STEM expertise - Teacher

Regional educators sharing STEM expertise - Teacher | STEAM | Scoop.it
On the Victorian side of the border with New South Wales, 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, sits Wodonga Senior Secondary College – home to 900 Year 10-12 students, 100 staff and a community hub for the sharing of sharing of STEM expertise.
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The Regional STEM Centre organises and hosts regular professional learning events, workshops and an annual conference, providing PD for a large chunk of teachers from the area, while student initiatives include the Little Professors program where senior students work with their primary counterparts to engage them in STEM.
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The STEAM-Powered Elementary School: Montour Opens World's First Lego-Themed Brick Makerspace

Montour Elementary School's latest makerspace, the first of its kind powered by Lego Education, wasn't the school's first advanced, hands-on learning lab, and it won't be its last.
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We wanted to create a unique learning space that kids would love coming to, something that no one else had, a room that would inspire students to become architects, engineers, designers, makers, and use problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We wanted a room that made students curious to learn and discover amazing things along the way."
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Middle schoolers do ‘Genius’ work at South Range

Middle schoolers do ‘Genius’ work at South Range | STEAM | Scoop.it
South Range Middle School is joining schools from six counties to compete in the Northeast Ohio Genius Project.
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The project incorporates elements of art, science, math and financial literacy, and gives students a problem to solve.
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Real-world ‘rithmetic education

Real-world ‘rithmetic education | STEAM | Scoop.it
Finding innovative ways to make math matter to students is key to improving competency in all grades.
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Finding innovative ways to make math matter to students is key to improving competency in all grades.
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Designing and implementing a STEM elective - Teacher

Designing and implementing a STEM elective - Teacher | STEAM | Scoop.it
Brisbane’s Parklands Christian College has introduced a new STEM Studies elective for Year 10. Lead Teacher of Mathematics and Science Kristie Schulz explains the course design and implementation process.
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Transdisciplinary in this case means that instruction moves beyond just blending disciplines, to viewing issues through ‘layered lenses’. A layered lens looks at ‘wicked problems’ through the lenses of traditional siloed knowledge bases along with 21st Century skills, requiring students to use a range of inquiry strategies, promoting a depth of understanding and adaptability of skills.
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