STEM

  nov2015wkshp.jpg Incorporate historical science primary sources from the Library of Congress in crafting letters to the next president about a range of STEM issues. This resource, compiled by Trey Smith, has links to myriad primary sources related to STEM issues from the past that inform current policy discussions. Check out the blog posts for science teachers...
KQED News created an issues box for the 2016 election. Click on each box to learn more and get a sense of where others stand. Students can use this to get started thinking about their issue, how it relates to STEM, and what they hope the next president will do to make changes. Then, check out the What’s My Issue KQED Media Make. Get creative and get the word out about what STEM issues deserve...
Write 2 Next Prez in STEM class Looking for ways to dialogue about current issues in science, technology, engineering, and math? Want to know more about how your students think about issues in the news like elevated lead levels in drinking water, nuclear energy, mining, or severe flooding? Interested in creating spaces for civic discourse and action during this...
Las Vegas – Clark County Library District TechArt Studios  presents DJ Thread: A STEM Success Story Once upon a time about one year ago 12 years old Tyler walked into the one station DJ studio. The rest as they say is history. During the course of these 12 months Tyler became DJ Thread (stage name). He picked up on the DJing skills quite rapidly. The pictures that supplement this post are each...
In the first month of school, I was wondering how to introduce connecting learning in my classroom. Do I start with informing them of the concept, or do I let them explore at their own risk? Our students need activities that mean something to them. Whether they relate to their experiences, interests, or simply their peer culture. I enjoy implementing activities that I feel that my students are...
When I introduced Independent Inquiry in my Grade 4 class during the last school year, it was out of a desire to reinvent homework as a more relevant activity connecting learning at school with learning at home. The primary inspiration was the MIT Media Lab Learning Creative Learning course, and in particular, being introduced to Connected Learning. Interest-driven learning comes as naturally to...
This is cross-posted from my personal blog: www.thinkingthroughmylens.wordpress.com In addition to learning about circuits in the Hacking Your Notebook session, that I described here, at the NWP Annual Meeting in Boston, I also had the opportunity to participate in a three-hour workshop about e-textiles where we made puppets.  This session also involved the basics of circuitry and using a small...
I had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Hodgson about his video game design unit and the companion website. Here are some highlights from that interview. Why game design? Why choose that medium instead of something more text-based or more traditional for the language arts classroom?  In working with my co-teacher, Bob Smith, and a colleague science teacher, Lisa Rice, I think we were trying to...
Screen shot 2012-06-18 at 10.44.14 AM.png Kevin Hodgson, 6th grade language arts teacher in Southampton, Massachusetts, brought design thinking into his classroom this year with a video game design project. A collaboration with colleague science teacher, Lisa Rice, and co-teacher, Bob Smith, the project tasked students with the creation of a science-themed video...