Tag Archives: STEM

STEM Matters

Attracting K-12 students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics through competition. GUEST COLUMN | by Bernie Skoch The United States is losing the global race in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies. Results from the 2012 Program for International … Continue reading

Posted in guest column | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Project Pen Pal

Connecting classrooms through sharing science.  FEATURE | by Joel Knopf At age 10, Amy O’Toole was one of the youngest people ever to have published a peer-reviewed science article. Her inspiring article, which she wrote with her classmates as part … Continue reading

Posted in guest column, video | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trends | Tips for Cultivating Innovative Thinking

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mentor Them

How mentoring can increase student engagement and job placement rates. GUEST COLUMN | by Katie Connor In 2009, the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado established the Leeds Professional Mentorship Program, with the goal of providing individualized professional … Continue reading

Posted in guest column | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preparing for Preparedness

Life after high school in the 21st century.   GUEST COLUMN | by Rory Gesch There’s little argument that U.S. schools need to better prepare students for life after high school. Policymakers, educators, and businesspeople all agree on the critical … Continue reading

Posted in guest column | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Extraordinary Ideas

Teaching students to be problem solvers, not problem doers. GUEST COLUMN | by Allison Taylor Incorporating technology into the classroom is a no-brainer. At an exponential pace, technology is changing and becoming more complex—and students need to be able to … Continue reading

Posted in guest column, trends | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five Years and Counting

Lessons learned coaching Science Olympiad. GUEST COLUMN | by Mike Kwan “Hey, Dad. I joined the Science Olympiad team at St. Mary’s. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!” That’s how it all started for me five … Continue reading

Posted in trends | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cool Tool | ‘Ethers’ by Iridescent

Most of us could learn a lot about games from middle-schoolers. These kids are smart. But it happens to be an age-group that is relatively underserved when it comes to games that really teach. So it’s exciting that the folks … Continue reading

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Tool | SparkFun

Let’s hear it for STEM (and this take-charge electronics Viking, pictured). The  latest from a company full of cool tools comes with their SparkFun ProtoSnap line, a new family of products designed to lower the barrier of entry into DIY … Continue reading

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Future Focus

The STEM of all workforce diversity solutions   GUEST COLUMN | by Cecily Joseph There are many business benefits to having a diverse technical workforce. Diversity provides different perspectives, which can help solve a challenging problem or inspire an innovative idea … Continue reading

Posted in trends | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Tool | MimioScience

This series of 75 interactive whiteboard units provides more than 225 lessons for grades 3-8 and the first units will become available in June. Mimio, developer of educational technologies and solutions designed to increase effectiveness and engagement in K-12 classrooms, … Continue reading

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Few STEM Basics

GUEST COLUMN | by Anna Johansson How the U.S. can stymie the gap in STEM education for low-income students STEM, a term coined by the National Science Foundation, is a designation for a comprehensive educational discipline incorporating elements of science, technology, … Continue reading

Posted in trends | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

System Upgrade

What math can do for you GUEST COLUMN | by Nigel Nisbet “Why do we have to learn Algebra?” was the question a student asked me one day in the middle of class. I hadn’t been teaching very long so I … Continue reading

Posted in trends | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

It Takes a Village

Businesses invest in educating with a purpose GUEST COLUMN | by Al Bunshaft With fewer resources at their disposal, teachers in the U.S. are struggling to provide a better education for their students and as a result academic performance continues … Continue reading

Posted in trends | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Trends | Infographic: Girls Are Smarter Than Boys

Posted in trends | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TechTonic Forces for Change Reshape Learning Landscapes

PRAGMATIC VISIONS | By Ferdi Serim [Editor’s note: This is the second in a new column series from the pragmatic visionaries at the Thornburg Center for Professional Development] Leaders beware of that seemingly solid ground beneath your feet. While tectonic … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Children’s Toys Reflect What’s Next in Technology & Education

PRAGMATIC VISIONS | by Jim Brazell [Editor’s note: This is the first in a new column series from the pragmatic visionaries at the Thornburg Center for Professional Development] “The availability of technologies to youth is its own instructor.” —Nobelist Herbert A. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cool Tool | icurio from Knovation

icurio is a digital curriculum content solution that is uniquely designed for personalized teaching and self-directed student learning. From the makers of Knovation (formerly netTrekker; “netTrekker search” still exists but is yet another offering from Knovation) the solution provides personalized student … Continue reading

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Interview | Staying Up with LateNiteLabs

To engage the world in science learning, David Jaffe (pictured, right) created intuitive and affordable online lab experiences for students, enabling them to earn credit toward their degrees. Of greater importance, he hopes his labs encourage exploration, inquiry and ultimately, … Continue reading

Posted in interviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trends | Infographic: Our Future Demands STEM

Worth a good look. Click on the image below for the up-close, full infographic. 

Posted in trends | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Interview | Rohit Agarwal and Andrew Joseph: Getting TenMarks

The U.S. is behind most economically developed nations when it comes to students’ math skills, ranked 34th according to a PISA report in 2009. “In order for the U.S. to maintain global competitiveness, and for our economic development, it’s critical that … Continue reading

Posted in interviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Tool | Discovery Education Science Techbook

From Discovery Education comes a technology tool built from scratch to address state and core standards for science education. Discovery Education Science Techbook is a primary instructional resource for elementary and middle school classrooms that appeals to digital natives with … Continue reading

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cool Tool | Curiosity in the Classroom

What a concept: curiosity in the classroom—and that’s exactly what Intel and Discovery Education have teamed up for in launching Curiosity in the Classroom—to satisfy students’ curiosity and extend learning concepts found in Discovery Channel’s television series of the same name. Examining a … Continue reading

Posted in cool tools | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment