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As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here’s a possible road map for how to galvanize a community.

1. Organize a teacher research and development team to dig deep into STEM learning by having these teachers read widely on the topic, visit local businesses and industries engaged in STEM work to interview real-world practitioners to find out what students need to be successful in these fields. This group can be comprised of 6 to 8 people and can act as the steering group for beginning an exploration of STEM learning in a school community.

2.  Have the team lead several faculty meeting times to have teachers engage in the conversation around STEM, and to explore and develop STEM-related learning experiences in classrooms. This creates a safe space for learning and experimentation and provides a feedback loop for teachers as they try to understand the components of STEM lesson and unit design.

3.  Invite parents into the conversation by organizing parent focus groups around STEM careers. Find out among the parent body who works in a STEM field and mine their knowledge and expertise to identify the key core competencies essential for success in a STEM career.

4.  Conduct curriculum reviews of science and math departments and take a close look at the Next Generation Science Standards to see where there are opportunities to incorporate STEM into the already existing curriculum. Overlay the NGSS standards on top of the existing curriculum and ask the hard questions about what is essential for STEM learning.

5. Have teachers visit other local schools to engage in conversations with other science and math teachers to figure out how best to begin to make inroads in STEM.

6.  Bring an outside STEM expert to cast a lens on the existing science and math programs. It is always helpful to have an outsider’s eyes on the internal workings of a school so that the school can learn more about itself and how to grow.

7.  Invite guest scientists in to the school to conduct experiments with students and to talk about what it is like to work in a STEM field.

8.  Through tools like Skype, have local scientists take students on a virtual tour of a laboratory and walk students through the stages of experimentation.

9.  Begin to explore co-curricular opportunities to experiment with STEM, such as organizing clubs such as Tech Challenge, First Lego League Robotics, Python programming, Minecraft, Futures Problem Solving, Destination Imagination or Odyssey of the Mind to get kids excited about innovation, creativity, and STEM.

10.  Have fun with STEM!  The best part about STEM is that it is hands-on and exciting.  Schools can lean into STEM and organize STEM fairs for the community to display and engage in projects and experiments. The key message for schools to send to its students and families is that schools are laboratories for learning.

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The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture that intersects with hacker culture (which is less concerned with physical objects as it focuses on software) and revels in the creation of new devices as well as tinkering with existing ones. The maker culture in general supports open-source hardware. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of Computer Numeric Control tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and, mainly, its predecessor, the traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses a cut-and-paste approach to standardized hobbyist technologies, and encourages cookbook re-use of designs published on websites and maker-oriented publications. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them to reference designs.
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causality.ioWednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 4:17pm
After Proposing $9 Billion Cut, Trump Making Salary Donation to Ed. Dept. - Politics K-12 - Education Week
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President Donald Trump plans to donate his $100,000 salary for this quarter to the agency, to help pay for a camp focused oN science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM.
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causality.ioWednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 4:17pm
The Chromebook Crusades: How to Win the War Against Technology
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I always knew there was a place for technology in my classroom—and not just for typing papers. Yet when my school district began to push for integrating more technology into lessons, I initially refused; I dug my heels in and said no. Why? Because no one could understand my need to have my questions answered: What will that look like? And how, in my English classroom, did I move away from using technology for substitution and use it to transform student learning?
Crickets. No answers. So I chose to do what I had been doing—nothing. If I couldn’t get the answers and support I needed to move forward, I would stand in resistance to using technology in any new way.
My resistance was short lived with the announcement that our school would be going one-to-one. Our 1200+ students would begin the 2016-2017 school year armed with a fleet of shiny new Chromebooks. Technology would invade on the first day of school, ready for combat, and I suddenly realized I was not prepared to lead.
Crippling fear consumed me: Fear of starting. Fear of trying. Fear of failing. I was scared that I would not be able to best serve my students because while I was comfortable enough with checking my email, typing documents, and entering grades online, I remained unconvinced that computers could transform learning, at least in my subject area.
On top of my initial questions were now a smorgasbord of new ones: How was I going to face my students (who were more tech-savvy than me) armed each day with their computers? How was I going to continue to be an effective teacher in a landscape I didn’t understand? How could I engage my students with this slick new enemy to compete with? It felt like I was in a battle with technology, rather than an alliance.
Fortunately for my students and me, my trepidation motivated me to act. A learning opportunity arose in my district in the form of a technology cohort called Breakthrough Learning, where teachers could learn about technology together. I applied (again, motivated by fear) and was accepted. As a result, I joined the ranks of three middle school teachers and a fellow high school teacher in a two year commitment to learn about and integrate technology in our classrooms. We were going to steel ourselves, determined to rise victorious.
The monthly training proved a rigorous introduction, as any good bootcamp should be. We read Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros. We discussed and asked hard questions. We sought answers. We played with technology, practicing and setting goals. We attended (and eventually participated in) conferences. We supported and challenged one another. We shared our learning with the teachers in our budding battling on the frontline. We learned. We grew.
The fear did not dissipate after the first meeting or the second. But what did happen as I read and studied and discussed and practiced beside my colleagues was I became stronger, smarter, and savvier. Through the program, I was given permission to fail and was encouraged to keep going. In short, I learned to fail forward. When I tried something new in my classroom that didn’t work, I shared and brainstormed with my Breakthrough peers on how to adjust and try it again. I felt empowered and encouraged to take risks I could never have imagined taking prior to my enlistment in the group.
As a result, I started using technology almost daily in my classroom during student-centered activities, feedback, assessment, project based learning, communication, and presentations. I was even going gradeless and using technology as my primary means of curating student feedback and learning evidence. Students and parents were able to access all of the feedback and learning evidence from school at home and from their cell phones. My students and I even videoed their end of unit grade conferences for reference and to set goals.
Over time, I realized I was no longer battling against technology, but battling for technology. I was transforming into a high ranked General of edtech, earning my stripes by teaching my students about applications and shortcuts they were not aware of. I was also learning from my students. My students were teaching me applications they were using and loving in other courses and sharing how they could work in my classes. They shared shortcuts and tips and their favorite platforms for sharing and publishing. They introduced me to Snapchat and I’ve since learned ways to use it in my classroom.
My resistance is no longer against technology. Through my Breakthrough journey, I’ve come to understand the power technology has to transform. As for those questions I posed to my staff, I realize now no one was able to supply me with answers; I had to find them myself. But to find them, I needed a team to support me, to listen and explore by my side.
Today, I’m still on a journey, still learning and growing. But I’m no longer filled with fear—and I call that a win.
Melissa Romero (@mromero0717) is an English teacher at Grain Valley High School in Grain Valley, MO.
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causality.ioWednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 4:03pm
Innovative live-work hybrid hotel is 'home' & incubator for global nomads (Video)
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Nomadic professionals get to work, socialize and feel at home in this rehabilitated office building in Amsterdam.
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causality.ioWednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 4:03pm
Foundation Launched to Promote Content Diversity
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causality.ioWednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 4:03pm
LGBT Tech Vows to Fight Trump Transgender Ban
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causality.ioWednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 4:02pm
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