Tag archive for STEM

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Last week I stopped in to visit Ben Jass’s Intro to Engineering class at Webster City High School. If you’ve ever wondered what I want a model classroom to look like, this was it. His students were working independently (of each other and the teacher)…

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DIY with NEH

DIY with NEH

Last Friday I got to visit the Northeast Hamilton 3rd grade class! They are starting to explore the app DIY – a place for kids to explore, make, create, design, build, draw – you get the picture. While the app is designed for parent/child use,…

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Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, orchestrated and supported an awesome week filled with coding for elementary students! Not only do I appreciate her use of Adobe Slate in her recap of the event, I appreciate her sharing the experience. To read about how the elementary students…

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AC-T Maker Experience #makerdot

AC-T Maker Experience #makerdot

This year’s AC-T #makerdot experience served as an awesome opportunity to model design thinking, immerse students and educators into making as a means of learning and creating, as well as serve as inspiration for educators to design or redesign a lesson for students that would…

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A Square Peg in a Round Hole

A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Isn’t this the type of problem with which we should engage students?  YES!! I love this scene from Apollo 13 and not just because I’ve always had a thing for space exploration, whether human or Wookie.  However, when I view it now I recognize the richness…

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What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days!

What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days!

Hope you’ll join Mike Anderson and me for our K12Online presentation on October 30!

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Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

If you haven’t seen the movie, Like Mike, watch this movie trailer.  As you see in the movie, Calvin got Air Jordan shoes to be able to play on a NBA team just like Michael Jordan. Now take this same idea and apply it to…

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Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

I’m kicking off a new blog series in which I interview innovative educators in our region and around the world. First up, Sarah Binder, Superintendent and Elementary Principal of Stratford CSD! 1.  You have been working with your teachers to support concept-based teaching, Tell me what…

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EdTech Santa

EdTech Santa

Lately when I have entered schools it’s been edtech Christmas.  I bring robots, a 3D printer, or some new app or iPad accessory and everyone including teachers are engaged like children on Christmas morning, starring at the neatly wrapped gifts just waiting to tear into…

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Agency at First LEGO League

This weekend FLL (First LEGO League) regionals took place all over the country.  I took my team to Estherville.  This was our first year and it blew us away.  I mean robots are awesome, right, but what we experienced exceeded just playing with LEGOs.  The students…

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At the Root

At the Root

STEM, a major buzz word in the world of education and elsewhere.  From iPad probes to rockets, LEGO robotics to 3D printers, STEM represents a new way to think about and learn science and math. STEM has been around for a long time, at least…

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