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I teach in rural Montana in

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I teach in rural Montana in third grade (I am THE third grade teacher in my school!). It is exciting but a little intimidating because it is also my first year teaching. I love all of the help you have provided so far and I can't wait to continue to see what you have to offer throughout the year.

I agree with you completely.

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I agree with you completely. Talk of STEM and the Maker movement have been around for as long as I can remember but there has been no progress mainly because the resultant manufacturing industry in the U.S has almost ceased to exist. I believe that there is a strong correlation between STEM education and job creation especially in manuracturing, The non-existence of manufacturing has made it challenging for educators to instill the technological inquisitiveness in their students.

Students in China are taken regularily to manufacturing plants and factories to see how machinery works to encourage their minds into tinkering. As a result, one can see the number of engineers that China is producing has skyrocketed since the mid-1990s.

Further, the noise and confusion in the K-12 education space that is running high these days, is not making things any easier. Parents, teachers, students, politicians, media etc., all seems to be confused by the sound bytes emnating from different sources. No one can seem to figure out what's best for the students.

Sometimes it maybe better to level the whole system and rebuild it from the scratch.

Learning Technology in Hong Kong, China

Invent to Learn by Silvia

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Invent to Learn by Silvia Libow Martinez and Dr. Gary Stager (

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