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PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/pblandsteamnaturalfitandrewmiller
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Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at the enhanced possibilities of using 21st century skills to engage students with realworld challenges through combining the pedagogical model of PBL with the rich content area of STEAM. </div>
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Both projectbased learning and STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) are growing rapidly in our schools. Some schools are doing STEAM, some are doing PBL, and some are leveraging the strengths of both to do STEAM PBL. With a push for deeper learning, teaching and assessment of 21stcentury skills, both PBL and STEAM help schools target rigorous learning and problem solving. They are not exactly the same, but teachers can easily connect to them to teach not only STEAM content and design challenges, but also authentic learning and public, highquality work. In fact, many know that STEAM education isn't just the content, but the process of being scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists and technological entrepreneurs. Here are some ways that PBL and STEAM can complement each other as you deliver instruction.
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ProjectBased Learning
Arts Integration
STEM
Project Learning
ProjectBased Learning
Math
Science
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/772716
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:10:04 +0000
Andrew Miller
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Financial Literacy in High School: Necessary and Relevant
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/highschoolfinancialliteracyresourcesbrianpage
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In the third installment of this series, guest blogger Brian Page shares three principles he applies when teaching financial literacy to high school students, and presents additional lesson plans and resources. </div>
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Most high school students are making financial choices now. Many shop, have jobs, pay bills, are eligible for tax refunds if they file, have accounts at financial institutions, make car payments, pay car insurance  and most importantly, collegebound students are preparing to make a student debt choice. Financial literacy lessons help these kids grapple with the adult choices they already face as teenagers. Following are three lesson principles I apply when preparing my financial literacy lessons.
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Education Trends
Financial Literacy
Lesson Plans
Open Education Resources
High (912)
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/754156
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:04:30 +0000
Brian Page
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Revolution, Responsibility and Football: Teaching Financial Literacy to Middle Schoolers
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/middleschoolfinancialliteracyresourcesbrianpage
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: In the second installment of this series, guest blogger Brian Page offers three more financial literacy resources, this time focusing on an educational site and two online games to engage middle schoolers in understanding personal finances. </div>
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My oldest son is in middle school. He earns an allowance and is always trying out his entrepreneurial skills. What my son and his friends seem to have in common is that they want . . . everything! He's eager to learn about money management because he views it as a means to an end. So my suggestion to you is focusing on teaching middle school kids the concepts that will naturally engage them, because they're meaningful <em>right now</em>.
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Education Trends
Financial Literacy
GameBased Learning
Open Education Resources
Middle (68)
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/753991
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:01:07 +0000
Brian Page
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Elementary Financial Literacy: Lesson Ideas and Resources
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/elementaryfinancialliteracylessonsresourcesbrianpage
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Guest blogger Brian Page, a high school economics teacher, presents three resources for teaching financial literacy to elementary students, including websites by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability and financier Warren Buffett. </div>
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My daughter is in elementary school. She hates math, but she loves to count her own money! I have used her allowance to help bring basic mathematics alive, including some of the lessons created by the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability exhibited on the website <a href="http://moneyasyougrow.org">Money As You Grow</a>. These are 20 essential, ageappropriate financial lessons  with corresponding activities  written explicitly for parents. At a time when parents are most involved with their children's lives, this is an ideal resource to engage them about teaching money management skills at home.
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Education Trends
Financial Literacy
Open Education Resources
Primary (K2)
Upper Elementary (35)
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/753111
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:06:50 +0000
Brian Page
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The Case for Pi: Why We Shouldn't Always Teach Math in Absolutes
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/caseforpimathinabsolutesjosevilson
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Edutopia blogger and math teacher Jose Vilson confesses that he relishes the irrational  improper fractions, odd numbers, radicals and the notorious pi  because it serves to hook students into the mysterious beauty of mathematics. </div>
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A few years ago, Indira Gil, friend and math educator in Miami, Forida, asked me the following:
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"Why do we call pi irrational when it's clearly the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter?"
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Of course, I agreed. Such a pithy thought has swum around my ear for as long as it has because we've come to no resolution on it. For decades, we were always told to truncate pi to 3.14 or 22/7. The geeks might get a few digits deeper (3.1415926535. . .), but generally, this was a given fact and, like many things math, we didn't have to wonder because all the wondering had been done for us.
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Years later, I rebuke <em>all</em> of this.
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Student Engagement
STEM
Student Engagement
Middle (68)
High (912)
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/735101
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:19:51 +0000
JosÃ© Vilson
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10 Apps for Math Fluency
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/10appsformathfluencymonicaburns
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Edutopia blogger Monica Burns reviews ten apps, many available for both iOS and Android, that encourage math fluency by engaging elementary students with games to amuse as well as teach. </div>
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There are so many ways to use mobile devices with students. You can create <a href="http://www.edutopia.org/blog/5reasonstryibooksauthormonicaburns">interactive textbooks</a> for children to read, ask them to explain their thinking through <a href="http://www.edutopia.org/blog/cciascreencasting4thgrademathmonicaburns">screencasting</a> or help them access informational text using <a href="http://www.edutopia.org/blog/usingqrcodesinclassroommonicaburns">QR codes</a>. Mobile devices can also be used to help students practice foundational math skills and build their math fluency.
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GameBased Learning
GameBased Learning
Primary (K2)
Upper Elementary (35)
Technology Integration
Technology Integration
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/727266
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:47:59 +0000
Monica Burns
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Celebrate Pi Day: Seven Classroom Resources for Pi Learning
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Edutopia blogger Matt Davis rounds up some of Edutopia's favorite Pi Day resources for teachers. </div>
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<p>Happy 3.14159265358979323846264 Day! That's right, Pi Day is coming on 3/14, and the annual celebration offers a great opportunity for students to explore Pi! (It's also Albert Einstein's birthday. There are plenty of wonderful facts in this <a href="http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/"> online Einstein biography</a>.) Of course, there are plenty of great teaching resources online to help your class celebrate Pi Day, and we here at Edutopia thought we'd help.
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Student Engagement
Lesson Plans
Open Education Resources
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/322266
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:00:05 +0000
Matt Davis
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Common Core in Action: Screencasting in the Fourth Grade Math Classroom
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Edutopia blogger Monica Burns suggests three screencasting apps as a way to develop the 21st century skill of communicating clearly while helping fourth graders hit their Common Core Math Standard. </div>
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When it comes to solving word problems in the math classroom, children should be able to explain their thinking. This includes identifying the strategies they used and the thought process behind their decisions. Students should use gradeappropriate math vocabulary and models that demonstrate the steps they took to solve a problem. In this post, we're going to take a look at how <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screencast">screencasting</a> can be used in a fourth grade classroom to meet a Common Core State Standard while addressing a <a href="http://www.imls.gov/about/21st_century_skills_list.aspx">21st century skill</a>: communicate clearly.
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Technology Integration
Classroom Technology
Common Core
Upper Elementary (35)
Comprehensive Assessment
Comprehensive Assessment
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/702931
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:37:40 +0000
Monica Burns
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"Why Do We Need to Learn This?"
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/whydoweneedtolearnthisallenmendler
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Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler shares three methods for connecting students with the relevance of what they're learning: getting them to accept the unknown, getting them to laugh, and connecting the information to their life goals. </div>
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"When are we going to ever <em>use</em> this stuff?" is a protesting lament heard by most teachers several times a year. It comes from students with little patience to put up with ideas or concepts too abstract or irrelevant for them to fathom. Many more students share this thinking but have sufficient impulse control to keep their lips from expressing the same thought. Now more than ever, with Common Core emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving in an everchanging world of information and technology, there are even many educators who struggle to identify content that is important and relevant.
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Student Engagement
Classroom Management
Student Engagement
All Grades
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/684851
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:09:15 +0000
Dr. Allen Mendler
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Challenge Is Constant: The Caterpillar Game and RealWorld Math
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/caterpillargamerealworldmathaliciaiannucci
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Guest blogger Alicia Iannucci, a math teacher at Quest to Learn, explains Caterpillar, a game she developed to teach her sixth graders about probability and statistics, as well as the fun realworld skill of game modding. </div>
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In my sixth grade integrated math and ELA class at <a href="http://q2l.org">Quest to Learn</a>, students play a board game called Caterpillar to learn about probability and statistics. As a founding teacher at the NYC public school with a unique gamelike learning model (currently in its fifth year), I have worked through many iterations of this game and how it affects students' mathematical experience over the years.
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GameBased Learning
GameBased Learning
Open Education Resources
Student Engagement
Middle (68)
Math
http://www.edutopia.org/crss/node/675736
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:03:36 +0000
Alicia Iannucci
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