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Heather Wolpert-Gawron's picture
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Hey all you STEM and social networking fans, have you checked out this website?

http://www.nature.com/scitable

I am not the science maven of the year, but it looked like it really combined your content with the concepts from my most recent post on social networking. Someone pointed it out to me, and I thought I'd pass it along. If you want to check it out and give feedback on what it's all about, post it here in the comment section.

-Heather WG

gene sharratt's picture

I greatly appreciate these quality comments. Can you help me with this question: Specially, how can school pricipals support STEM? We want to be leaders of learning. How can we help? Thank you! Gene

gene sharratt's picture

I greatly value and appeciate the comments. Can readers help me with this question? Specifically, how can principals support STEM? What is it that we can do to provide support for STEM educators and students? Thank you.

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Microsoft TeachTec
Microsoft Education

Microsoft offers free tools and resources like WorldWide Telescope, Photosynth, AutoCollage, Photo Story, Windows Live Movie Maker and more to help engage STEM students. Free tools and teaching resources available at http://bit.ly/frtlss

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Teacher Agent of Change, Power of US Foundation
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[quote]I greatly value and appeciate the comments. Can readers help me with this question? Specifically, how can principals support STEM? What is it that we can do to provide support for STEM educators and students? Thank you.[/quote]

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's picture
Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Teacher Agent of Change, Power of US Foundation
Blogger 2014

[quote]I greatly value and appeciate the comments. Can readers help me with this question? Specifically, how can principals support STEM? What is it that we can do to provide support for STEM educators and students? Thank you.[/quote]

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's picture
Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Teacher Agent of Change, Power of US Foundation
Blogger 2014

Not much happens in a school in a transformational way without the assent of the principal and support from local administrative groups on a system wide STEM initiative.

First you can call a meeting on STEM, using resources, to share the vision of why it is needed.
Then you can establish in the school some starting points for the work. National Lab Day is over but the site has a mechanism for creating an awareness of local people who will support teachers in the classroom.

Find out what the depth of experience is that your teachers have in Science, math, engineering and technology. Sometimes a sparse background and lack of content knowledge creates fear. So create a proessional development walk through of STEM initiatives

FIrst do the ideas from the Convocation on the Gathering Storm. Why do we need STEM? What is the outcome that the business people are looking for from STEM.

Science pick a day and do just interesting and appropriate introductions to pruject based learning from
places that support your curriculum dictates and use some multimedia, plenty of it here on the site.

Math. Check out the Math Forum, Shodor.org , and the Exploratorium and other sites for
interesting math journeys. If possible use some math project that is hands on for everyone.
The Cusinaire people have a project which I enjoyed on the Promethian Bus. But I was a person familar with Cuisenaire tools.

Engineering. There are lots of great videos on You Tube , to show and share. ESS was a very simple engineering project in which kids built the biggest thing they could from clay, and then from clay and straw, and then from clay, straws and string and so on. Some building project in which people have to think about the properties of the material they are using. Or look at Eva Reeder's film on Edutopia.
We saw it and a local builder helped us to imagine a playground ( we were fourth grade). It was so good the community built one for us. but we had to go through the total planning process and we
had community meetings and discussions and so on, PTA involved. I like the involvement of NASA resources since there are so many and so many things to help teachers with. I will post an astronomy one and pictures that will be of interest that can be broadened to include art and cultures. Windows to the World, UCAR is the base site.

I could go on and on, but send me the grade level and number of teachers, let me know if you have teacher coaches , and or flexible personnel who want to do transformational change.

building cars, castles, .. so much fun but also problem solving.

More later.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's picture
Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Teacher Agent of Change, Power of US Foundation
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hy are we here? Transformative learning practices why needed ? Visionary ideas!
Sir Ken Robinson's video ? or
the video from Edutopia Digital Generation/
http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
How do we transform their knowledge into STEM abilities and career focus
Here too is one youth story: Luis http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-profile-luis

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's picture
Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Teacher Agent of Change, Power of US Foundation
Blogger 2014

What serious games do they know? Games in the history of education?

Who knows games for learning?
What games can they cite?

What games can they share that teach?

http://www.mywonderfulworld.org Geography games

Immuneattack This is a middle school initiayibe

Immune Attack >> Download!
Immune Attack: video game of molecular biology, physics, chemistry, nanotechnology. Players solve genetic problems on nanometer scale finding proteins and ...
www.fas.org/immuneattack/players/download - Cached

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Scalable Game Design Local Keynote

http://scalablegamedesign.cs.colorado.edu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcS2CPrYUdY

http://scalablegamedesign.cs.colorado.edu/wiki/Frogger_Design

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