STEM education provides many opportunities and challenges. How can our practice evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century learners?

Introductions!

Eric Brunsell Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

Please take a moment to introduce your self to the rest of the group. Please also include a "discussion starter" -- let us know what you hope to get out of your participation in this group!

Thanks!
Eric

P.S. If you network on Twitter or Facebook, let us know how to connect with you! (I am @Brunsell)

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Middle School Science Teacher from Orem, Utah

Welcome from Utah!

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I am excited to see this STEM group formed on Edutopia. The combination of Math, Science, and Technology is such a great fit. I hope that as a group we are able to share ideas on how to encourage youth to continue taking classes in these subjects. More importantly, I hope that STEM becomes something students are excited about.

11th Grade Math & Physics Teacher, YES Prep North Central, Houston TX

Hi! I'm a Math & Physics

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Hi! I'm a Math & Physics teacher at YES Prep in Houston, TX. I've taught HS Math for 4 years in Houston ISD, and this is my first year teaching Physics (also first year at YES Prep).

Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

My intro...

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I should probably introduce myself as well -

I am a former physics and physical science teacher and ran a small non-profit (Space Education Initiatives). I am entering my 4th year in a tenure track faculty position. I teach elementary and secondary science methods at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. I also teach courses in our graduate programs. We have online programs in science education and a new cohort starting related to teaching & learning in a connected world (21st Century Skills). My research area is integrating web 2.0 tools into the science classroom...

I hope this group provides a great way to network and share ideas with innovative educators as we discuss "what works" in STEM education!

Looking for solutions ...

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Hello,

I teach chemistry, physics and physical science at Eastland High School in Lanark, Illinois. Been teaching for 26 years. I am a modeler in physics and physical science - traditional chemistry teacher. Looking for ways to get a melding with our science and math classes to give practical examples of math used in science.

Hoping to get some discussions going on joining forces with math and science (and technology) in this group.

Education Technologist, E. A. White Elementary School, grades pre-k - 5th

Ed Tech

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I work with the teachers in integrating technology into their lesson plans for various subjects and levels. After collaborating with the classroom teacher, we create a lesson plan to be used in the computer lab for grades (pre-k - 5th.) If the teacher is not familiar with the software, I model the lesson and then the teacher takes over.

Am I the only elementary teacher in this group?

Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist for Lewisville ISD

Technology Integration

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As an Instructional Technology Specialist, I work with teachers on two elementary campuses to support their technology needs related to instruction. On any given day I may provide staff development on the use of various technology tools and software, model or coteach integrated lessons, assist in analyzing data to meet the needs of individual students, or collaborate with teachers to create engaging lessons that seemlessly integrate technology with the district curriculum.

As a member of this group, I hope to learn how other teachers/schools/districts are integrating technology with the various curriculum areas, especially math and science.

Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist for Lewisville ISD

Krys

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Where is E. A. White Elementary School? Lewisville is in Texas. I am glad that there is another elementary technology person in the group!

High school science teacher from Cadet, Missouri

After 11 years teaching

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After 11 years teaching middle school students in suburban Utah, I also have 2 years experience teaching high school science in a small, rural school in Missouri. Many of my student use all kinds of technology but do not see the value of science, math, and technology education. They depend on someone else to invent or improve the things they use. I am trying to change that mindset. I hope that our discussions in this community will help me with new ideas and strategies.

Media Specialist

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I am a former classroom teacher and technology trainer for our district. Currently I work as a media specialist in an upper elementary school that services only 5th and 6th graders. I collaborate with teachers to plan units of study that integrate information literacy skills as well as technology into their plans. We are using a lot of web 2.0 tools, but I am looking for ways to integrate more technology into the math/science curriculum to better engage our students and to make the learning more meaningful.

Cisco Certified Academy Instructor at an upstate NY technical school

Introduction - Networking Instructor

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Hello All: I am a computer networking instructor from upstate NY. I teach at a technical high school and I am an adjunct for our local community college. It is my personal opinion that you can't teach technology without math and science. I am always looking for better tools and lessons. I am looking forward to some good conversations in these Edutopia groups!

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