STEM, ecosystems, and workforce development

Posted by Ruthie Muller on November 12, 2018

What is STEM? Yes, it’s a group of letters that could stand for science, technology, engineering, and math. Or, if you are a part of the STEM East Network, STEM stands for Strategies That Engage Minds. No matter your definition of STEM, we’re all on the same page: STEM skills, and the dispositions that come along with acquiring those skills, will project students into the future. After all, students are the future workforce, and if schools and business join together, the result can be the closure of the skills and interest gap.

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Topics: STEAM, WorkKeys, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Trends, Collaborations, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Workforce Development

If we want to teach our kids technology, it has to be like this . . . .

Posted by Jessica Born on June 13, 2018

Few elementary school teachers are engineers.

Few engineers are elementary school teachers.

And that’s where instructional technology breaks down.

There’s no end to the tech that teachers can integrate in their classrooms, from smart boards to tablets to one-to-one device initiatives to robots and beyond.

As a result, some classrooms are flipping, letting students watch video lectures at home and do the actual exercises in the classroom where teachers and classmates can help. Textbooks come alive on tablets through video and interactive graphics. Students familiarize themselves with applications and devices they’ll use throughout their education and in the workplace.

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Topics: 21st Century Skills, Coding, ROBOTICS, Elementary School, Future Ready, Technology, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IN THE CLASSROOM

Making the switch to Expeditions

Posted by Tom Farmer on March 26, 2018

PLACENTIA, CA – Doubt. Skepticism. Uncertainty. Complacency. Fear of the unknown. . . . All can be excuses for not changing curriculum.

And all can be barriers to progress.

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) administrators and teachers did their homework when researching new middle-level career-discovery labs and found multiple reasons to make a switch following their decade-long successful run with Pitsco Education’s Modules program: Challenge. Belief. Opportunity. Careers. Discovery. Trust. Future.

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Topics: STEM Expeditions, Authentic Learning, Careers, STEM, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School

TAG, you’re it! Apply now for our Teacher Advisory Group

Posted by Admin on October 17, 2017

Are you passionate about hands-on education? Are you interested in getting your hands on the latest robotics technology before it even hits the market? Do you like the idea of using your classroom expertise to shape products that will be used by educators around the globe? Are you active with colleagues, peers, and education organizations on Twitter or Facebook?

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, Collaborations, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM, Makerspaces, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources

What's new from Pitsco in 2017?

Posted by Lisa Paterni on January 26, 2017

Happy New Year! OK, it might be too late into 2017 by now to officially say that, but I’d like to sincerely wish all of you well in this coming year. We’re excited about all that 2017 has to offer and would like to share a few things we have in the pipeline.

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS