Blog Posts

World Backup Day: Understanding cloud computing

Posted by Deidre Galloway on March 29, 2021

At the beginning of April, we celebrate April Fools’ Day, but, on March 31, there’s a little-known holiday called World Backup Day. It’s a good reminder to back up your computer before any pranksters accidentally destroy your data or – even worse – your computer!

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Teacher Resources, Culture, Technology, Trends, Resources, Engineering, Coding, Workforce Development

New name, new members, same great goals with the 2021 TAG members

Posted by Molly Underwood on March 17, 2021

Coauthored by Patty Cooke, communications assistant

In 2014, Pitsco Education formed The Advisory Group (TAG), a group of educators from all over the US who shared their expertise, wisdom, and feedback to support our mission: leading education that positively affects learners

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, Teacher Resources, News, Collaborations, Culture, STEM, Resources, Teacher Development, Professional Development, Hands-on Learning, Workforce Development

Once upon a STEM story – Building STEM skills with fairy tales 

Posted by Jessica Born on February 26, 2021

Most of us love a story, kids and adults alike. A good story captures our imagination, makes us wonder or feel something, and might even teach us something. Fairy tales are an example of this kind of story. Typically, they are fanciful, have some type of conflict and resolution, and leave you with a takeaway or two.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Authentic Learning, Social and emotional learning, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Chocolate-covered learning: Seven STEM activities for kids

Posted by Jessica Born on February 13, 2021

“Americans consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year, or over 11 pounds per person” (Chocolate Store). That is a lot of chocolate. And, if I’m honest, I most certainly do my part to meet that statistic. I will pick chocolate over any other sweet flavor, bar none.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Culture, Science, STEM, Trends, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Black History Month STEM ideas

Posted by Molly Underwood on February 10, 2021

Coauthored by Lisa Lewis, gifted intellectual instructor at Lafayette Upper Elementary in Fredericksburg, VA, and Pitsco TAG member

As educators, we are the individuals who have a direct connection and responsibility to make STEM accessible to all students. We must be mindful to provide and empower all students with STEM opportunities. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Culture, STEM, Trends, Resources, Teacher Development, Authentic Learning, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, Women in STEM