Making STEM connections using project-based learning

Posted by Aubrey Vance on October 08, 2020

Have you heard the buzz about project-based learning (PBL)? The educational community has been talking about it for a while, but what’s the big deal anyway? How is PBL different from other projects students complete in class? An easy and often-used way of understanding the difference between doing projects and PBL is to think of it in terms of food.

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Topics: Middle School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, STEM, Trends, Resources, Engineering, STEM Expeditions, Teacher Development, STEM Units, Professional Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Sending a virtual handshake: Connecting in a new way

Posted by Preston Frazier on June 18, 2020

“School’s out for summer!” We all have heard those famous rock anthem lyrics at some point in our lives, and well, I’m sure there are many teachers who haven’t been more excited for summer to be here – especially in 2020. This first half of the year has posed its challenges (to say the least!), and summer means taking a break, soaking up a little sun, and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. 

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Topics: ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, ROBOTICS, STEM, Resources, Coding, Professional Development, STEAM, Conferences, Virtual Reality

Your reading roundup: Articles to encourage and inspire educators like you

Posted by Melissa Karsten on February 08, 2020

Your list of things to do is likely long – things to grade, read, and review. With so much to do, sometimes you just need a minute. Whether you’re waiting on someone or something or procrastinating on a project you don’t know how to tackle, it can be easy to let your focus drift somewhere else, especially with the world just a few clicks away.

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

National Techies Day: Definitely a reason to celebrate

Posted by Preston Frazier on October 03, 2019

“Technology makes the world a new place.”
 – Shoshana Zuboff

Yes . . . we’re celebrating another holiday. This one might be a little obscure, but it’s worth recognizing. October 3 is National Techies Day. Per Merriam-Webster, a “techie is a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology.” One would naturally assume that National Techies Day is all about those who love smartphones, smart watches, smart homes, and anything else deemed smart. And that’s true to some degree, but there’s also another aspect of it that is even cooler than the latest tech – promoting technology-based careers to today’s learners and future workforce. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Technology, Careers, Coding, Professional Development, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills

Teacher tips for a new school year

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 15, 2019

The first day of school is right around the corner. Can you believe it?! For both students and teachers, the first day can be a mix of emotions – but take a deep breath because we’ve got you covered.

It’s never too early to start preparing for the new year. So, before your classroom is full of kids and excitement, try using some of these tips and tricks to start your school year off on the right foot. Remember, the first couple of days can set the stage for the rest of the year, and we want this to be your best year yet!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, Teacher Resources, Culture, Teacher Development, Social and emotional learning, Professional Development