Part 4… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to the month of March and the  fourth of many posts that will bring you over 70  STEM links. Along with this series, be on the look out for another series I will be posting entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full.

Contra Costa Distinguished Speaker Series With Michael Gorman – If you happen to be in Contra Costa County in California you may want to join me for this STEM Workshop which is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. The workshop is coming up in March.

Part 4… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites - Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

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MathSite – You will enjoy this amazing interactive journey in math. The exhibits found at MathSite are intended for people of all ages who are interested in or are curious about mathematics. No specialized mathematical knowledge or special expertise is assumed. You will find it a place to see, hear, and do mathematics.

Engineer Your Life – This engaging website is the centerpiece of a national campaign, and is meant for high school girls and the adults in their lives (parents, counselors, teachers, and other educators) who want to learn more about what life and work are like for engineers. It is a great place to explore outstanding engineering possibilities.

Code – Educators interested in computer programming need to visit this site dedicated to expanding participation in computer science. The vision of CODE is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. STEM educators will discover ways to integrate core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

Computer Science Unplugged – CS Unplugged is a wonderful collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. The activities introduce students to underlying STEM concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details we usually see with computers.

Achieve: Next Generation Science Standards – Investigate a site that makes available some of the most comprehensive and advanced science standards. Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to finally provide all students an internationally bench-marked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education which was developed by the National Research Council. Check out the news letter for updates.

Accelerator Nation – It is time for you to bring aerodynamics to life in your STEM Classroom. You and your students can  dive into hands-on aerodynamics experiments and dynamic STEM activities that support core science lessons in force, momentum, and speed. Along with the main link…  check out this special area for teachers.

Lure of Labyrinth – Your students will enjoy this digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet while saving the world from monsters! Best of all, it is linked to both Common Core and national (NCTM) standards. You will find that the game gives students a chance to actually think like mathematicians.

National STEM Video Game Challenge – You and your students will enjoy this site inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.  The National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.

Stoodle – Classrooms of educators and students can now access this incredible interactive whiteboard made available by CK-12 Foundation. You will find real-time collaboration for STEM activities on a virtual whiteboard with infinite pages, real-time communication through voice conferencing and text chat. It also includes permanent storage of all classrooms for later access, support for image uploading, and access to basic drawing tools and colors

Triangle STEM Coalition – The Triangle Coalition for STEM Education is passionate about improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for all students. Since 1985, Triangle Coalition, a 501c (3) nonprofit organization, has worked in conjunction with its members to lead the nation in advocating for better STEM education. They also proudly administer the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program on behalf of the Department of Energy in partnership with other participating federal agencies.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Booking Info – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already half full for fall of 2015 – Mike

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Over 25 Ideas for eLearning… Inclement Weather and Snow Day Make Up

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Welcome to a timely post that gives us a quick break from the 70  STEM links series. In this post I thought you might be interested in learning more about eLearning and inclement weather make up. It just seems to be the right time of year for this discussion.  In the next post I will continue the STEM Series. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full – Mike

Over 25 Ideas for  eLearning…  Inclement Weather and Snow Day Make Up

The winter of 2014 /15 is proving to bring some weather that has definitely affected school calendars across the country. In fact, this winter has prompted some school districts to look at their e-leaning programs and ask the question, “Can the day be made up using eLearning and the internet?” As you might know, many schools have started to shovel this new path and learning keeps going on… weather… or not. I thought I would provide some points of reflection that may help your district if there is an interest in using eLearning to keep the education process going, even when the physical doors of the school are closed. In the space below you can learn more about using eLearning during inclement weather including a upcoming Twitter Chat and an Archived Webinar. Please  take time to reflect on the 25  ideas to consider followed my an eLearning video message I presented for my district.  I do hope you will see that there are valuable learning opportunities for teachers and students that reach far beyond making up a day. 

Twitter Chat (Tuesday February 23, 2015 … 8:00 PM… Use…    

Join myself and others as we discuss “How to do an eLearning-Snow Day” this Monday night (Feb 23) at 8:00 EST time for a Twitter Chat. The hash tag will be     Hope to see you then.

ISTE’s OLN Archived Webinar on Inclement Weather – Link to webinar.

As president of (OLN) I invite you to this very special  archived webinar presented by the Online Learning Network at ISTE. You will learn from some amazing individuals representing school districts across the country. The webinar hosts three districts that shared how they implemented online learning options to make up snow days. It is a must attend presentation for those looking at eLearning as a possible way to make up inclement weather days.

25 Ideas To  Consider When Investigating eLearning for Inclement Weather Make Up

I worked with a team of amazing educators in my home district to help plan and implement an eLearning initiative for inclement weather.. Of course… several years of one to one computing did help, but we also learned a number of strategies and ideas that I hope might help your school or district if you plan to look at e-learning as a possible solution for school make-up. I know there is a lot more to consider, but reflection on these may provide a good start. Please let me know if there might be others that could be included. I am also still learning!

  1. Determine if school and district have the resources to use an e-learning experience in such a fashion.
  2. Check any guidelines provided by the state DOE.
  3. Gather input from all district stakeholders including educators, parents, and students beforehand.
  4. Collect student data regarding home internet connectivity.
  5. Determine community wifi access points.
  6. Investigate possible home connect programs for students who do not have access.
  7. Provide labs and access points at buildings in the district and communicate availability to students and parents.
  8. Investigate student special needs and include provisions in individualized learning plans.
  9. Allow extra time on work to accommodate students who may have difficulty connecting on the day off.
  10. Provide building facilities outside of school hours to provide for students that have difficulty connecting.
  11. Attempt to blend lessons as much as possible with learning that would have taken place if school was in session.
  12. Provide training and assistance to teachers regarding the use of the district LMS and blended learning.
  13. Encourage teachers to provide some low tech solutions such as using a video that can be accessed by cell phone.
  14. Emphasize that safety comes first and that no one should venture out to an access point if weather is a problem.
  15. Make a plan for the program, communicate both online and offline,  and be sure that all stakeholders understand the way the program will work.
  16. Understand that student work load may be different online, and a forty minute class may only require half the work time.
  17. Ask that teachers be aware of not providing busy work, instead ensure that work is meaningful and relevant.
  18. Ask teachers to communicate with students after each school day off in order to get a temperature read for future planning
  19. Find examples and encourage teachers to plan lessons that help students understand how to learn in the digital world.
  20. Take advantage of opportunities to promote digital citizenship.
  21. Attempt to set up teacher office hours that provide multiple avenues of connection while also allowing for anonymity in contact information.
  22. Provide opportunities and understanding that allows real blended learning to become a daily practice, not just an item saved for school closings.
  23. Understand that the district may need to make different accommodations for students unable to participate in this type of program.
  24. Evaluate, revise, and reflect on the program on a consistent basis.
  25. Celebrate both large and small successes with constant communication and public relations.

Take a moment so I can share this video on how eLearning and Snow Days really do go together. Vide0 Link

In conclusion I hope you have enjoyed reading and reflecting on the possibility. If you wish, please take a look at this video where I have the opportunity to present eLearning for inclement weather make up to my school community. Thanks for joining me and please feel free to check with me on questions you might have involving lessons that I have learned. Best of all… remember that spring will be here soon!

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Booking Info – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already half full for fall of 2015 – Mike

 

 

 

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Part 3… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to this third of many posts that will bring you over 70  STEM links. Along with this series, be on the look out for another series I will be posting entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full – Mike

Part 2… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites - Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

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Teachers Try Science – Provides teachers free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The site also features collaboration tools to enable teachers to discuss and share effective instructional practices. Access lesson plans that allow students to create water filters, design earthquake-proof structures, explore vertical farms, and much more. Also, find professional development resources such as a video on differentiated instruction or a tutorial on what engineering might look like in your classroom.

CAST Science Writer – Discover this amazing UDL tool from the people at CAST. It supports students in writing lab and class reports. This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students. Science Writer enables students to demonstrate their knowledge of science concepts through writing, structures the writing processes as it relates to content-area writing, structures the thought process required for scientific writing, provides opportunities for structured practice and utilizes the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework to meet the needs of a wide range of students.. Max and Sam give students a model and the reasoning behind it, and Eko gives students specific hints on how to progress.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute – The Lunar and Planetary Institute has a wonderful collection of resources for teachers as part of their website. The link provided is a searchable data base of resource from their programs, workshops, field trips, and products. They include activities, exhibits, spectrometers, power points, recommended Web sites, and more. They continue to add resources to their wonderful collection.

Citizen Science – Visit this scientific research collection conducted, in whole or in part, by non-professional scientists.  You will discover that people just like you have helped look for asteroids, track migrating birds, and analyze fossilized shark teeth. If you enjoy doing science and would like to make important contributions to the scientific community, consider participating in one or more of the exciting citizen science projects.

Teach Engineering – This is a comprehensive collaborative project between faculty, students and teachers associated with five founding partner universities, with NSF National Science Foundation funding. This real world collection continues to grow and evolve with new additions submitted from more than 50 additional contributors, a cadre of volunteer teacher and engineer reviewers, and feedback from teachers who use the curricula in their classrooms.

ORAU Center For Science Education – This organization offers educators the opportunity to participate in STEM programs that enhance classroom teaching. During the summer months, ORAU offers a variety of programs to provide middle and high school educators the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that enhance their STEM curriculum.

PBLU- A wonderful site from BIE… known for Project Based learning. Educators can sign up for free online professional development in order to learn how to make PBL happen in their STEM classroom. There is also a small collection of projects that are growing. PBL can provide the process for delivering STEM content.

Leaf Snap – This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs you take of their leaves. It contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark.  The collection currently includes trees of the Northeast and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

MIT and Khan Science – Khan has so much more then Math, in fact visit this Science site that includes resources with Khan Partner MIT K-12. Here you will find great lessons involving Physics, Natural Science, Resources, and Measurement. This is an area that may just help you flip your STEM classroom.

Afterschool Alliance – This organization realizes that getting funding and long-term sustainability for STEM programs can feel daunting. They have put together resources specifically for STEM afterschool programs. Also you’ll find more tools in their Funding and Sustainability toolbox.

Beyond the Chalkboard – This site from the Boston Children’s Museum provides activities that cover a wide range of subjects including science, literacy, culture, art, health, math, and engineering in ways that support what’s learned during the school day. It is also a great site that also facilitates those important 21st century skills.

 

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Booking Info – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already half full for fall of 2015 – Mike

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Part 2… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

 

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Welcome to this second of many posts that will bring you over 70  STEM links. Along with this series, be on the look out for another series I will be posting entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are beginning to fill – Mike

Part 2… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites - Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

Did you miss Part 1? Then click here to see those first ten.

I hope you will enjoy this series of STEM  posts covering over 70 resource links. I have tried to locate resources, tools, and programs that will assist STEM educators in their multiple fields. In the list below you will find the listing with a link, along with a short description. I have tried to include several different categories.

  • Programs and institutions that support  STEM educators
  • STEM content/lesson sites that contain resources ready for the STEM classroom
  • Interactive resources and tools that could be used in the STEM environment
  • Organizations and tools that you might not think of first in STEM… but have STEM possibilities

Make sure you sign up for this goldmine of ongoing STEMtastics links. If you have a resource please let me know and perhaps we can make the list over 100! Along with at least one STEM post once a month, I will continue to bring other posts through out the month with ideas and resources covering all of the other 21st century education, technology integration, PBL, and education transformation resources, practices, and ideas. Enjoy the journey and the next first ten links out of seventy!

HHMI BioInteractive – It really is through innovative science education programs that HHMI seeks to strengthen education in biology,and related sciences from elementary school to graduate studies and beyond. Educators will find a wealth of information and resources including sources from Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, and even 3D Printing. There is something for just about any STEM classroom  that is ready to engage students.

Blendspace – This amazing tool is one of the easiest ways to blend the classroom with digital content. Teachers can collect and organize web resources in one place and share with just one link. It is also possible to assess students and measure student understanding with built-in quizzes. There are even tools to monitor student progress while adapting to individual needs in real-time. The easy drag and drop interface allows a STEM lesson to be completed in 5 minutes!

EIE – Engineering is Elementary EIE) supports educators and children with curricula and professional development that develop engineering literacy. EiE serves children and educators in grades K- 8 with research-based, teacher-tested curriculum materials for schools and out-of-school time programs. The program also help teachers build skills and confidence in teaching engineering and technology in their professional development workshops..

Roots and Shoots  –Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. This amazing website builds on the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face.  From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action which engages students in authentic learning.

Click To Science –The basic foundation of Click2Science is their 20 Skills to Make STEM Click. These are skills they claim are necessary to implement science effectively in an out-of-school time settings. Click2Science really is an indispensable resource for staff working directly with youth and for coaches and trainers working with staff. It also a resource that classroom teachers may just want to get some STEM ideas from.

eCYBERMISSION – This is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Student teams propose a solution to a real problem in their community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards. This activity challenges students to explore how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics work in their world.

Kidwind – Educators are invited to browse through countless short videos, PowerPoint presentations, hands-on lessons, and student-friendly online reading that will allow students to begin learning about renewable energy. Every one of these resources is completely free and available for teachers and students to use and enjoy.

Screenleap – STEM teachers can find this a great tool to share screens throughout the classroom. Screenleap currently offers two types of screen sharing: desktop screen sharing and browser sharing. Desktop screen sharing is where one shares a computer screen with other people. Browser sharing is a special type of screen sharing where one only shares only the contents of the browser window.

NICERC – The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center focuses on curriculum design, professional development, and collaboration in K-12 education.  This is a project-driven curricula that creates a context for the content at every level of learning. Professional development programs for K-12 teachers enable educators to motivate creativity and innovation in students through problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication.

The Harnessed Atom  – Take a moment to explore this middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum extension that focuses on nuclear science and energy. It offers teachers accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in the world. The curriculum includes essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy science.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Booking Info – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already beginning to fill fall dates for 2015 – Mike

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Stepping Toward Personalized Learning and a Lesson on Walls… plus a Free Webinar

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I want to take a break from my Over 70 STEM Resource Series to have a conversation on Personalized Learning and its relationship to the Walls of education. Please take a moment to read and reflect on my ideas of what Personalized Learning might be and realize that there may be other translations.  I also would like to invite you to a free ISTE OLN Webinar on Personalized Learning with Andrew Miller.  Information on the webinar is below. Also, be on the look out for another series I have entitled the ABC’s of PBL… Investigating Seven Building Blocks! First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). You can also find booking information at the end of the post. I would enjoy working with you at your school or conference. Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Free Webinar – ISTE Online Learning Network: Personalized Learning with Andrew Miller
Monday, February 2 at 6 PM EST

As president of the ISTE OLN I invite you to our Webinar hosted by Michele Eaton (@lyonmi) and featuring Andrew Miller (@betamiller) . Not only is Andrew a friend, but he is an wonderful educator, writing and providing PD for BIE (Buck Institute), ASCD, and Edutopia. You will enjoy Andrew’s entertaining and informative look into the amazing world of Personalized Learning. Use the below link to register. Also be on the look out for my Webinar on PBL at PBS Learning Media later in the month. Note that there will be archives of both webinars. Register below for Personalized Learning – Michael Gorman (@mjgormans)

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Stepping Toward Personalized Learning and a Lesson on Walls… Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

When I first started teaching in the 1970’s there was an emphasis on ability grouping. Each teacher had a classroom and it was separated by other classrooms by those all too familiar concrete walls. Students were grouped… and walked through a similar curriculum, in different rooms, at different pacing. Perhaps the  one room schools of only four wall prior to this era  was a little closer to what could someday be the future.

By the late 1970’s and early 1908’s the idea of Individualized Instruction became a buzzword. This idea involved allowing students to go at their own pace, through the same curriculum and standards, proceeding when they gained mastery. The aim was to eliminate large group lecture and grouping, and instead emphasize individual progress and small group instruction. Since everyone was learning at their own pace, schools were eliminating classroom walls proving what was referred to as an open education settings. Teachers could work beyond what use to be their classroom walls. The movement was a step at focusing on the student as an individual learner. As I look back at this, I begin to realize that while schools were focusing on the individual, this should not get confused with Personalized Learning. Note that all students still went through the same lessons, with the only difference being… the pacing. In most cases the teacher was the manager of the process with students taking the uniform and appropriate steps mandated by a content standard based curriculum. It was not Personalized Learning but it was a great step at focusing on the individual.

Later in my career there was another step that may have gone beyond Individualized Instruction. In fact at this time period, the walls in the classrooms were being rebuilt and grouping was beginning to appear once again. Without a technology infrastructure that could truly provide individualization, each student moving through the same curriculum at their own pace was a difficult task. Instead of grouping by classrooms across the school, that practice before individualization, the tendency was to somewhat group inside each classroom. This of course allowed schools to rebuild those walls between classrooms. At this time the practice of Differentiated Instruction was becoming prevalent. It was noted that students not only learn at their own pace, but also have different learning styles. Teachers began changing lessons to accommodate these different styles. This was (and still is) a powerful step and is still a common practice of today. Note that the students are still going through the same curriculum with the teacher managing the process. There is an important focus on student learning style, but not necessarily the student interest. Technology has become a wonderful assistant to the process of Differentiated Instruction, and with this infusion of technology has brought another change to the school walls.

There seems to be discussion today involving the concept of Personalized Learning. Sometimes it is even blurred with the ideas of Individual and/or Differentiated Instruction. The difference between the words Instruction and Learning in these terms may actually be an important key. This difference might be the secret to transformational change in education and of course,  those school walls. The advent of the internet has empowered students to a wealth of information and possibilities. Students are now learning 24/7, and the method of learning may be  quite different outside, as compared to inside the school classroom walls. Personalized Learning acknowledges this change, and begins to focus on the student becoming an owner of their own learning. Through Personalized Learning, students work with the teacher in the design of curriculum staying within proper constraints. The teacher becomes a co-learner and coach, assisting in the activation of  learning possibilities. This might take place especially in classrooms emphasizing flipped learning environment, PBL(Project Based Learning),  blended learning, online learning, deep learning, STEM/STEAM education, or in a classroom where a teacher is incorporating a student centered learning approach. As educators move toward Personalized Learning, the whole design of the classroom begins to change. There is an amplification of  authenticity, connections, and relevance filled with student driven purpose. The culture of learning becomes more important than the classroom. The students and teacher are engaged in the process of learning…. and the walls…. they no longer matter!

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already taking fall dates for 2015 – Mike

 

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Part 1… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

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As you might know I am active and write about PBL, Tech Integration, 21st Century Classroom Transformation, but I also have always enjoyed work in the STEM (STEAM) areas! Since I have spent a lot of time researching STEM resources for workshops, I thought I would share some of what I have found over the past year with you!  This is the first of many posts that will bring you over 70  STEM links. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already taking fall dates for 2015 – Mike

Part 1… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites - Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

I hope you will enjoy this series of STEM  posts covering over 70 resource links. I have tried to locate resources, tools, and programs that will assist STEM educators in their multiple fields. In the list below you will find the listing with a link, along with a short description. I have tried to include several different categories.

  • Programs and institutions that support  STEM educators
  • STEM content/lesson sites that contain resources ready for the STEM classroom
  • Interactive resources and tools that could be used in the STEM environment
  • Organizations and tools that you might not think of first in STEM… but have STEM possibilities

Make sure you sign up for this goldmine of ongoing STEMtastics links. If you have a resource please let me know and perhaps we can make the list over 100! Along with at least one STEM post once a month, I will continue to bring other posts through out the month with ideas and resources covering all of the other 21st century education, technology integration, PBL, and education transformation resources, practices, and ideas. Enjoy the journey and the first ten links!

STEAM to STEM – This organization is an advocate for STEAM education. It contains resources and information that allows educators to promote the Arts in STEM education (STEAM). An objective of the STEAM movement is to transform research policy with a goal place Art + Design at the center of STEM.

National Academies of Science – The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Discover news, issues, resources, and policies devoted to promoting science across the nation.

BIE – The BUCK Institute (BIE) is a nonprofit organization that is a world leader in promoting, providing resources, and training teachers in PBL (Project Based Learning). It promotes authenticity in student work and the crossing of disciplines such as STEM in order to show connections as students learn by doing. Check out their projects database.

The Flipped Learning Network – This organization has a mission to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning. Flipped Learning has it start in many STEM based classroom providing out of class lectures which allowed for more in class inquiry based STEM learning.

AAAS – The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. Be sure to read the area entitled enhancing education for some great education resources.

ITEEA – This organization known as the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association has a strong emphasis on STEM education. It is a mission of ITEEA to strengthen education through leadership, professional development, membership services, publications, and classroom activities

Nasa Quest – the NASA Quest Challenges are free Web-based, interactive explorations. They are designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes. These real life solutions relate to issues encountered daily by NASA personnel giving students an authenticity to learning.

Science NetLinks – An amazing K-12 science education resource produced by AAAS. Discover free teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities. Lessons and activities can be printed or used online. Many of the interactive, e-sheets, and tools work on the interactive white board, in a computer lab, or a 1 to 1 program.

EduCanon – Videos can be a wonderful resource for any STEM Classroom. This incredible tool allows teachers to use their created videos or ones they find online and make them interactive for their students. It really is a great way to provide formative learning and assessment since online classrooms can be set up to monitor usage and answers. A great resource for those looking at creative ways to Flip their STEM classroom.

Change the Equation – Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States. One interesting are is the vital signs of STEM that gives a state by state report along with STEMtistics and the STEM Data Base.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

Booking Info – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already taking fall dates for 2015 – Mike

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Ten Possible Education Headlines For 2015 : Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! I would like to thank all of you for your kind words and support as I write my sixth annual New Years Post. Please continue to write and comment!  Every year I either resubmit or write new headlines we might like to see, headlines we might actually see, and  headlines that might just be fun! While I am not suggesting any of them will become a reality, it is always exciting to dream and imagine!  I wish all of you the very best as you enter a New Year!  Thank you so much for  your support, thoughts, and reflections through out  these past years.  Keep up the great work in our schools, you really are the best!  If you happen to think of a headline, please share with all of us and have a wonderful New Year! Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this post by RSS or email and follow me on twitter. (mjgormans)- Take a moment and share this post through email or retweet!  I wish you the very best for 2015 and beyond! – Michael Gorman

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Ten Possible Headline for 2015 from  Michael Gorman at https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/  

Federal Government Institutes Affordable Internet Reform for all AmericansFinally the government has realized that the internet has become a necessity, especially for all school age children at home. Studies and tests will be done for the rest of this decade.  A new government website will be up and running by the end of the following decade, with testing done by current internet suppliers for the decade after that. Full implementation will take place by 2050 covering wired connections only. States electing not to participate must have a plan of action by 2075.

Teachers Forced To Rewrite Web Literacy Curriculum After Legitimate Discovery Of The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus - It would just be fun to see one of those fake sites actually become a reality. I chose the Tree Octopus because I am not sure if cats and bearded men will ever find a resolution, whales may consume to much of Lake Michigan’s habitat, and dihydrogen monoxide still makes me laugh!

CCSS (Common Core State Standards) to be replaced by the UCSS (Uncommon Core State Standards) – A special task force  established to study common attributes of the Common Core found that it was actually no longer common with the withdrawal of numerous states writing their own CCCSS (Copy of Common Core State Standards). The new name was praised by numerous politicians and talk radio hosts causing many states to adopt the newly labeled UCSS (Uncommon Core State Standards). The standards themselves will remain as written under the original CCSS (Common Core State Standards).

Government Officials Suggest Novel Approach in New Bill:  Allocate Adequate  Funds To Facilitate Educational Mandates - Wow, there really is more to educational legislation than passing laws. Many politicians also call for an investigation on who may have made all of these educational mandates. This could turn into an interesting process! It was declared there will be no blaming. Several legislatures almost ran into some flying pigs while leaving the general session.

Elearning Days To Replace Snow Make Up Days – Schools across the deep south have embraced the idea of snow day make up using elearning. It was a wide open road that all parties could agree on. States to the north said it may take a while for them to warm up to this idea. The course of action will not take place until the Affordable Internet Reform Act takes place in 2075. Northern states said the climate maybe better at that time for them to reinvestigate. There was no time left for politicians to address Global Warming Legislation in the current session.

Internet Filter Companies Reinvent Themselves As School Officials Learn That Blocking Internet Content May Also Be Blocking 21st Century Learning - While there needs to be a practice that protects children as they use the internet, many schools have bent over backwards trying to make the collaborative environment all but impossible for students and teachers. An unsuccessful search attempt was made to provide further research on this subject.

New Government Energy Study Finds That Educational Textbooks Could Be Useful As A Major Source Of Fossil FuelsFinally an amazing plan that suggests that our vast supply of textbooks are useful after all, and could lead to energy independence. It was stated later in the article that student backpack manufacturers will lobby against this effort.

Federal Government Goes Beyond Declaring Recession Over By Stating It Is “Officially Over”… Predicts That Education Should Feel Positive Impact By End Of CenturyThe article continues by stating, “We may have never really had an actual recession but just a period of fewer jobs.” The word “Recession” could no longer be defined since the last Textbook had been used as fossil fuel and someone had blocked search engines from the school internet filters.

A New Study Suggests That Online Student Collaboration Be Supported In Schools… Claims That Students Can’t Learn It All On Facebook – I am certain at least one of the people in this study attended a presentation on Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives. It really is true, Digital Natives need guidance from Digital Immigrants in order to work effectively in a Digital World.  Now, did someone tell the filtering companies!

The Number One Education App Already Available In Every Classroom – The number one education App was selected by multitudes of students, and those who had ever been students. Unfortunately, this App is not available in the Google Market Place or Apple App Store. The App can only be found in classrooms across the world. It is of course… our teachers.  No amount of electricity, technology, internet, or ones and zeros could ever match the effectiveness that a real teacher brings to education. This article sends out big word of appreciation to all those dedicated and amazing educators across the world. Thank you!

I have included an eleventh headline below. It is one that I will make sure is posted every year!

World Wide Effort Placing Education  And Children As Top Priority Results In  Movement Toward “Peace On Earth - Not only does this effort result in world peace, but health, energy, environment, food, and poverty are also addressed!  No further editorial needed!

Thanks for joining in a posting that I hope brought a smile to your face. Together as educators we must continue to work together to bring to our students an education that is engaging, relevant, and intrinsic! Continue to visit and take a moment to comment. Please accept my invitation to subscribe by RSS or email and follow me on Twitter at (mjgormans). I promise some great posts in the year 2015. Take a moment to share this post with others with a retweet! Thank you for your kind words both at this blog and at my presentations and webinars!  May the year 2015 be filled with both personal and professional growth, along with satisfaction! Wishing You A Very Happy New Year – Mike

Booking Info – Are you looking for  professional development workshop for your school or conference that provides resources and techniques that educators can use tomorrow ?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations. I also still work for a school district so my services are practical and affordable.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. My 2015 dates before August   are just about full. I am taking new dates for August 2015 and beyond!

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