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Integrating Technology with Project Based Learning… Four Indicators to Blend the Learning

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Welcome to this April post designed to look at the idea of technology and PBL. In my work at the BUCK Institute (BIE). I am often asked about the relationship of PBL and technology. This post is designed to give you my best reflection as to how they can work together. Also, be on the look out for my next few series… entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning, Going Beyond the Tech Shine,  and also… 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. 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.

PBL and Technology Twitter Chat – Just a quick note to let you know that Graphite which is part of the Common Sense Media Organization will be hosting our their first  this Thurs (4/16/2015) at 7 PM – 8 PM EDT. The theme of the chat is “Weaving Tech into Teaching with Project-Based Learning,”  I know I plan on attending and learning from others and hope to see you there.  

Integrating Technology with Project Based Learning… Four Indicators to Blend the Learning-  Michael Gorman

There are many educators that believe that Project Base Learning must be integrated with technology. In a sense this could be correct, although it depends on the definition of technology. One must remember that John Dewey was an advocate of projects long before the laptop computer, or even mainframe. He did believe that students must be doing, and this does involve something beyond sitting in a row listening to a lecture. Doing involves using tools, and tools are a basic definition of technology. It is for this reason that some form of analog and pre-analog technology should be blended into the learning experience..

In this increasing binary world it is also important to bring in digital devices including the computer, and so many other electronic tools. The SAMR Model ( developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura  http://www.hippasus.com/) must be examined and considered. SAMR is based on the progressive steps of Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Replacement. It is the SAMR lens that can be a first step in enhancing the PBL experience… amplifying opportunities with endless possibilities.

I would like to suggest that PBL should include some type of blended experience. With this idea in mind I have wish to provide to you four indicators that could be investigated when blending technology into the PBL experience.This is a quick preview of one of the building blocks I feel help makeup PBL and deeper learning.

The Four Indicators – While PBL does not require all four, it is important to keep in mind that one or all the indicators can be employed to enhance the learning experience. Also, it is important that these indicators be used in alignment with expected standards. You can read more in the future post… Going Beyond the Technology Shine.

Analog Tools – In referring to analog I include tools that have been in existence long before the first vacuum tube. Perhaps it is a paint bush, a carpenter’s tool, or some items from a maker’s workshop. These may be referred to as the analog tools. There are all of those the pre-digital age tools that can still be used to engage learning. Take a moment and watch a child play with an old fashion toy and it will become obvious there is still a world of possibilities from a past era. In fact,there are some experiences that the world of advanced technology and computers could never replace. PBL demands that student do… and tools beyond paper and pencil can provided so much. We must never forget that smell of a first crayon, or the joy of playing more with the box… then the item inside. Of course we can also include some of those true analog tools that actually do contain a vacuum tube.

Digital Substitution and/or Augmentation – In this area we do explore the arena of digital tools. . In the 21st century classroom digital technology can also be infused. Many times this is used with the infusion of a digital device, either one to one, or in a lesser extent. Through the study of the SAMR Model, educators can learn to Substitute and even Modify activities using technology. This form of integration allows for enhancement and must be carefully thought-out. After all, there may be times and situations that the learning experience could be more powerful and effective with the analog approach. When one or both of these two steps are applied successfully, technology will foster a positive impact on PBL.

Digital Modification and/or Replacement – This reflects the second two letters, Modification and Replacement, of the SAMR Model. You may wish to learn more about the SAMR Model and how it relates with Bloom’s Taxonomy at this site from Common Sense. At these levels of integration skilled use of technology allows for a true transformation to take place in the PBL environment. PBL experiences are amplified and new possibilities exist that were not possible in the analog only world, or even when digital technology is used to Substitute and Augment. It is at this point that students can venture into real voice and choice, deeper learning, and reapplying of knowledge. This level also allows for students to practice the 4 C’s at deeper levels while moving up Bloom’s Ladder. Keep in mind that much of this can still happen under the analog structure, but together the experience and learning can be further amplified. Connections to authenticity can be strengthened.

Digital Tools Beyond the Device – It must be remembered that the digital world goes beyond just the binary devices whether it be a computer or tablet. There are a multitudes of digital possibilities including toys, cameras, GPS units, games, robots, and some amazing electronic wonders. An investigation in the of the Makers World will not only enlighten the digital possibilities, it may also bring a new look to the analog world. Keep in mind that as this amazing shine is brought into the classroom, it must also be integrated with those important curriculum standards.

One can only imagine what John Dewey may have done in today’s 21st century classroom. It is certain that he would have had the students helping him make those decisions by blending all the technology indicators I have shared. As you may now see, I really believe that PBL has always relied on some sort of technology, no matter how basic it may have been. After all, it is the tools that allow students to do. Remember that doing connects to learning. It is important for educators to understand that digital technology along with past and pre-analog tools can help foster a blended learning experience beyond the classroom and its physical walls, reaching to the community and a wonderful authentic world.

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. PBL really allows for student centered learning that an authentic and deep way. Contact me to learn more. 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/

Coming Soon – The ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning… 40 Great Tech Sites for 2015… Going Beyond the Technology Shine… a collection of three series of posts you will not want to miss. Sign Up Now

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

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Part 8… STEM Resource Series… 80 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to this April post and the  eighth in a series of posts that will bring you over 70  STEM links. As promised with this posting, I have provided over 70 amazing STEM possibilities… in fact the count is at 80! Be on the look out for my next series… entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. 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.

Part 8… STEM Resource Series… 80 Stemtastic Sites – Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

 If you wish to see the prior post with all of their resources… Click Below… also email or reply with your own STEM Site. I will try to fit it in to a bonus post. I have already received a few suggestions. Keep them coming!

eGFI Dream Up The Future – Be ready to discover a variety of tools to boost your students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand your own professional horizons and stay informed. There is also an amazing free newsletter with updated features that will arrive in your in-box every month. This is a site that is a must visit for any STEM teacher.

NSF Resources For STEM Education – A great collection of teacher resources, instructional materials, assessment, and up-to-date research regarding STEM. This site focuses on findings generated through educational research and development projects funded in part by the National Science Foundation You will find resources that will help you develop strategies for improving K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education

PBS STEM Education Resources Center – Great information from PBS including engaging lessons, activities, and of course those award winning PBS videos. You will have an opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through television and online content.

NSDL – The National Science Digital Library has some outstanding resources that include numerous links to some great STEM programs and organizations. You will discover high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The resources include formal and informal, institutional and individual, in local, state, national, and international educational settings.

Design Squad Nation – Another great service from PBS filled with some entertaining and engaging ways to integrate STEM into any classroom. Teachers can explore and use Design Squad Nation activities, animations, video profiles, and episodes in classrooms and after-school programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home.

Museum of Science – Great database allowing STEM teachers to search for lessons and ideas involving science, math, and engineering from one of the finest science museums located in Boston. You will note that this link brings some wonderful online and digital STEM activities, experiences, and exhibits. It clearly is a must visit for those wanting to bring STEM into the classroom.

APlusPhysics – This site is designed to help high school physics students and beginning college physics students succeed in the authentic world of physics.  APlusPhysics is a free online physics resource that focuses on problem solving, understanding, and real-world applications in the context of high school physics. Discover podcasts, readings, and amazing project possibilities.

CIESE– Explore a website dedicated to improving K-16 STEM education through the meaningful and effective integration of technology.  CIESE fosters the use of research-based instructional methodologies and technologies to improve and pioneer novel technologies to explore and better understand their impact on improved education and society.

My Science Box– At My Science Box you’ll find complete, scaffolded lesson plans to teach a 4-6 week middle school science unit through activities, projects, and field trips. The lessons have been tested and should provide some great STEM activities for those students in the middle.

Cases Online – This website provides a collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage students by exploring the science behind real-world problems. Its goals are to promotes self-directed and life-long learners, critical thinkers and keen problem solvers. Cases are grounded in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL).

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. While I have supplied 80 STEM resources I am working on finding 20 more so that the total list will be 100! 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/

Coming Next – The ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning… a series you will not want to miss. Sign Up Now

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 7… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to the last March post and the  seventh in a series of 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.

Part 7… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites – Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

 If you wish to see the prior post with all of their resources… Click Below… also email or reply with your own STEM Site. I will try to fit it in to a bonus post. I have already received a few suggestions. Keep them coming!

Science Buddies – Looking for inspiration for a science fair project? Science Buddies has over 1,000 Project Ideas in all areas of science. It is also important to note that Science Buddies isn’t just for science fairs! Let your students try out science activities for a quick science exploration or just plain science fun.

Algodoo – An amazing free program, Algodoo gives teachers and students the opportunity to play with physics. One can use their own hands and simple drawing tools to design, construct and explore the world of physics. If it sounds like an interesting idea, than Algodoo is that program to take a look at. It is available for iPad, Windows, or Mac.

Code Academy – If your students are into coding… this maybe the place to go. With a mission set on teaching the world how to code, Code Academy just might be the right program. There are resources to help educators with coding and tools to make it happen in the school.

Maker Camp – Here is an opportunity to join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. You will find that Maker Camp inspires kids ages 13-18 to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it. Everything is archived so all lessons and projects will be available at Maker Camp even after the summer.

EchoEarth – The mission of this site is to equip today’s youth with relevant tools, interactive resources and timely information to help them take action by identifying and working to solve environmental challenges in their communities. It utilizes service-learning to help students identify the root of a problem, develop an action plan and execute that plan in their community. There is a wonderful collection of rich online resources to assist teachers and students.

Graphite – Common Sense Media welcomes offers you Graphite, a platform created to make it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.  You will find many of these resources embrace STEM.

Popplet – Teachers can use this tool to promote student metacognition and learning. Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.  This is an ideal classroom to promote STEM and conceptual thinking

AAS – The American Astronomical Society has a wealth of STEM information in relationship the study of the universe. This link leads to the education page. Here one can find educational opportunities and resources to enrich the STEM classroom.

STEM Education Coalition  – The STEM Education Coalition works aggressively to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays. Discover an abundance of STEM ideas, facts, research, and resource to help with STEM advocacy.

EDpuzzle – Use only what is needed from any video. Search for videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, Crash Course, etc. Insert audio notes or record over a video with voice. Add questions along the video to give students immediate feedback and track their understanding. Upload your videos to EDpuzzle and make them perfect for any STEM class.

 

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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Project Based Learning Connects To Flip Learning… Plus Hundreds of Resources

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Welcome a post that is a companion to my PBL Flipped Learning Presentation.  You will see that Flipped Learning really does connect with PBL plus find 100’s of resources.  Those at my presentation will even learn more!  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.

Project Based Learning and Flipped Classrooms: There Really is a Connection – Mike Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Have you ever considered flipping your classroom and engaging students in Project Based Learning at the same time? As I study these learning processes I see possibilities that allow the two to not only coexist, but also complement each other. How might this work? They do share similar emphasis on higher order thinking skills. Another not so obvious way the two can complement each other is based on productivity and time. Let’s take a closer look.

As you might know Project Based Learning (PBL) is a dynamic process that allows students to learn and understand content at Bloom’s highest level while taking an active part in their learning. PBL provides for deep inquiry, which leads to rich and powerful understanding. Through authentic experiences, and a driving question that engages students with content standards, PBL has the ability to be a delivery method for the student centered classroom. In PBL, formative learning activities are scaffolded throughout the project. This allows for productivity between content delivery, facilitation, and student production.  Let’s consider a way to allow for even more student productivity in PBL, which can  exponentially spiral learning,  How can this increased productivity for both teacher and learner take place? A flipped infusion just might  be the answer.

As you might already know the Flipped Classroom was first coined with the idea that class lectures are recorded and watched at home while the teacher assists students with homework in school. Technology makes this very basic scenario a real possibility. Through the years the Flipped Classroom concept has become more sophisticated with an increased benefit to the student. While lectures still may be ported for home use, teachers have found powerful ways to  utilize class time beyond homework help. The Flipped Classroom has become more of a Flipped Learning experience. While instructional videos may be  viewed at  home, teachers are providing higher order learning activities at school to compliment the home learning experience.

As we look at the process of PBL and Flipped Learning we can begin to see how the two together can promote Bloom’s higher order learning.  Together they provide  a streamlining of valuable time, which in turn allows for increased productivity. As we continue to examine this concept several other added benefits are accomplished.

First, as teachers combine the PBL and Flipped experience,  they see learning spiral. This allows teachers the opportunity to bring the home learning experience up a notch. Students are provided open ended questions, engaging interactive activities, and front loaded thought provoking videos at home that can spur classroom discussions and activities for the next class period. This blended experience erases the classroom walls allowing for an authentic and constant learning experience. Instructional videos, while still used at home, can also be incorporated as part of the PBL scaffold during class time.  After-all, research has demonstrated that an instructional video can be more time productive than a live lecture. Plus, there is also the added benefit of the student able to pause, rewind, and replay the instruction. Try that in a lecture. Please note that the teacher is still available for face to face time in order to provide any reinforcement needed in the learning process.

In this day of what appears to be numerous educational initiatives, it is exciting to see how two are able to work in harmony with each other. In fact, as we further reflect we just might see how other initiatives such as 21st century competencies (4 C’s), technology integration, digital curriculum and literacy, 1 to 1 computing, PBL, and Flipped Learning really do blend as one.  In closing, we just may wish to ask, how many educational initiatives there really are? Perhaps there are not as many as we originally thought. It may be time for you to see how PBL and Flipped Learning really can work in productive harmony. After implementing these two practices, you may wish to work on student centered learning next. Or perhaps you will have already done it!

Now… Discover Links to Hundreds of Resources

Webinars and Podcasts

PBS Learning Media: Flipped Classrooms For Real Learning: Definitions, Resources and Tools – Educators keep hearing about the benefits of flipping their classrooms, but what does that really mean? PBS Learning Media invites you to join Jon Bergmann, a pioneer in the Flipped Class Movement and co-author of Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day – along with Mike Gorman, a 21st century educational technology and learning expert.

BAM Radio Interview with Michael Gorman – Listen to Jon Bergmann author of Flip Your Classroom interview Michael Gorman who has served education for 37 years and has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop program and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana and a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE,  Follet,  and November Learning. Mike is on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech & Learning Magazine.

ISTE Presentation of PBL 8 Essentials With Michael Gorman – Join Mike at ISTE in Atlanta as he shares the 8 essential elements found in PBL. This is a must video for those wanting to get started with PBL.

PBL Links

BIE Tools – PBL Project Search – Here you will find a collection of 450 proven lesson plans to set any PBL desire into action. Look at the database found on the right hand side of the page.

West Virginia PBL Project Data Base  – This is a wonderful site where teachers can search through the subjects of reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, dance, visual arts, theater, and music. You can select from grade two all the way through grade twelve. These are PBL projects made by teachers for teachers!

Learning Reviews – This website claims to connect kids to learning on the web. It really connects kids to awesome, engaging, rigorous, and relevant projects. It points to numerous websites on the internet that house some great PBL possibilities. Be sure to check out all of the subjects and grade levels.

Here are more than 30 websites with free PBL examples, guidance, rubrics, and templates.  To see project-based learning lessons sorted by subject go to:

Edutopia – Learn all about Project Based Learning from the amazing people at Edutopia. You will discover lessons, videos, and thought provoking articles that will peak your PBL interest!

Flipped Learning Network – Network for those wishing to learn more about Flipped Learning

Turning Learning on its Head – Wonderful site from Jon Bergmann devoted to flipping the learning.

Cycles of Learning – Ramsey Mussullam provides some wonderful insight into flipped learning

Other Links from Mike’s Flipped Classroom and PBL Presentation

Flipped Classroom Resources – A goldmine of Flipped Resources

PBL Super Highway – 45 Links to some great resources to help with PBL

170 Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom – Yes… Mike really did come up with 170 ways!

10 Tools to Engage Students in Academic Discussions –  These tools are a must read fro anyone facilitating elearning

10 Pointers Academics in Online Discussions – Don’t miss this article focusing on Digital Citizenship and learning.

Engaging Classroom Lessons with Simple One Take Video – Flip your classroom, engage in PBL, encourage student creation.

57 Digital Interactives for All Teachers – Check out these amazing possibilities for formative learning in class and at home.

Pre-search Strategies – Great ways to begin that search

Multimedia for PBL Content and Flipped Video

PBS Learning Media – Launched within the last year, PBS Teachers is an awesome place for all kinds of educational multimedia. PBS Teachers is PBS’ national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources.

The Khan Academy – At Khan, students and teachers are encouraged to “Watch… Practice… Learn almost anything for free”. The academy has a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 276 practice exercises.

TedEd – The the makers of TED… these really are some wonderful flipped lessons with formative tools built in. These are definite lessons worth sharing! You can even make your own.

MIT K12 Video – A wonderful collection of videos that cover some difficult STEM concepts in a very simple way. Join these MIT students as they try their best to get K12 students to understand.

Discovery Education – This outstanding pay service also has a section that is free, found via this link. Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell.

Some Content Making Tools for PBL and Flip

EduCannon – Create video and even insert questions for formative assessment along the way. A great tool for those who Flip

Jing – A screen capture tool great for explaining content or showing students how to perform a task.

Screencast-o-matic – Another tool perfect for content creation and flipping the classroom.

Books

Flipped Learning Network

BIE Store

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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Part 6… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to the another March post and the  sixth in a series of 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.

Part 6… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites – Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

 If you wish to see the prior post with all of their resources… Click Below… also email or reply with your own STEM Site. I will try to fit it in to a bonus post. I have already received a few suggestions. Keep them coming!

MIT K12 – This site was built around a simple idea: K12 educators and MIT should be working together to make movies for K12 students. Educators submit ideas for experiments or demonstrations they would like to see an MIT student perform and explain in a short video. MIT students can then “check out” these assignments or they can come up with their own ideas and check them out themselves. The result is an amazing K12 STEM video online to be used in the classroom.

Science Update– This is an amazing 60-second feature radio show covering the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Science Update answers listeners’ science questions, phoned in to a toll-free answer line, 1-800-WHY-ISIT (949-4748), or submitted to the online form. A week’s worth of Science Update news briefs is available for download as the Science Update Podcast

Secret Lives of Wild Animals – This is a wonderful website for children that features special creature cams—videos from the animal’s viewpoint. Through this NSF portal, students can explore though modern technologies intimate glimpses of rarely seen behaviors of wild animals.

BEN– Also known as Bioscinet, the BEN Portal provides access to education resources from BEN Collaborators and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Over 19,290 reviewed resources covering 77 biological sciences topics are available. BEN resources will help engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are aligned with national standards for content.

American Mathematical Society –The Society’s programs and services for its members and the global mathematical community includes many facets.  AMS provides professional programs; publications; meetings and conferences; support for young scholars programs; tools such as MRef for researchers and authors; and a Public Awareness Office that provides resources to members, students, teachers, the media, and the general public.

Mathematical Imagery  Visit amazing galleries that express math in the design of Gothic cathedrals, Rose windows, oriental rugs, mosaics and tiles to name a few. Explore geometric forms that were fundamental to the cubists and many abstract expressionists. See the math in tessellations, deformations, reflections, Platonic solids, spirals, symmetry, and the hyperbolic plane. )

Discover Engineering  – This organization coalition of volunteer engineer professionals works together to celebrate engineering and give students hands-on experiences with engineering.

PHET– Explore these very best of Interactive Science Simulations they are fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET™ project at the University of Colorado.

The Center for K12 STEM Education – The K-12 STEM education programs work with articulated science and math learning standards, the new Common Core standards and emerging standards in engineering, technology and other disciplines. This outreach from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering engage teachers directly in STEM focused programs and initiatives.

Girlstart– This is an organization that has a mission to empower girls in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This link brings educators to a set of online modules that have been created to get girls involved in STEM activities.

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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Part 5… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to the second post of March and the  fifth in a series of 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 5… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites – Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

 If you wish to see the prior post with all of their resources… Click Below

Sunrise – – Virtual learning can be considered 3D learning without boundaries. Explore this amazing technology that allows you to step into an interactive environment full of information. It might be visiting New York, exploring the human cell, flying through the Solar System, or traveling back in time to Ancient Egypt.  Experiencing something in real-time 3D allows any subject to become more understandable. Complex ideas soon become accessible and understandable.

The Connectory – This is a new STEM opportunity that will open in April 2015, so visit the sight and sign up for their newsletter now. The Connectory will be a searchable database for all people interested in STEM.. It is designed to increase access to high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education beyond the classroom for youth and families across the nation and in their local communities. This Directory will house thousands of STEM opportunities, submitted by science centers, museums, schools and other youth-serving organizations.

Understanding Science… How Science Really Works – Discover this assembly of resources to help educators increase student understanding of nature and process of science. There is a collection of wonderful lesson plans, teaching tips, and pedagogical strategies You can also visit a Teacher’s Lounge or explore the all-level resources. It is fun to discover how science really works.

Rubistar – This is a wonderful free tool, supported by a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its goal is to help educators with the creation of assessment rubrics for a wide variety of student activities. There are numerous STEM possibilities that will guide student learning and assessment. You may even wish to build some of your own 21st Century Skill rubrics that are so important to the verbs yo find in your STEM Standards.

The Conrad Foundation –This is a program for high school students and their coaches (teachers, parents) to Get Their Genius On. Students use science, technology, and engineering and math skills as teams develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting global sustainability. The Conrad Challenge matches participants with world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs as mentors.

FUSE– Discover this new kind of interest-driven learning experience being developed by researchers at Northwestern University. Their goal is to engage pre-teens and teens in science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics (STEAM) topics while fostering the development of important 21st century skills. Along with the 4 C’s, this means adaptive problem solving, creativity, self-directed learning, persistence, and grit

Project Breaker – Discover a mission to drive social innovation and alternative learning by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Project Breaker connects young people with global thought leaders and industry experts to answer challenges like literacy, urban agriculture, STEM, and other technology for civic engagement. Students engage in creative problem-solving design process and teach the entrepreneurial skills necessary to transform ideas into businesses.

Real World Design Challenges  – RWDC is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Student teams address a challenge that confronts our nation’s leading industries. Students utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions.

One World Education  – This organization provides middle and high school Common Core literacy programs and allows for the publishing of student essays on cultural, STEM, and global issues. This facilitation allows for non-fiction reading and writing, while promoting peer-to-peer learning, and building college and career writing skills.

STEM Education Data Trends – How well prepared are the students in your state in science and mathematics? Am I doing enough to help my students? What are the various career opportunities in science and engineering fields? How much do science and engineering workers really earn? This website from NSF allows anyone to explore the answers to these and other questions, by providing easy access to data on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and related careers

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 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) 

 If you wish to see the prior post with all of their resources… Click Below

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/

Coming Soon – The ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning… a series you will not want to miss. Sign Up Now!

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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