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3 Ways to Incorporate STEM with Distance Learning

Posted by Braydon Moreno on Sep 29, 2020 8:30:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Schools and educational institutions are preparing environments so that students can learn at home, should the need comes. This includes equipping them with the necessary technology to make the “virtual classroom” a reality. More often that not, STEM learning is not a focus in these virtual classrooms although it needs to be.

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Topics: distance learning, distance teaching, STEM, STEAM, STEM education, STEAM education, STEM learning

STEM Careers: Medical and Health Care Manager

Posted by Hannah Olson on Sep 24, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Medical and health services managers are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the behind-the-scenes aspects that keep hospitals, nursing homes, group practises, and other health care facilities running efficiently.

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Topics: STEM, STEM education, STEAM education

Preventing Learning Loss by Building Buy-In

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Sep 22, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Coming into this new school year has been a mixed bag of emotions for everyone: anxiety, excitement, worry, relief. Although many schools are starting the year in-class, the possibility of switching to distance learning can add stress and uncertainty to the list especially for those juggling more than one child in school, work responsibilities, and maintaining some semblance of balance at home. There are quite a few news and social media posts of children trying hard to be excited about learning online but struggling. Understandably, this leads to concerns of substantial learning loss for our students.

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Topics: student engagement, distance learning, distance teaching, teacher tips, student learning, education

Note-Taking 101: The Basics

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Sep 17, 2020 8:30:00 AM

I take lots of notes. Notes for projects at work. Notes when I take a training. Notes when I’m in a meeting. Notes for things I need to do at home. So many notes! But I have discovered in my many, many years of taking notes that if I don’t immediately go back and review them, highlighting what I seriously need to do and/or remember, those notes are just words on a page stored in a notebook (of more pages of notes).

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Topics: student engagement, teacher tips, student learning

STEM Careers: Operations Research Analyst

Posted by Hannah Olson on Sep 15, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Operations research analysts are mathematical experts who use their skills to solve problems and make decisions that affect the short and long-term success of their organisation.

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Topics: STEM, STEM education

Boosting Maths Talk in the Classroom

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Sep 10, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Maths talk is more than simply describing the steps when solving a problem (“First, add the ones, then the tens. If you need to regroup, do that.”). Maths discussions are focused on the process of working towards a solution, understanding how others’ think about that process, and developing a plan for similar problems. Students should be pushed to think beyond an explanation of steps to an explanation of process, including making errors and how those were resolved. They should also be encouraged to use different methods and tools when solving a problem, then sharing these ideas with others to build a bank of strategies. How can engaging in maths talk be done successfully?

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Topics: student engagement, maths, teacher tips

Giving Feedback – Tips for Teachers

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Sep 9, 2020 9:30:00 AM

I love feedback. I appreciate how feedback has helped me to improve in different aspects of my life. I believe in giving feedback that makes someone feel good about a job well done. For me, feedback is essential to growth! Yet, I can remember countless afternoons struggling to write feedback on all my students’ essays before the next class. I wanted to be thorough and write about all of the points I referenced in the lessons but my hands would cramp, my brain was mush, and by the last student’s paper I was barely writing a sentence or two that I hoped would help them improve. Not until a colleague showed me what she did — quick notes on each student’s work as she walked around and observed them during independent work time — that I began to feel like my time was being used more effectively and my students were able to implement recommendations. I also found that because I was saving time, I could talk with each student and really get a sense of their comprehension and academic needs. Those quick conversations with each student were some of my favourite times as a teacher.

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Topics: student engagement, distance learning, distance teaching, teacher tips, student learning, remote learning, effective feedback, student feedback

STEM Careers: Software Developer

Posted by Hannah Olson on Sep 3, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Software developers are the creators of both computer programs and the underlying systems that run said programs. Applications software developers create computer applications and games while systems software developers engineer operating systems and interfaces for the platforms themselves.

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Topics: STEM, STEAM, STEM education

Game-Based Learning in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Sep 1, 2020 8:30:00 AM

When I was beginning my learning adventure at 6 years old – back when teachers used blackboards and duplicators (Banda machines) – playing a game in class was the BEST! In Southern California where I’m from, it was unusual to have rainy days but when it happened our teacher would have us play Heads-Up, Seven Up during indoor break. I can remember hoping someone would put my thumb down so that I could guess the mystery person at the end of the round. We would play this game the entire time and groan aloud when break was over. Playing that game was a welcome respite from the months of circle time lessons and worksheets. Did I learn anything from playing Heads-Up? I didn’t think so at the time but looking back with my “teacher eye,” there was communication, engagement, and reasoning involved. Of course, I doubt learning those skills was intentional but it taught me two important things when I stepped into my teacher shoes: 1) children will remember the experience of a fun and engaging game, and 2) children can learn concepts and skills, solve problems, think critically, collaborate, follow rules, communicate thinking, etc. while playing a game!

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Topics: student engagement, distance learning, distance teaching, virtual classroom, remote learning, Game-Based Learning

The ‘A’ in STEAM Learning: What, Why, and How

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Aug 27, 2020 8:15:00 AM

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

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