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Amp Up STEM Instruction in Your Classroom

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on May 4, 2021 8:30:00 AM

The need to incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) regularly in the curriculum is essential. Why? Research has shown that the call for STEM-related jobs has grown much faster, as much as three times more, than the call for other jobs. The investment of time and resources in STEM instruction now is an investment in the STEM workforce.

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Topics: STEM, STEM education, MyStemKits

8 Tips for Getting Students Focused

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Apr 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM

More and more schools are opening up to in-class learning, even as we get closer to the end of the school year. Regardless of if they have two months or two weeks left in the year, the excitement of being in their classrooms with their classmates and teacher can be overwhelming. We celebrate in-person learning and the effort it takes to ensure everyone’s health and safety but after the initial frenzy of first day, first week, first recess, what can be done to get students focused and ready to learn?

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Topics: teacher tips, student learning

7 Fun Activities for Earth Day 2021

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Apr 21, 2021 8:45:00 AM

Earth Day is on April 22 and this year’s theme is Restore Our Earth which emphasises natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking to help restore the world’s ecosystems. Since its inception in 1970, the intent of Earth Day is to care about the natural world through proactive preservation measures. Clearly there is more work to do but there are fun and easy activities to start with in the classroom. Here are seven of our favourite Earth Day activities:

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Topics: student learning, lesson ideas

Podcast: Motivating Young Women in STEM

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Apr 15, 2021 8:45:00 AM

Hannah Olson, co-creator of the award-winning MyStemKits STEM Curriculum, recently spoke with Larry Jacobs from Equity and Access Pre K-12 (ace-ed.org) on the topic of STEM education and careers, focusing on encouraging young women to explore what STEM has to offer.

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Topics: STEM, STEM education, Podcast

Ed Tech and Ensuring Student Safety

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Apr 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM

With almost a year of considerable use of education technology, including web-enabled devices, large-screen interactive panel displays, video conferencing software, learning management systems, and web cameras, the need to keep students safe is greater. At the beginning of the school year, most schools made sure parents and students signed some type of Acceptable Use Agreement for online learning and digital resources to ensure a safe learning environment. What are general safety reminders and expectations teachers and parents need to make sure of?

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Topics: teacher tips, Education Technology

Showing Leadership by Supporting Teachers

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Apr 7, 2021 8:30:00 AM

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that teachers are incredibly resilient, resourceful, and ready to move forward. Besides working through a pandemic, whether in-class with stringent safety precautions or remotely while also dealing with personal responsibilities, teachers have proven that they are willing to make the effort. Why? There’s a lot of heart in the teaching profession. Many teachers will say that they derive joy from seeing their students’ eyes light up when they understand a new concept or are excited by a hands-on project. Being in a classroom, teachers are able to work closely with students, observe how they collaborate with one another, and celebrate achievements as a class. But with what seems like the unending concerns over health and safety, learning loss and closing gaps, and the social-emotional well-being of their students, teachers need more than a “Good job!” and “Keep going!” What can Head Teachers and Principals do so that teachers feel like they’re being seen, heard, and supported?

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Topics: administrator tips, teacher support

Tips for Teaching Students with Autism

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Mar 31, 2021 8:30:00 AM

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day that recognises the rights of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What is ASD? It is a developmental disorder that can cause people to behave, communicate, interact, and learn in different ways than most others. As more children are diagnosed with ASD, teachers need to be prepared to teach them using a variety of strategies and tools including educational technology. Read some tips for supporting your students with ASD in the classroom.

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Topics: teacher tips, student learning

Optimise Teaching and Learning with One Web Platform

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Mar 26, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Teachers worldwide are working under incredible conditions to “normalise” the learning experience for their students. This means extra hours creating interactive lessons, planning a simplified scope and sequence of lessons, and for schools with hybrid learning situations deciding which materials will be used for asynchronous learning and ones for synchronous sessions. Combine this with trying to balance their personal lives, and more teachers have admitted to experiencing burnout early on in this past school year. Of course, the availability of education technology for helping teachers teach and students learn is plentiful but dizzying – there’s so much out there! Before making a selection, let’s look at what teachers have found successful for remote and hybrid learning.

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Topics: blended learning, MimioConnect, hybrid learning, remote learning

Teaching About Recycling and Climate Change

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Mar 18, 2021 8:30:00 AM

March 18th is Global Recycling Day and this year’s theme is ‘Recycling Heroes’ to recognise those who demonstrate the critical role that recycling plays. This includes what these recycling heroes do to help keep the environment clean and balanced. By recycling, we help decrease the need for collecting and processing non-renewable resources like coal and oil, and raw materials like trees. All these activities contribute to the pollution of our air and water, as well as increase greenhouse gas emissions thus affecting the climate. Recycling saves energy and reduces the hazardous effects of greenhouse gases such as the continued rise of global temperatures, melting ice caps, and the increased danger of wildfires. Really, we all could be recycling heroes by the actions we take. Here are activities to try with your class, even in a hybrid learning environment:

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Topics: student learning, STEM, STEM learning

Teaching and Learning the Art of Poetry

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Mar 16, 2021 8:45:00 AM

World Poetry Day will be celebrated on March 21, 2021 and now is a perfect time to incorporate poetry lessons in your classrooms. Established in 1999 by UNESCO, the purpose of World Poetry Day is to promote poetry reading, writing, and teaching, as well as encourage the relationship between poetry and the other arts such as dance, music, painting, and theater. What are some elements of poetry study to remember? Poems can rhyme, but don’t have to. Poems can be broken into stanzas, which are like paragraphs, or they can be as short as a few syllables per line. There are different types of poems such as ballads, free verse, haikus, limericks, and sonnets. There are poets and poems to research from every century in history, with the earliest poetry believed to predate written language to concrete poems that arrange words into a shape.

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Topics: teacher tips, reading and writing

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