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Put on Your Thinking Caps

Put on Your Thinking Caps
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STEM - Home Digital Activities For Visual Literacy | Gary G. Abud, Jr. Visual literacy is the ability to construct meaning from or communicate meaning through information presented in the form of an image. While it may seem like this could only be applicable to the elementary student, visual literacy pervades all subject areas, disciplines, and grade levels in schools. From identifying patterns, to understanding modern art, to interpreting and creating graphs, visual literacy is one of the most widely important skills students should develop while in K-12 schools. Teaching and practicing visual literacy, as well as making students’ thinking visible to others, has never been easier. Many activities and methodologies exist for incorporating visual literacy and making thinking visible in the classroom, but now mobile apps are able to help support the practices of visual literacy and visible thinking even more. If you’re new to visual literacy or visible thinking, there are plenty of resources out there online to get you familiarized. 1. 2. 4.

How to build a pasta bridge - WD-STEM This is the Pasta Bridge that Munn built! Materials: -Paper for blueprint (11 x 17 inches) -1/2 box linguine (or spaghetti) -10-12 glue sticks (4 inch mini's) -Mini-hot glue (low-temp) -Block (5 x 5 x 2 cm) -Eye-hook (with nut and washer) STEP 2: Blueprint. <<Must "span" 35 cm. *This is an adaptation of the Whipple Truss. *I added extra diagonal supports to the center (around where the block will be.) **In my next design, I'll have the diagonals meet exactly in the center, rather than off-center. STEP 3: Glue two strands of pasta together the length of the truss along the bottom. STEP 4: Glue the outside frame and verticals. STEP 5: GLUE the diagonals. as illustrated, glue then cut off the extra...carefully! STEP 6: Do it again! STEP 7: BLUEPRINT #2: The bottom frame (a.k.a. <<Notice the cross bars of the bottom frame line up with the vertical braces on the truss. STEP 8: GLUE the frame for the bottom. <<Top view. STEP 14: TEST!

37 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest In The Classroom 37 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest In The Classroom There are a lot of great technology tools out there for teachers that can make it easier to connect with other educators, get ideas for classroom activities, and find inspiration. One of the newest and best of these online tools is Pinterest, which has quickly become a favorite among educators. Using online “pinboards” teachers can save everything from photos to blog posts in one easily accessible and usable place. Educators who are curious about Pinterest should sign up for an invitation today (it’s still invite only, but it doesn’t take long to get an invitation) and start creating their own amazing collections of pins. Pinterest is ideal for getting inspired on a wide range of topics. Get inspiration for decorating your classroom. You’ll find a wealth of lessons and ideas on Pinterest to look through. Swap lesson plans. Develop your teaching skills and connect with other professionals using these Pinterest ideas. Find inspiration.

The 10 Best STEM Resources By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer Found In: mathematics, science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Curriculum Resources Exploratorium Provides interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events for K-12. Professional Development STEM Education Resource Center Provides nearly 4,000 science, technology, engineering and math resources for PreK-5, 6-12 as well as free, self-paced modules for teachers teaching global climate change to middle school and high school students.

Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong | by Alina Tugend The 10 best resources for K-12 STEM projects | eSchool News [Listed in alphabetical order] 1. FIRST Robotics: FIRST is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for STEM and has attracted more than 300,000 youth and more than 120,000 Mentors, Coaches, and Volunteers from more than 70 countries. The annual programs culminate in an international robotics competition. 2. Kinetic City is a collection of science experiments, games and projects for students of all ages both online and offline. 3. Developed by The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., MASTER Tools are the result of on-going collaborations with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), George Mason University, and other education organizations. 4. NASA’s special site devoted specifically to educators provides free lesson plans and project ideas to K-12 educators. 5. The NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education provides a list of activities and resources for K-12 teachers and students. (Next page: Project resources 6-10)

Christine Moynihan: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Math Instruction STEAM tips and resources you can use right now By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura Read more by Laura Devaney March 3rd, 2014 STEAM advocates and supporters can share these tips with curriculum directors and teachers The need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and proficiency is nothing new. But a movement is growing for STEAM education, in which the “a” stands for Arts. Cultivating scientific and mathematical viewpoints and experiences through arts education is a critical need in today’s schools, STEAM advocates say. Each of these tips, resources, or tools will help you as you attempt to integrate arts education and arts experiences into STEM education.