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NASA resources: A universe of learning at your fingertips

NASA resources: A universe of learning at your fingertips

05/20/2019

Topics: citizen science, STEM & STEAM

Searching for resources on the NASA website to challenge and inspire budding scientists can be a bit like exploring the universe: You’ll find a vast expanse of interesting data, visuals, stories and creations.…

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Educators should be on front lines of making STEM, CS a reality for all

Educators should be on front lines of making STEM, CS a reality for all

12/19/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, STEM & STEAM

Not long ago, I was a high school student sitting in a classroom wondering how taking a particular class would help me in life.

Luckily, most of the courses I was taking actually complemented what I planned to study in college – computer science.

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Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala: Education change agent in Paraguay

Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala: Education change agent in Paraguay

12/19/2018

Topics: STEM & STEAM

Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala’s Facebook page resembles that of many young adults: photos of art she likes, snapshots of her nieces and nephews, a group selfie on a night out with friends in Asunción, Paraguay. She also quotes Abraham Lincoln and posts links to media coverage of her job.…

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There' 's more to digital equity than devices and bandwidth

There's more to digital equity than devices and bandwidth

10/03/2018

Topics: 1:1, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Augmented reality, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Education leadership, Gamification, Gaming, Makerspaces, Mobile learning, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Project-based learning, Robotics, STEM & STEAM, Technology infrastructure, Tools

The past decade has seen a narrowing of the digital divide when it comes to two things: the number of devices in classrooms and the Wi-Fi that transforms these devices into powerful learning tools.

But it’s premature to say the digital playing field has been leveled.…

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6 real-world NASA citizen science lessons any teacher can lead

7 NASA citizen science lessons any teacher can lead

04/26/2019

Topics: ISTE Standards for Students, STEM & STEAM

Even as a die-hard science geek, molecular biologist Melanie Peffer found her science classes painfully boring. It wasn’t until she started engaging in authentic scientific inquiry in real-world labs that she…

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Mitchel Resnick: Scratch creator, professor is an expert on helping student creativity flourish

Mitchel Resnick: Scratch creator, professor is an expert on helping student creativity flourish

09/21/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, STEM & STEAM

Mitchel Resnick’s portfolio is packed with impressive titles and honors – a bachelor’s in physics from Princeton University, a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he works today. There’s even a stint as a science-technology…

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Make CS accessible to all students with physical computing

Make CS accessible to all students with physical computing

09/14/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

The notion that computer science education is essential for all is picking up steam in the United States; however, we still are a long way from making it accessible and equitable for all.…

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Harness the power of 3D models in the classroom

Harness the power of 3D models in the classroom

07/30/2018

Topics: STEM & STEAM

3D design and modeling might seem like constructs exclusively for video gamers, architects and engineers. But the truth is, 3D concepts are useful in many arenas and are even finding their way into classrooms to teach a variety of digital age skills.

3D models are realistic-…

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Embed computational thinking into PBL

Embed computational thinking into PBL

07/17/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, ISTE Standards for Students, STEM & STEAM

Like many of my students, my daughter, Anisa, is very familiar with using electronic circuits to make designs …

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Students can explore the solar system' 's outer limits with NASA

Students can explore the solar system's outer limits with NASA

06/12/2018

Topics: ISTE Standards for Students, STEM & STEAM

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Wanted: Rogue planet believed to be hiding at the edge of…

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