FilterED is an adaptive, cloud-based tool that offers school leaders a comprehensive view of the current technology landscape within their schools and/or district. School leaders can use FilterED to get the evidence, data, and context needed to prioritize, implement, measure, and monitor ongoing technology initiatives. Continue reading on the Review's Page.
VentureGirls is a new book from Dr. Cristal Glangchai that offers practical and accessible solutions for how to support girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Glangchai “argues that a key part of raising strong, confident young women is giving them the tools of entrepreneurship to engage” in STEM subjects, and this books offers solutions and suggestions for how parents, teachers, and schools can accomplish this goal.
Dr. Glangchai herself is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor, and the suggestions from this book come from both research and her own experiences. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Learning Ally is an audiobook reading solution designed to support struggling readers and help educators to bridge the gap for students who read below grade level. The resource is meant to be used by students with disabilities or as a response to intervention. Learning Ally houses a collection of high-quality, human-read audiobooks, along with easy-to-use teacher resources. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
littleBits are a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that are designed to empower students to create inventions, large and small. They’re an excellent resource for 3rd - 12th grade students, and can be used to help familiarize kids with basics of circuitry, coding, engineering, and design. littleBits have been around for the last seven years, and I’ve had the opportunity to use them in K-12 settings as well as with the preservice teachers I work with. Continue Reading.
Author: Bob Hand
“When am I going to use that information in the real world?”
This is a common observation from many K-12 students, and it’s understandable that today’s learners can fail to see the real-world value of class material. The rigors of daily life are not segmented into discrete “subjects.” So why does the traditional educational model do so? By completely segregating class material into different subjects, we often fail to engage students with authentic experiences with meaningful, real-world implications. Continue reading.
Reviews | DIVE-in Engineering from STEMscopes: An Engaging, Hands-On Engineering Curriculum for Grades 3-8
DIVE-in Engineering from Accelerate Learning was built in partnership with the folks at the New York Hall of Science. It was designed to provide 3rd-8th grade students with an engaging, hands-on engineering curriculum that can help turn your classroom into a structured, scaffolded Makerspace. The curriculum provides students with practical, inquiry-based educational experiences that encourage exploration and inspire ingenuity. Continue reading the full review.
Study.com Teacher Edition is designed to help teachers increase interactivity and engagement in the classroom by supporting and expanding upon your existing curriculum. Regardless of the grade level or subject you teach, Study.com offers a collection of video lessons, assignments, and quizzes that can be used to supplement your existing course material. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
We have previously reviewed Defined STEM here at the Roundup, and it’s an excellent platform that offers an enormous collection of pre-created problem and project-based learning resources for all core subjects in K-12. Now, the Defined STEM team has released a new collection of online PBL training modules that can be used in conjunction with Defined STEM, in preparation for a Defined STEM rollout down the road, or even by folks who are not Defined STEM users.
Overall, the online training guides teachers on how to effectively create, teach, and assess performance tasks in the classroom. Continue reading on our review's page.
SelfCAD is in all-in-one online program for 3D modeling, sculpting, and printing that is available free of charge for K-12 students and teachers. It is designed to be approachable and easy to learn, but also provide access to a suite of advanced features that are comparable to programs like Blender. In other words, it’s an excellent tool for any 3D printing need your classroom might have, while still being an easy-to-use tool. Continue Reading on our Review's Page.
Zinc Reading Labs offer test-prep based literacy tools to help secondary students become college ready. It is a supplemental online literacy program that combines engaging vocabulary games, high-interest text, gaming elements, and detailed reports for both middle and high school students. Zinc Reading Labs combines vocabulary instruction with test-prep strategies along with activities for helping students develop close reading skills. Continue reading.
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