Ultimate Project Based Learning – How Student Teamwork Built a World Championship Car

Ultimate Project Based Learning – How Student Teamwork Built a World Championship Car

Every year for the past twenty the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team (STA EVT) has built a new vehicle from the ground up to give our students the best engineering experience a high-schooler can get. The internationally recognized program started in 1997. My fellow moderator Mark Westlake and I believe in the importance of…

5 Tips for Student-Led GeoGebra Tasks

5 Tips for Student-Led GeoGebra Tasks

Most of the GeoGebra articles on the Learn Implement Share site demonstrate the power of GeoGebra for junior high school mathematics. The focus on GeoGebra for junior high mathematics is, in part, because there is a strong misconception in the math education world that GeoGebra is a tool (almost entirely) for high-level, calculus-based mathematics and high-level…

5 Reasons Teachers Should Love Podcasts—and 5 Shows to Try in The Classroom

5 Reasons Teachers Should Love Podcasts—and 5 Shows to Try in The Classroom

Savvy do-it-yourselfers and self-educators know there’s an instructional YouTube video for everything. Want to learn how to make great Spanish rice? There’s a video for that. Several, actually. Speak Dutch? Sure. Replace the brake pads on a 2003 Nissan Altima? You bet. (Also for 2003 Nissan Altimas. Or 2012-2014, rear brakes only.) No matter how…

LEGO for Learning—Get Kids Excited and Ready to Learn!

LEGO for Learning—Get Kids Excited and Ready to Learn!

Failure is just a step towards success. -Colleen Thomson, North Idaho STEM Charter Academy Robots, structures, cars and more—LEGO offers so many ways for children to build and engage in STEM-based learning. The best Lego sets are ones that get used, I always say. LEGO has grown from a basic toy manufacturer to an educational…

Flip It! The Flipped Classroom Model is for Everyone. Here’s Why.

Flip It! The Flipped Classroom Model is for Everyone. Here’s Why.

“Will a flipped classroom work in your subject and grade level? We think the answer is yes. Here’s why.”   In The Flipped Class: Is Flipping for Everyone?, hosts Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams demonstrate basic ways subject-area educators can apply the flipped classroom model to their teaching practice. Bergmann and Sams are veteran educators…

Examining The Effect of Sporting Event Ticket Prices on Youth Life Experiences

Examining The Effect of Sporting Event Ticket Prices on Youth Life Experiences

I have vivid memories of seeing professional sporting events as a youth. I remember hockey games at the old Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, where a mall now stands near the Washington Redskin’s Stadium. I remember baseball and football games at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, which is now gone. I can recall pro indoor soccer…

What Student-Driven Learning Actually Looks Like (Hint: It Looks Fun!)

What Student-Driven Learning Actually Looks Like (Hint: It Looks Fun!)

Have you ever heard the quote, “When one teaches, two learn”? Tweet This supports the mindset of, “The true strength in our classroom lies in the collaboration of learners, not in the knowledge of one expert.”   Tweet Gone are the days where the teacher is the only expert in the classroom. Classrooms need to…

9 Solar System Projects for Astronomical Fun!

9 Solar System Projects for Astronomical Fun!

Shooting stars, colossal comets, and undiscovered UFOs—our universe is a mysterious place that inspires wonder in children and adults alike. Many children imagine futures as astronauts, traveling in a rocketship to explore the vast expanses of space. Whether or not this dream becomes a reality, you can bring the intangible aspects of space a little…

Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

What is the ideal blended learning environment? I have had a lot of noneducators talk to me about technology in the classroom. Most don’t have informed opinions (so I’m happy to share mine with them). Many ask me what the best device is for learning. Sadly, I’ve even had educators argue this point with me…

The Carrot and The Stick: Are American Schools Actually Teaching Us?

The Carrot and The Stick: Are American Schools Actually Teaching Us?

When I was seven-years-old we moved from the United States to Switzerland because of my father’s job. I was born in Brazil, but having left it just two years old, I didn’t really know anything other than the U.S. I didn’t even realize I was Italian, not American. From the moment we stepped off that…

9 Rokenbok Toys for Super STEM Recreation

9 Rokenbok Toys for Super STEM Recreation

Rokenbok construction toy systems are an ideal way to introduce your child to STEM concepts and learning. Science, technology, engineering and math skills promoted by STEM toys are not only useful in school, they are important skills for understanding how the world around us works. Building Rokenbok cities and then interacting with them with remote…

Why High School Should Be More Like Preschool: The Power of Creative Teaching Methods

Why High School Should Be More Like Preschool: The Power of Creative Teaching Methods

Pre-K and Kindergarten are lively years in the classroom. Not only are students full of energy, curiosity, and wonder at every discovery, but the teaching itself is infused with interactive opportunities. Painting, drawing, song and dance, and colorful, engaging experiments are all typical and encouraged methods at these grade levels. While students are learning traditional…

Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project

Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project

In the best-selling STEM Education guide, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, authors Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager explore many important concepts that contribute to a nurturing environment for making in the classroom. An essential element to succeeding with ‘making’ is the ability to seamlessly pair art and science through innovative project-based learning. So what is involved in…

De-Grading Education: Replacing Grades with Mastery-Based Learning

De-Grading Education: Replacing Grades with Mastery-Based Learning

Author and educational strategist Elizabeth Wissner-Gross has something to say. Something that could ruffle your feathers. Something that could shake your very classroom foundations… She believes it’s time to end grading. In the below TEDx talk, Elizabeth discusses her experience with ‘grading on the curve’ and how she believes not only does this go against everything a…

Empower Students to Explore Their Passions with Genius Hour

Empower Students to Explore Their Passions with Genius Hour

It’s not easy to find time to diverge from core curriculum and give students the opportunity to pursue their interests and passions. For cutting edge educators Emily Schmidt and Martha Smith at Coltrane Webb STEM Elementary School this is no excuse; “It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.“. In an effort to empower their learners the…

Google Trends: A Captivating Way to Explore Data with your Students

Google Trends: A Captivating Way to Explore Data with your Students

Overview Did you know that Google receives and processes over 4 million search queries per minute? That is a giant shed load of queries! It is also a giant shed load of data that Google collects and makes openly available to us with Google Trends. An impressively simple gateway to exploring data with your students, Google Trends is an amazing resource that really does not get…

5 Ways for Students to Visualize Data and Create Infographics

5 Ways for Students to Visualize Data and Create Infographics

Overview According to Glassdoor.com the ninth best job in 2015 is going to be that of the Data Scientist. This is a job that pays very well, is in high demand, has excellent career opportunities and… it hardly even existed just a few years ago. As we continue to collect more and more data about every possible…

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