Edutech Masterclass STEM & Coding

Today was a day filled with #STEM and #coding at #EdutechAU Masterclass.

Participants explored how STEM can engage and challenge students while implementing the Australian Curriculum (Science, Mathematics and Technologies).

The days was a ‘hands on’ approach with participants applying a design thinking approach to robotics, programming and STEM, examining related concepts to adapt and implement in their context.

See some below some of the resources and sharing from the day.

Design Challenge with @Sphero @julia_boulton

#EduTechAU #masterclass pic.twitter.com/2928JTmGgw

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THINGLINK

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PADLET

https://padlet.com/embed/i8x91jtxj7cm

DESIGN THINKING AND CHALLENGES
https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/tom_wujec_build_a_tower.html

PROGRAMMING RESOURCES

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Maker Spaces, Design Thinking & STE(A)M

Ideas in the making…. Just some thoughts

Creating a Maker Space is just one way that we can connect what happens in the library to the real world.
There are many versions of Maker Spaces. In reality it depends on many variables such as money, space and time.
The Horizon Report 2014 (preview)  has identified  some topics that are clearly relevant and met by the use of Maker Spaces, Design Thinking and STE(A)M approaches to Innovative Teaching and Learning.
  • Significant Challenges Impeding K-12 Ed Tech Adoption 
  • Difficult Challenges: Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive
  • Complex Thinking and Communication 
  • Integrating Personalized Learning 
  • Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve
  • Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities 
See the MAKER SPACE@THE LIBRARY PINTEREST for some curated resources on this topic.
Makerspace@TheLibrary
DIIGO LINKS – MAKERSPACES
Like most things, being creative and open minded can allow you achieve success and value add for our students.
I am looking at ways we might do this as SALC. The Australian Curriculum – Technologies allows us to do this authentically and to fulfill the requirements of the curriculum (win win!).
In the past students have participated in exploratory sessions with programming, designing apps, game making and digital story telling. I would like to further scaffold this with a design thinking approach, where the students design their own inquiry, rather than it being a structured teacher led experience.
Some ideas:

MINI DESIGNERS

KIDSTHINKDESIGN

CODE.ORG

K-8 CS course

GET UNBORED

PS: This week I visited PIMPAMA STATE SECONDARY COLLEGE and saw their design thinking in action. Looking forward to seeing the next stage of their journey.

Design Minds EXPLAIN from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

FLIPPING THE TEACHERS AS WELL!

FLIPPED LEARNING FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

In my twitter feed this morning, I came across this tweet about flipped learning for professional learning. This has great potential but obviously required innovative thinking and ability to adapt. I believe that this concept would be embraced by teachers!

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FYI – Flipped learning is not just about videos

My reflections on flipping the classroom

  • Flipped learning requires intentional content
  • Need to evaluate the content being taught
  • Consider what needs to teacher directed and what can be student driven
  • Need to change the culture of what is learning
  • Does NOT have to be solely video delivery
  • Requires flexibility, ability to be adaptive and access to resources
  • Need to consider a variety of approaches (situational)
  • Use the KISS principle – KEEP IT SHORT (rather than simple) in order to engage

Flipping Professional Development: No teacher bored in the background

 

FLIPPED LEARNING

APPS

WEBSITES

DIGGO LINKS – FLIPPED LEARNING

 

 

Exploring the potential of Flipped Learning

The term Flipped Classroom has been a buzz word in education circles for a few years.
The potential for improving classroom practice and engagement is partly why there are many innovative teachers adopting these methods into their classroom practice.

See the links to resources to support your exploration.There are many examples of this being done successfully (with documentation of these journeys).

JSSALC diggo links Flipped Learning

Twitter hashtags #flippedclassroom and #flippedclass

21stedtech has an excellent collection of resources (research and practical examples).

Additionally, an infographic (for those who learn visually) explains the concept and impact succinctly. The statistics on improved student learning are mind blowing.

Source
http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/
Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

If you would like to try this with your class please let me know. Happy to support.