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Often individuals think of the “T” in STEM as referring to the use of computers in the classroom. However, the “T” in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) includes all forms of technology from digital microscopes, digital probes, electronics, battery operated scientific tools etc. The following photos were sent to me from Beaches Episcopal School where I provide year-round STEM consultation for their Pre-K- Grade 6 teachers. Beaches Episcopal School has embraced STEM education. STEM investigations are being conducted throughout the entire school at every grade level and discipline,  year-round. The photos show students using a mini illuminated microscope that is very affordable, and actually works quite well. The mini microscopes have been well-received when I use them during my STEM teacher training workshops. The students are using the mini illuminated microscopes as they dissect owl pellets, and analyze their contents. The mini microscopes are available from Amazon via this website at no extra charge. I’m always elated when clients send me photos of STEM investigations being implemented within the classrooms after teachers have attended my STEM teacher training workshops. The integration of technology can actually be quite affordable, and do-able within all classrooms. For more information about the STEM Teacher Training workshops I offer contact me via this website.

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Technology in the classroom STEM Teacher Training Beaches Episcopal School

Visited Beaches Episcopal School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida for the first of three follow-up STEM education consultation visits. I had conducted a one day hands-on, inquiry-based STEM teacher training for the entire staff in June of 2013. Beaches Episcopal School had chosen to investigate implementing STEM education practices and content throughout the entire school for the 2013 school year and beyond. During my first return visit for the 2013 school year this week I was excited to see how well the integration of STEM education practices were taking place within all grade levels. All teachers are incorporating reflective journaling within their classrooms, and shared samples of their students’ journals. The pre-K, K, and First Grade Classes have planted a garden that will rotate plants according to the seasons. Students maintain the garden, and conduct STEM explorations using the garden. I was really impressed with the journals, and how eager the teachers were to incorporate STEM education within their classrooms. Teachers shared that the students are really enjoying the journals, and experiencing STEM in a hands-on-minds-on way. Parents are also excited with the push to incorporate STEM education throughout the entire school. During the consultation visit each grade level was introduced to several additional STEM investigations they could incorporate within their classes, making connections to the science content areas they will be introducing within the coming days and weeks. Check out the photos from Beaches Episcopal School, and their efforts to integrate STEM education practices and content throughout their entire school. I look forward to visiting the school throughout the 2013-2014 year to observe how STEM education can truly transform the way we teach and think.

 

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